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In the news this morning

A few of today's top immigration-related stories: a border security bill, uncertainty about further immigration reforms, and more.


  • President Obama has signed a new border security bill, keeping mum about the prospects of further immigration legislation down the line, USA Today reports.



  • But does an enforcement-based measure like the new border bill do anything to quell the immigration debate? Nope. NPR and ABC News have stories that explore this angle.



  • The latest two cents on the 14th Amendment debate, from Politico: California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina say they don't endorse doing away with birthright citizenship, an idea being floated by some GOP leaders.



  • Lastly, from the Sunshine State: Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum is feeling some backlash from my Miami relatives - oops, I meant Florida Latinos - after pushing for an Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration law in that state.

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In the news this morning

Buenos días. Here are some of the top immigration-related stories this morning, along with a couple of other good reads.


  • The Associated Press reports that $600 million border security bill, which had been temporarily put on hold due to a procedural glitch, is now is on its way to President Obama's desk after the Senate convened a special session.



  • In addition to spending on border security, the Obama administration also continues to deport record numbers of people, the Christian Science Monitor reports.



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In the news this morning

Good morning. I have bilingual code-switching on the brain after posting on the phenomenon yesterday. So here are las últimas noticias:


  • Several media outlets have followed yesterday's Association Press story on the federal Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program, which has led to tens of thousands of deportations. The Los Angeles Times reports on Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano's announcement that immigration officials now have access to the fingerprints of every inmate booked into jails in all 25 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border.



  • A visit by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. to a country club in the San Diego area, where he was speaking, drew almost as many protesters as people attending the speech, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.



  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a dig yesterday at some GOP leaders' anti-illegal immigration politics while speaking to Latino supporters in Las Vegas: "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?" Politico has the story.

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C'mon, she's just a kid!

This morning I linked to a story about Dora the Explorer that appeared in this weekend's Los Angeles Times, tracing the Nickelodeon cartoon character's existence from initial conception (as a cartoon rabbit, of all things) to a lucrative mega-franchise a decade after the show's television debut. There were a couple of lines in the story that I wanted to come back to, just because this sort of thing interests me:

But it wouldn't be the only controversy the animated youngster would face; next, her life and immigration status would be scrutinized. Several doctored mug shots — one depicting a battered and bruised Dora accused of illegally crossing the border — began circulating the Web earlier this year after passage of Arizona's controversial immigration law.

I remember when this was a news story, but I hadn't actually seen the doctored mug shots in question or, for that matter, the Facebook page that shows her flying over the border fence. Curious, I checked out YouTube, where I also found several videos, some more weird and rude than others.

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In the news this morning

Good morning. Here are a few of the top immigration stories from the weekend and for today.


  • The New York Times reported on the resistance to various planned mosques around the country, including in Temecula. Great story.



  • The NYT also reports on how amid an increase in deportations, students who came to the United States illegally as children are being spared.



  • In a related story, the Arizona Daily Star reports on the case of Marlen Moreno Peralta, a young mother whose case had become a cause célèbre among DREAM Act supporters and who has been granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation.



  • USA Today visits Apache Junction, Ariz., a border town where the arguments over the newly implemented state anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, as viewed by residents, aren't so simple.



  • In this interesting item in The Huffington Post, a North Carolina sociologist debunks myths about birthright citizenship, and also discusses a fascinating Supreme Court decision from 1898 regarding the 14th Amendment as applied to a San Francisco-born son of Chinese immigrants.

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