How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: The Shaima Alawadi murder, crime victims' fear of deportation, Georgia immigration bill drops college ban, more

Killing of Iraqi Woman Leaves Immigrant Community Shaken - New York Times The hateful note found next to murder victim Shaima Alawadi was the second her family reported finding in a week. Her husband told the Times: “Some neighbors, I say ‘hi’ to them, and they just turn away"...“More than 95 percent of the time, I feel welcome. But once in a while, people shout at you. They shout ‘terrorist,’ or ‘go back to your country.’ ”

Fear of deportation stops immigrants from reporting crimes - New York Daily News The fear of being deported stops many immigrants from reporting crimes, including trafficking victims, who are eligible for special visas. So few come forward that out of a pool of 5,000 special T visas available each year, many go unused. Only 557 T visas were approved last year.

Georgia Lawmakers Drop College Ban from Immigration Bill - Fox News Latino Part of a Georgia immigration bill that proposed banning undocumented immigrants from public colleges and universities has been dropped, after its author said the bill didn't have enough support to clear the state House. But it still bars undocumented immigrants from other public services.

Calif. wants Arizona immigration law overturned - San Jose Mercury News California has joined 10 other states in asking that Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law be overturned, saying that the law would drive undocumented immigrants to other states. The high court is expected to weigh in on SB 1070 next month.

S.F. suspect not alone in dodging deportation - San Francisco Chronicle A 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling prevents immigrants from being locked up indefinitely while awaiting deportation. It's being cited now after one ex-convict whose native Vietnam refused to take him back, prompting his release from detention, has been accused of five killings in the Bay Area.

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