How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Hints that Alawadi murder may not be hate crime, bucking the Latino-Hispanic label, deported parents, more

Records hint Iraqi woman’s death not a hate crime - San Diego Union-Tribune The recent murder of Shaima Alawadi has sent fear through the Iraqi immigrant community in El Cajon, Calif. and beyond, and has been investigated as a possible hate crime after a suspicious note was found. But police records indicate family problems, including a potential divorce.

Stephen Colbert Mocks Mitt Romney's 'Latino Problem' - NBC The "Colbert Report" comic had fun with GOP presidential front-runner candidate Mitt Romney and his much-reported outreach gap with Latino voters, saying "I believe that Romney's got a shot because of his Hispanic roots that run deep." Romney's father was born in Mexico, a descendant of Mormons who migrated from the U.S.

Latino or Hispanic? For many Americans, neither term feels right - Los Angeles Times A Pew Hispanic Center report shows that the pan-ethnic Latino-Hispanic label doesn't sit well with everyone, with many preferring to identify based on their family's country of origin.

A growing number of deported parents - Southern California Public Radio A federal report tracking the deportations of immigrants who are parents counts the removal of 46,486 immigrants who claimed to be the parent of a U.S. citizen child between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011.

Prenatal care proposal for illegal immigrants divides Nebraska lawmakers, frustrates governor - Washington Post Some conservatives lawmakers in Nebraska are supporting a plan to offer state-funded prenatal care to undocumented women, while others are arguing that doing so "would violate a bedrock GOP belief."

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