How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In Immigration News: Obama rallies for reform in SF, public stands behind 'path to citizenship', Katy Perry's geisha act and more

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President Obama will focus on immigration reform in a speech Monday in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Obama visits San Francisco during his toughest times - San Francisco Chronicle President Obama returns to San Francisco for fund-raisers and a speech on immigration reform in San Francisco's Chinatown. Protesters are expected to greet him at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center. Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE) is among the groups that believes the president can deploy his executive power. From the story: "Congress has been very ineffective at moving on immigration, but we believe that Obama can't continue to hide behind Congress on this issue," said ASPIRE's May Liang. The president is expected to travel to Los Angeles in the evening. 

Legal resources scarce for immigration detainees - The California Report Immigration law is not only high-stakes but extremely complicated. But "very few people being held in immigration detention have a lawyer, usually because they can't afford one," according to the story. Detainees end up doing their own research in the prison law library and use do-it-yourself legal guides that allow them to apply for appeals for their immigration cases.

In Report, 63% Back Way to Get Citizenship - New York Times A new report by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 63 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally. The report drew on four surveys showing that this support crossed party and religious lines. The institute found that support for citizenship has stayed consistent since March. But in the months since, the chances of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress have fallen. Republicans in the House, where immigration legislation has stalled, want to work on immigration issues piecemeal without a clear path to citizenship.

Different churches, different cultures — all under the same roof - Southern California Public Radio Evangelical churches on Sunday held a service and Thanksgiving meal together in Costa Mesa with a feast as diverse as the members:  fried chicken and chicken mole, pozole and pizza. Churchgoers included Latinos, Pacific Islanders and members of Purépechas, an indigenous group from central Mexico whose native language isn't Spanish. This range in backgrounds spotlights the changing demographics of this corner of Orange County. The churches share support for immigration reform, although their level of advocacy varies.

Katy Perry's Geisha Act Is Called "Racist" - Kotaku  In case you missed it, Sunday night was the American Music Awards, and aside from another head-scratching Miley Cyrus performance, the act drawing the most attention was Katy Perry singing on stage as a geisha. Some Asian-Americans have criticized Perry for misappropriating Asian culture. From the story: "What's the fuss? Perry, who is apparently a Japanophile, dressed up for her "Unconditionally" performance, which mixed and matched Japanese and Chinese culture as if it were a Pan-Asian buffet."

 

 

 

 

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