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Undocumented immigrant students stage a sit- in at President Obama's Culver City, Calif. campaign office, June 15, 2012
Whew, what a week it has been. Suspense has been building as the U.S. Supreme Court issues rulings on several cases it has heard this year, but not yet on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, on which a decision is expected this month. It's also been just over a week since President Obama announced he'd grant temporary legal status to some young undocumented immigrants, and the logistical challenges are sinking in.
This, plus the fact that immigration from Asia has surpassed that from Latin America, and the continuing runup to the November election. Here are some highlights from the week.
Deferred action: What happens next? It's been more than a week since the Obama administration announced a plan to grant temporary legal status to some young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 16 and are no older than 30. But there are many unanswered questions and concerns, not limited to who will qualify, the threat of scams and fraud, and how federal agencies will handle a crush of applications.
Asian America: Half a dozen facts as Asians become the biggest groups of new immigrants As immigration from Latin America has slowed, immigration from Asia has surpassed it. According to a new Pew Research Center report, more immigrants from Asia arrived in the United States in 2010 than from Latin America. The report has met with criticism from some Asian American groups, who say it doesn't sufficiently address major disparities among Asians in the U.S.
Rubio as running mate: Help for Romney, or 'Hispandering?' Republican presidential nominee-apparent Mitt Romney confirmed this week that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is being vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate pick, along with others. And it's brought back the debate over whether Rubio can help steer much-needed Latino voters toward Romney, or whether such a move is perceived as pandering to the Latino electorate.
No ruling on SB 1070; more Supreme Court opinions expected Monday The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule this month on whether Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-illegal immigration law is preempted by federal law. But so far, the justices this week have held off on issuing a ruling. A synopsis of what the justices are considering, what's at stake for the states, and what the outcome might be.
Poll: Obama’s popularity among Latinos spikes Was President Obama’s recent announcement that he would grant temporary legal status to some undocumented young people a smart political move? It would seem so. A second poll since last week by the Latino Decisions polling firm indicates that among Latinos in five battleground states, Obama maintains a strong lead over GOP rival Mitt Romney.