How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Young students dropping out, anti-Latino hate crimes on the rise, the Asian American experience in portraits, more

California reports eighth-grade dropout rate for first time - Los Angeles Times About 3.5% of California eighth-graders, or 17,257 students, left school and didn't return for ninth grade. Gaps persist between ethnic groups, with the high school graduation rate at 68 percent for Latinos and 59 for African American students.

Review: 'What is an Asian American?' at the National Portrait Gallery - The Washington Post A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery aims to depict the Asian American experience and identity in photographs, charcoal sketches, video and painting.

US chided for slow reveal of immigration program - Seattle Post-Intelligencer A federal judge in New York ordered lawyers yesterday for an update on progress made toward disclosing documents about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Secure Communities immigration enforcement program to civil rights groups.

Report: Anti-Latino hate crimes surge - Riverside Press-Enterprise The number of anti-Latino hate crimes surged statewide last year, according to a report from the state attorney general's office. The report noted 119 anti-Latino crimes in California in 2010, up nearly 50 percent from the 81 in 2009. There was also a slight rise in the overall number of hate crimes statewide.

Governor's Great Grandparents Were Illegal Immigrants - KOAT Albuquerque New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who supports a controversial bill that would bar undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses, "said she has something in common with the protesters because her own ancestors came to the country illegally, but it will not affect her position." She says the bill addresses public safety.

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