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It's a Small World: The story of the 'Disney visa'

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Ever hear of a "Disney visa?" If you haven't, a fascinating article in the Florida Law Review explains that and more about what it terms "The Wonderful World of Disney Visas."

And what a world it is.

An excerpt from the abstract, posted this morning in the ImmigrationProf Blog, sets it up:

International workers play an important role in perpetuating the carefully crafted fantasy that to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is to be transported to far-off destinations around the globe.

This article examines how Disney has filled its need for these workers in two ways. For one, Disney has used a blend of chutzpah and ingenuity to forge new federal law establishing the Q visa. Additionally, Disney has dexterously used the existing J visa, along with an on-resort academic program, to bring international workers to Florida as students.


In the news this morning: Supreme Court upholds Arizona employer law, California Dream Act on table, Stockton mosque arson, more

Supreme Court upholds Ariz. law punishing employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants - The Washington Post The high court has upheld Arizona’s 2007 law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters.

MTA Crenshaw Line: Black leaders cry foul on absence of Leimert Park stop - 89.3 KPCC The Metropolitan Transit Authority votes today on the proposed Crenshaw light rail line. Plans call for a stop at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, but not at nearby Leimert Park Village, a historic center of African American life in L.A.

California DREAM Act, Part II, Awaits Passage - San Fernando Sun The second of two bills referred to as the California Dream Act is AB 131, which would allow more access to financial aid for undocumented college students. A committee vote is scheduled for Friday; a related bill was already approved.


From KPCC's Madeleine Brand Show: Will the U.S. see more Middle East refugees?

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A refugee camp on the Libya-Tunisia border, March 2011. Photo by Internews Network/Flickr (Creative Commons)

A post last week examined the potential for refugees coming to the United States from the Middle East and North Africa, where ongoing political upheaval has turned violent in some countries, especially in Libya.

Officials from both the U.S. State Department and the United Nations agency that handles refugees said they had not seen a notable increase in nationals of the countries affected by what has become known as the “Arab Spring” seeking to come to the U.S. However, they have been seeing demand among displaced people who had already taken refuge in a second country, particularly Libya, where conflict is displacing these refugees yet again.

A few hundred foreign nationals in Libya, among them Eritreans, Sudanese and some Iraqis who took shelter there during the U.S.-led war, have already been referred to the State Department for resettlement, with more referrals expected in the coming weeks and months.


How hunger affects Latinos in the U.S.

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Multi-American's sister blog DCentric at WAMU in Washington, D.C. has put together a list of five ways in which Latinos are affected by the food insecurity crisis affecting families throughout the United States.

The list was compiled in light of an anti-hunger conference recently held in the nation's capital titled No Mas Hambre, organized by Latino magazine. While hunger touches American families across racial and ethnic lines, Latino families are affected in particular ways. One of the more troubling highlights from the post:

Latino children are more likely to go hungry than their peers. While one in four American children is hungry, according to Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America, “child hunger is even more prevalent among Latino households — one in three Latino children is food insecure. ”


In the news this morning: Misconduct admitted in WWII Japanese internment, GPS devices at border, immigrant entrepreneurs leaving, more

World War II internment: U.S. top lawyer admits misconduct in Japanese American internment cases - Los Angeles Times Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal has made an admission that one of his predecessors, Charles Fahy, deliberately hid from the Supreme Court a military report that Japanese Americans were not a threat during World War II.

Wash. woman finds anti-Muslim note on car - Seattle Times A woman found a note reading "We don't Muslims in America" placed on her car while she and her daughter were in a coffee shop.

Fingerprint database could get $10 million upgrade - The Washington Post The IDENT national electronic database of fingerprints, which includes immigrant fingerprint data and is missing prints taken before 2005, could receive a $10 million infusion of funds to digitize the old prints now sitting in card files across the country.