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Posts of the week: 'Upscale Latinos,' the rights of undocumented crime victims, why English-language content is the big thing now, more

A house for sale in north Downey, home to many Latinos con plata, Sept. 2010
A house for sale in north Downey, home to many Latinos con plata, Sept. 2010
Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

It's been a busy week here in Multi-Americanlandia. An evolving crime story in South Los Angeles involving families and children has led to a discussion of undocumented crime victims' rights (which they do have), large media outlets have continue to woo Latinos in English (because yes, they speak it, and they have money), and politicos and candidates around the world, not only in the U.S., have been sounding off on immigration as an election-year theme.

Miss any of it? Here are a few highlights from the week:


What is an upscale Latino? Read a new report - or take a look around According to a new report, "between 2000 and 2010 the number of upscale Latino households more than doubled from 1.3 million to 2.9 million, and grew three times faster than the number of non-Latino upscale consumer households." All good fodder for advertisers seeking to make contact with this crowd, including via English-language content. Not that they're at all hard to find in places like L.A. County, home to upscale majority-Latino neighborhoods in cities like Whittier and Downey.


When immigrants are crime victims, how much does legal status matter? As the ongoing teacher lewd-conduct scandal at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles unfolds, one issue that has emerged is the immigration status of some parents. Some have voiced fears about coming forward and speaking with law enforcement because they are undocumented, even as they worry that their children may have been harmed. But undocumented crime victims do have legal rights, including access to a special visa for victims known as the U-Visa.


'What every immigrant parent tells his kid': What's your story? In the Oscar-nominated film "A Better Life," the immigrant gardener played by actor Demián Bichir tells his teenage son: "You are the most important thing in this world to me, mijo. I wanted you to be able to be anything you wanted to be. That would make me feel worthy, if you became somebody.” This scene from the film has resonated with several readers, who have shared memories of what their immigrant parents told them, or what was left unsaid. Their anecdotes have continued in other posts.


Election-year immigration talk isn't just for the U.S. Immigration as a campaign issue is a long-held tradition in the U.S. Even now, as illegal border crossing arrests have dipped to historic lows, the candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination have talked of border fences and other restrictions. But this isn't the sole province of U.S. candidates. In Russia, France and other countries, immigration has also been an election-year theme. A sampling of immigration rhetoric in other nations, some with upcoming national elections this year, others not.


Why English-language content for Latinos is the future The past year or so has brought an onslaught of English-language media projects aimed at Latinos, with a focus on digital content. Among them have been Fox News Latino and HuffPost Latino Voices. Just the past week has brought reports of a Disney and Univision English-language television partnership and the launch of Voxxi, a news website for English-speaking "acculturated Latinos." What gives, and why now? In a thoughtful Q&A, Deloitte media and social technology expert Giovanni Rodriguez explains.