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Five states with the biggest Latino population growth so far as 2010 census numbers roll out

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Screen shot of U.S. Census Bureau map showing state-by-state 2010 data, including ethnic populations

The biggest news yet from the 2010 Census as state-by-state ethnic and racial data comes out is yesterday's numbers from Texas, which show that the state's Latino population has soared, accounting for 65 percent of its population growth between 2000 and 2010. The overall population growth will give Texas four additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, making for much speculation about how much of a political impact Latinos in the nation's second-most populous state will have.

Of the states whose data is out so far, Texas has by far the biggest share of Latino residents. But some of the biggest percentage growth seen yet is in states that are non-traditional destinations for Latinos, immigrants and their descendants. Though their overall Latino populations remain small, states like Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, and South Dakota are seeing triple-digit growth, and Virginia, home to a recent rash of of anti-illegal immigration activism, is close behind.

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Latino Numbers Soar in Texas - Wall Street Journal 2010 census data is rolling out state by state, and yesterday's figures released for Texas revealed that Latinos accounted for 65% of the state's population growth over the past decade, and for 95% of the jump in a rapidly growing under-18 population.

Kern County loses immigration detention contract - San Jose Mercury News U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will terminate its contract to house its detainees at Lerdo Jail, which had provided the Kern County Sheriff's Department with about $2.5 million a year.

In Phoenix, Foreign-Born Workers Find Jobs Faster - NPR Last year in the U.S., native-born workers lost 1.2 million jobs while foreign-born workers gained more than a half-million jobs.

Local taxpayers are paying for U.S. immigration enforcement, ACLU reports - Los Angeles Times An ACLU report highlights the math on what counties and cities spend to arrest, detain and prosecute undocumented immigrants.

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Can Laker morado be as big as 'Doyer' azul?

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A Lakers fan and his flags, June 2010

Los Angeles is a town full of Latino Dodger fans, but a Los Angeles Times story from earlier this week got at yet another one of Latino L.A.'s sports obsessions, the Lakers, whose purple and gold flags fly from car antennas in noticeable abundance on the Eastside this time of year.

The story detailed a big score by the Lakers organization in the National Basketball Association's push to cash in on the "fast-growing Latino market." In short, the Lakers recently announced a 20-year agreement with Time Warner Cable to create a Spanish-language regional sports network with the Lakers as its centerpiece, beginning next season. It will be the first of its kind in the country.

A couple of Lakers fanaticos were featured in the piece, including this one:

Consider longtime hoops fan Billy Sanchez, a third-generation Mexican-American. When he got his first driver's license, he knew exactly where to celebrate: at a Lakers game.

"All I wanted to do was just go down to the Forum, find a scalper and buy tickets," he recalls. "And I did that quite often."

Two decades and five NBA titles later, the team has left the Forum for Staples Center and Sanchez, 35, has no need for scalpers because he works in sales for his father's beer distributorship in the City of Industry and they have a luxury suite.

But his passion for the Lakers hasn't faded. "I've been a fan ever since I can remember," he says. "I watch every single game."

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¡Acere! LeBron James 'assimilates' in Miami

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqQtoQMlXM4&feature=player_embedded

This comes via Being Latino: Has LeBron James gone Cuban after joining the Miami Heat?

Not really, though it's hilariously convincing. The video has the stamp of Los Pichy Boys, a pair of Miami video pranksters who are masters of the comic Spanish dub. They've even given Hitler a Cuban accent.

Even so, I'm sure that the pride of Akron, Ohio is enjoying those cortaditos.

P.S. Nice Facebook debate here on whether "acere/asere" (Cuban slang for homey/bro/cuate) is spelled with a "c" or an "s." Either goes.

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Crackdown in Virginia Strips Legal Immigrant of His Livelihood - New York Times A Tunisian immigrant's limo business is on the rocks after an immigration crackdown costs him his driver's license, though he's in the country legally.

Census numbers to show huge Hispanic growth - Houston Chronicle The detailed demographic data will be used for political redistricting. Texas is to get four new Congressional seats, more than any other state. The data is being released state by state on a rolling basis.

U.S. Businesses Everywhere: Are Your Immigration Papers In Order? - Law Blog - Wall Street Journal The Obama administration is requiring as many as 1,000 companies to turn over employment records for audit.

Poll: Most support House look at radical Islam in USA - USA Today A survey released on the eve of GOP-led Congressional hearings on the threat of Islamic extremism in the U.S. found that overall, "men, viewers who trust Fox news, white evangelicals and Republicans are more likely to think the hearings are a good idea and to believe Muslims want to establish Shariah law in the United States."

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