How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news, this afternoon

Good afternoon. The morning slipped away from me as I worked on a post about local relief efforts for victims of the devastating flooding in Pakistan. But better late than never, here are some of the top immigration-related stories of the moment.

  • The Obama administration is not only breaking records in terms of deportations, but in terms of backlogged immigration cases pending resolution, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • I wish I'd made it to the Wizard of Oz-themed protest by immigrant advocates near President Obama's Hancock Park fundraiser yesterday, if only to hear a protester wearing a Dorothy costume say this to a reporter, per the Los Angeles Wave: "In 'The Wizard of Oz' Dorothy was lost. She couldn't find her way home. President Obama is lost and he needs to find back to keeping his promise of immigration reform.'' (The biggest story out of the fundraiser, of course, was the traffic jam.)

  • Alabama is the latest state to jump on the post-SB 1070 bandwagon, Business Week reports, with Republican legislative candidates unveiling an agenda that includes an Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration law.

  • Two good pieces on the politics behind the "Ground Zero Mosque" debate, one from the New York Times examining its role in midterm elections for Republicans, another from the Washington Post on the divisions among Democrats on the issue, especially now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has weighed in against the mosque.

  • The Arizona Republic reports on how easy it is to get around the E-Verify system, a voluntary federal online system for verifying employees' eligibility to work in the U.S.

  • Lastly, on the opinion front, a piece from Gregory Rodriguez in the Los Angeles Times that takes a stand against some GOP leaders' efforts to revise the 14th Amendment in order to do away with automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of undocumented parents.

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