How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

This morning has brought with it an interesting mix of stories. Here are a few of them.

  • The Associated Press reports that in Arizona, legislators have decided to shelve the idea of making "tweaks" to the state's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, as proposed earlier by Gov. Jan Brewer, pending the state's appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court. The state is appealing the decision of a federal judge who last month blocked key parts of the law from being implemented.

  • And speaking of Arizona, according to a news release on MMD Newswire, the conservative Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, known as ALIPAC, has been keeping count of states following Arizona's lead and has announced that there are now 22 states that have been pursuing SB 1070-style legislation.

  • The Washington Post and UPI report on the continuing federal civil rights investigation involving Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, who is being threatened with a lawsuit if he refuses to cooperate. Arpaio is under investigation for possible discrimination against Latinos in violation of federal civil rights laws.

  • Remember Aunt Zeituni? The immigration judge who granted asylum to Zeituni Onyango, President Obama's aunt who would have otherwise been deported to Kenya, said in an Associated Press story that the leaking of her immigration status by a federal government official made her a potential target in her native country, thus making her deserving of asylum.

  • The Sacramento Bee and others have stories based on a new report showing that Latino homeowners have been hardest hit by the state's foreclosure crisis. The entire report from the Center for Responsible Lending can be seen here.

  • The Washington Post has an interesting piece on the key role of conservative bloggers in bringing the politically charged debate over the so-called Ground Zero mosque to national prominence.

  • Lastly, the Stanford Report, from the university of the same name, has an interesting story on the work of a graduate-student anthropologist who has been unearthing a former fishing village, near what is now the Monterey Bay Aquarium, that was home to hundreds of Chinese immigrants more than a century ago.

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