How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Secure Communities investigation, immigrant driver's license scheme, Mildred Baena's MySpace page, more

U.S. Inspector General to Investigate "Secure Communities" Program - Fox News Latino More on the Homeland Security decision to investigate the controversial fingerprint-sharing immigration enforcement program.

Schwarzenegger Maid Mildred Baena's MySpace Page Becomes a Flashpoint for Latinos - Fox News Latino From the story: "Latinos making the page a gathering place where they can go to defend the erstwhile Schwarzenegger-Shriver staffer."

Korean Nationals Arrested In Elaborate Driver's License Scheme - Cerritos-Artesia Patch Authorities have identified the two men arrested in an elaborate scheme to provide driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants as Dae Wan Ahn, 49, of Diamond Bar, and Chong Hwan Kim, 47, of Norwalk.

Yoga in the many languages of Alhambra - Alhambra Source In the multilingual L.A. suburb of Alhambra, yoga classes are found in English, Spanish and Mandarin.


More ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Rabo encendido

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

We're on the second-to-last day of a week of posts celebrating unsung ethnic delicacies, this time those raw, cooked or canned meat dishes that don't look or sound great, but taste delicious.

Today's offering, rabo encendido, neither looks nor sounds good. Its name, which translates to "tail on fire," ranked third on a recent list of seven oddly named foods in Dominican cuisine.

But what sounds like a painful bovine affliction is in fact a tasty stew of beef oxtail in a mildly spicy tomato sauce. It's popular throughout the Caribbean, found in Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican cooking. As with other oxtail preparations around the globe, it's a dish born of necessity, the product of creative cooks who couldn't afford to waste a scrap of meat and made it taste good.

All that said, "tail on fire" is not the most appetizing thing to look at. The name is bad enough. There is the anatomical location of the tail to consider, not ideal. Then there are the knobby, irregularly shaped bones, which you must dig into to find the meat in the nooks and crannies.


Yemen in Bakersfield: Hoping for a revolution 8,000 miles away (Video)

The Los Angeles region has large enclaves of immigrants from throughout the Middle East, but it's in Bakersfield that immigrants from the Persian Gulf nation of Yemen have established a tight-knit community. KPCC videographer Grant Slater traveled there recently to profile Yemenis hoping for democratic reforms in their native country, among them a check-cashing store owner who hopes to return to live in Yemen someday.

The video is part of a five-day series on the Multi-American and KPCC websites featuring the stories of immigrants watching the unfolding of what has become known as the Arab Spring, coping with the political upheaval back home from a distance.

Yesterday we met two Southern California doctors, both of them immigrants from Libya, who became friends after both traveled there recently to treat victims of the conflict. Tuesday, we met Egyptian immigrants who shared their thoughts on the revolution there and its aftermath. On Monday, we met a Tunisian-born business and pro-democracy activist.


Will the U.S. see more refugees from unrest in the Middle East?

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Protesters in Damascus, Syria, April 2011

A video series on Multi-American this week is featuring the stories of Southern California immigrants from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria, all of them coping in their own way with the political upheaval taking place in their native countries.

But what about their loved ones and others back home, those directly affected by violence and instability, especially in conflict zones like Libya? Will more of them be coming to the United States as refugees?

Officials from both the U.S. State Department and the United Nations agency that handles refugees have said that they have not seen a notable increase in nationals of those countries affected by what has become known as the "Arab Spring" seeking to come to the U.S. as refugees. However, the agencies are seeing resettlement demand among people who were already refugees, particularly in Libya, who are being displaced once more by the conflict there.


In the news this morning: Secure Communities investigation, report on domestic terrorism cases, state immigration bills and more

Homeland Security to investigate Secure Communities program - Los Angeles Times The Homeland Security department plans to investigate the controversial immigration enforcement program, which purports to target "serious convicted felons" for deportation but has ensnared many who have not been convicted, or been convicted of minor offenses.

U.S. targets Muslims in pursuing domestic terrorism cases, report says - Los Angeles Times A new NYU report alleges that the government's use of surveillance, informants and other tactics has failed to enhance public safety and instead prompts human rights concerns.

Immigration Bill Advances in South Carolina, But Bills Get Tabled in Oklahoma and Tennessee - Fox News Latino An anti-illegal immigration bill similar to Arizona's SB 1070, which would allow police to check for immigration status, is moving forward in South Carolina, while similar measures have been put off for a year in Oklahoma and Tennessee.