How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Latino births drop with economy, teen commits suicide over immigration status, anti-Dream Act immigrants, more

Hispanic birth rate drops due to economic downturn - Chicago Sun-Times New data shows that while births in the U.S. have decreased overall, they have dropped the most - nearly 11 percent since 2007 - among Latinos, the group hardest hit by the economy. Non-Latino white births still lead, although that birth rate fell also.

Undocumented Immigrant Teen Commits Suicide in Texas - New America Media The 18-year-old honor roll student from Texas was distraught over his immigration status, something he described in his suicide note. His brother told a local television station that he "had been counting on the passage of the federal DREAM Act." He had been in the U.S. since he was six months old.

Legal immigrants join fight against Dream Act - The Washington Post Meanwhile, some immigrants who waited for and received visas to live in the U.S. legally are coming out in opposition to measures that would grant conditional legal status to undocumented college students, and facilitate their paying tuition.

Newt Gingrich targets 'sanctuary' cities for illegal immigrants - Christian Science Monitor Campaigning in South Carolina, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told an audience that he'd cut off federal funding to any city that "declared itself a sanctuary" for undocumented  immigrants; last week, he spoke out in favor of a path to legal status for some.

Federal officials report more than 1,000 complaints about Alabama immigration law - al.com Federal Department of Justice officials say they have received more than 1,000 calls or emails with complaints about how Alabama's stringent new anti-illegal immigration law is affecting the lives of immigrants there.

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