Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: California's Latino plurality, Asian American students, migrants' left-behind belongings, more

An undated photo of Los Angeles' historic Olvera Street. Latinos in California hit plurality status this year, based on state demographers' projections. But the estimated share of Spanish-descent Californians was relatively large at the time California became a state in 1850. It decreased as more non-Latino whites migrated to the state, then rose again in the latter part of the 20th century.
An undated photo of Los Angeles' historic Olvera Street. Latinos in California hit plurality status this year, based on state demographers' projections. But the estimated share of Spanish-descent Californians was relatively large at the time California became a state in 1850. It decreased as more non-Latino whites migrated to the state, then rose again in the latter part of the 20th century. LA Public Library/Security Pacific National Bank Collection

California's Latino plurality brings a sense of déjà vu - NPR According to state projections, California hit a population milestone in March, when its Latino population became larger than that of non-Latino whites. But a look at California's estimated population shortly before statehood in 1850 reveals that this isn't necessarily a first. California's estimated Latino population share dropped from that time as more non-Latino whites migrated from other parts of the country; it began to rise again in the latter part of of the 20th century.

Supreme Court declines to hear Nebraska immigration case - Reuters From the story: "The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a Nebraska town's ordinance that cracks down on illegal immigration, declining to hear an appeal filed by a civil rights group. The 2010 ordinance in Fremont, Nebraska, includes a provision that bars landlords from renting to illegal immigrants." Plaintiffs represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund had filed suit, arguing the provision conflicted with federal law; an earlier appeals court decision concluded it did not.

Biden Tells Boehner To ‘Stand Up’ To Base On Immigration Reform - TIME Speaking at a Cinco de Mayo breakfast, Vice President Joe Biden once more argued for immigration reform, and said it was time for House Speaker John Boehner to "stand up" to fellow GOP House members on immigration. From the story: “' It’s time for John—he’s a good man, John Boehner—to stand up and other Republicans to stand up,' Biden said." Speaking at Miami Dade College over the weekend, Biden responded to an audience member yelling "Stop deportations!" with "We will do that, too, kid, but let me finish my speech."

Study ties hard work to Asian students’ higher grades. What’s your excuse? - Washington Post A new study concludes that it's simple: Hard work equals success. The study "finds that hard work is the reason why Asian-American students do better in school than their white peers. But the authors of the study also found that, by some measures, Asian youth may not be as happy. Asians in surveys were less likely to agree with the statement 'I feel good about myself,' and they reported spending less time with friends and feeling more distant from their parents."

Dramatic Stories of Immigration Told Through Objects Left Behind - Wired Like they do when they lighten their load in the heat along the U.S.-Mexico border, migrants en route to Europe leave behind items as well. A photographer captures some of these belongings - toothpaste, a cooking pot, a compass, a baby bottle - left on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a gateway for migrants from Africa who make the dangerous crossing by sea.

 

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