Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Many more eligible for deferred action, Asian American voters and the GOP, another OC fast, more

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Advocates struggle to reach immigrants eligible for deferred action - New York Times While close to half a million young immigrants have been approved since last year for deferred action, a two-year reprieve from deportation, many have yet to apply. From the story: "By some estimates, about half of the eligible immigrants have not applied, with participation particularly low in some immigrant-rich states like New York and Florida and among some large immigrant groups, including the Chinese, Dominicans and Filipinos."

GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American voters - Los Angeles Times From the story: "After years of divided loyalties, Asian American voters have swung heavily behind the Democratic Party and its candidates, posing a serious threat to Republicans whose political base — older, whiter, more conservative — is shrinking by the day."

OC Immigration Activists To Resume ‘Fast For Families’ - CBS Los Angeles Activists are planning a four-day fast outside the Irvine office of state Rep. John Campbell, a Republican, in their efforts to convince the House GOP to vote on immigration reform. A similar fast coinciding with a hunger strike in Washington, D.C. was held recently outside another lawmaker's office in Brea.

National campaign to build Latino history museum comes to LA - Southern California Public Radio Supporters of the would-be National Museum of the American Latino took their case to Los Angeles recently in a town hall meeting at the University of Southern California. If approved, the Washington, D.C. museum would be the third Smithsonian museum focused on an ethnic or racial group. Raising money is key: Its estimated cost would be more than a half-billion dollars.

Tired of being marginalized, Viet gay rights group stops playing nice - Los Angeles Times After being kept from joining a Lunar New Year event, members of a Vietnamese American gay rights group "decided it was time to stop playing nice. They took training sessions with established LGBT groups, sought out legal strategy from veteran gay rights defenders Lambda Legal and attended workshops." Now, members of the new Viet Rainbow group hope to educate their community.

Carlos Santana, Martina Arroyo named Kennedy Center honorees at Washington gala - NBC Latino Mexican-born music icon Carlos Santana and Puerto Rican-American opera singer Martina Arroyo were two of the five artists honored Sunday for their contributions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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