How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Reform and the House GOP, the Senate bill's critics on the left, CA Latinos about to equal whites, more

Eric Fischer

A race and ethnicity map of the Los Angeles area by artist Eric Fischer, based on the 2010 census. Red dots stand for white, blue for black, green for Asian, orange for Latino and yellow for "other." California's Latino population is expected to catch up by mid-2013 to that of its non-Latino white population. The milestone is expected to occur in the very near future.

House Republicans take foot off gas in drive for immigration reform - PBS News Hour The Senate passed its immigration reform bill last Thursday, but House Republicans are making it clear they will take the issue at their own pace: "House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Sunday that Republicans would like to duplicate the bipartisan outcome that emerged from the Senate, but that the House version should reflect the fact that the chamber is controlled by the GOP."

Are liberals turning on immigration reform? - The Atlantic On the lesser-known opposition to the Senate's immigration reform bill: Critics on the left who see the bill as too heavy-handed on border enforcement, among other things. The bill passed after Senate lawmakers approved a costly border security amendment last week. One border activist group called the bill "'a promise of abuse, violation and death' for residents of border communities."

Latinos poised to catch up with whites in state's population - Sacramento Bee A ceremony at the state Capitol in Sacramento will be held Tuesday to mark an imminent shift in the California's population, as the number of Latino California residents catches up to that of non-Latino whites. The shift is expected in the very near future.

Undocumented immigrants await action from Congress on legislation - Baltimore Sun As the immigration debate heads to the House following passage of the Senate's reform bill, unauthorized immigrants and advocates hold onto hope that some kind of legalization plan will be approved.

Odd alliance could be key to deal on immigration bill - USA Today On the potential for compromise on immigration reform in the House through a partnership struck between Democrat Luis Gutierrez of Chicago and Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, South Carolina, in spite of Gowdy's sponsorship of a strict enforcement bill.

Why immigration is the new gay marriage - Businessweek From the story: "Immigration is no longer an issue of political economy—it’s a cultural one, where opinions are driven by attitudes toward foreigners rather than by pocketbook concerns. Whether that’s good or bad for the prospects of meaningful immigration reform remains an open question, but the speed of the cultural shift on another hotly debated issue—gay marriage—suggests some reason for optimism."

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