How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Two undocumented student leaders, DREAM Act update, judge rules against Tenn. mosque opponents, more

Should an illegal immigrant be student body president at Fresno State? - Los Angeles Times The LAT poses the question to readers after revelation that CSU Fresno student body president Pedro Ramirez is undocumented.

Miami student leader reveals he is an undocumented migrant - Miami Herald CSU Fresno's Ramirez isn't the only student leader to admit he lacks a green card. Colombian-born José Salcedo, 19, a college student government association president in Miami, has done the same.

Sen. Harry Reid vows to advance DREAM Act, 'don't ask, don't tell' legislation - Los Angeles Times Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced yesterday that the Senate will proceed with votes on the lame-duck session on both proposed measures.

Prosecutors: $30M Ponzi scheme targeted Muslims - The Washington Post A Pakistani-American taxi driver turned prominent Chicago businessman is among three people indicted for defrauding hundreds of Muslim investors, Pakistani and Indian immigrants, out of $30 million.

Judge Refuses To Stop Construction Of Tenn. Mosque - NPR A judge has refused to stop construction of a proposed mosque in Tennessee that was opposed by residents who tried to argue against it based on a religious-takeover conspiracy theory.

A&M student leader veto stands over immigrant fees - Houston Chronicle The Texas A&M student senate has rejected a bill that criticized a policy allowing in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

U.N. agency designates Mexican food a cultural treasure - Miami Herald That's right: It's now considered an "intangible cultural heritage of humanity," right up there with French cuisine.

Education Activist Sylvia Mendez to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom - Latina Mendez was the Mexican-Puerto Rican kid from Orange County whose parents filed Mendez vs. Westminster, the lawsuit leading to a landmark decision in the battle against educational segregation in the 1940s.

Meg Whitman Settles For $5,500 With Ex-Housekeeper - NPR Nicandra Diaz Santillan, whose revelation that she worked illegally for Whitman helped sink Whitman's gubernatorial campaign, was seeking back wages.

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