How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: The possibility of immigration reform, Latinos and the GOP's future, immigrants and 'American culture,' more

Immigration reform could be on new Congress' agenda - Boston Globe Since President Obama's reelection last week, aided by the support of Latino voters, "several Republican leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have said the GOP needs to reckon with immigration reform and pass a comprehensive bill."

Latinos in California offer Republicans a glimpse into the party's future - Associated Press From the story: "There is no better place to witness how demographic shifts have shaped elections than in California, the home turf of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan that just a generation ago was a reliably Republican state in presidential contests. A surge in immigrants transformed the state, and its voting patterns."

California election turnout: In search of a million missing voters - Southern California Public Radio While final Election Day voter turnout is still forthcoming, it appears that about one-million fewer Californians voted this year than in 2008. An analysis of who turned out in force - among them young people and voters of color - seems to indicate that a shrinking number of older white voters played a part. 

Does immigration actually threaten American culture?  - Forbes In an essay, contributor Amit Ghate argues that "not a single one of us inherits our ideas. We each choose which to accept or reject through a process of learning. And while demographics may play a small role in the ideas we might consider, they don’t, and can’t determine our choices."

Ex-immigration head gets prison in child porn case - USA Today Anthony Mangione, a former top official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Florida, was senteced to 70 months in prison on federal child pornography charges. He ran South Florida operations for the agency between 2007 to 2011.

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