How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Dream Act coming up for a vote, AZ-style law proposed for CA, more

DREAM Act, Immigration Reform Bill to Get House, Senate Votes - ABC News Both the House and the Senate are expected to vote today on the measure, which would provide a conditional path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or enlist in the military.


Odds slim for passage of Dream Act in Senate - 89.3 KPCC The legislation faces an uphill climb, especially in the Senate, where it currently lacks the GOP support to win enough votes for passage.


Arizona-style immigration measure, gift limit among new legislative session's bills - Los Angeles Times A former Minuteman turned new state Assembly member has introduced a measure similar to Arizona's SB 1070.


Supreme Court to hear Arizona case about illegal workers - USA Today Today the high court will hear a federal challenge to an Arizona law that revokes the licenses of companies that hire undocumented workers.

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A candlelit rally in L.A. as Dream Act vote nears

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Participants in a vigil and rally for the Dream Act in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, December 7, 2010

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Participants in a vigil and rally for the Dream Act in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, December 7, 2010

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Participants in a vigil and rally for the Dream Act in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, December 7, 2010

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Participants in a vigil and rally for the Dream Act in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, December 7, 2010

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Participants in a vigil and rally for the Dream Act in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, December 7, 2010


With a vote on the Dream Act expected as early as tomorrow, enthusiasm mixed with jangled nerves tonight at a candlelight rally held by supporters in downtown Los Angeles.

Close to two hundred people showed up outside La Placita Church near Olvera Street, some wearing caps and gowns, many holding votives and picket signs. Clergy leaders that included Cardinal Roger Mahony, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, led participants in prayer.

"We are walking with you, and we will be with you until this is accomplished," Mahony told the crowd.

It may take a while. A vote on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant conditional legal status to undocumented youths who attend college or join the military, could take place in both the Senate and the House as early as tomorrow. However, chances appears slim for the proposed legislation. This is particularly true in the Senate, where it has failed to win the necessary Republican support to pass, even after a tightened version of the bill was introduced last week.

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DREAM Act dollars: A roundup of reports

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Different estimates have been floated around in recent weeks as to what the DREAM Act represents in dollars and cents: How much money it may cost, and how much money it may generate.

Late last week, the Congressional Budget Office scored the most recent version of the bill, which would allow qualifying undocumented youths who arrived here under age 16 to obtain conditional legal status - and eventually permanent legal status - if they attend college or enlist in the military.

The CBO report concluded that over the next 10 years, as the DREAM Act increases the number of authorized workers in the country, revenues would increase by $2.3 billion and the national deficit would decrease by $1.4 billion. However, as conditional legal status gives way to permanent legal status for beneficiaries, they would qualify like other legal residents and U.S. citizens for government programs, including federal health insurance exchanges, adding to the deficit in the long run.

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In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, LAPD and racial profiling, Supreme Court hears AZ employer law, NY deportee pardons, more

Reid files cloture as House, Senate poised to vote on DREAM Act - The Hill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture last night on the DREAM Act, setting up an upper-chamber vote for as early as Wednesday morning. House Democrats might vote on the measure earlier the same day.


GOP rises, DREAM Act falters - Scott Wong - Politico How Republican lawmakers facing far-right pressure have shied away from the legislation, diminishing its chances of passage.


First Read - In third conference call in a week, WH pushes DREAM Act - NBC News White House officials had their third conference call in less than a week to push for passage of the DREAM Act, arguing that it would aid the military. The bill would grant conditional legal status for undocumented youths who go to college or join the military.

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A sneak peek at one 'Corrido of L.A.' entry

Art by Gajin Fujita, courtesy of LACMA

In late September, I wrote about an unusual songwriting contest for the "The Corrido of L.A."

The contest, put together by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the University of Southern California, encouraged 7th through 12th-grade students from throughout the city to write and submit songs in the traditional Mexican narrative ballad style that best captured the essence of Los Angeles, in any language. Contest judges would include the band Ozomatli, which was to perform the top ten entries in a concert this month.

The deadline for submissions was in mid-November, and since then, KCET's website has provided a sneak peek at one of the songs submitted. The station's Departures hyper-local project recently posted audio and video from a group of students at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy who, calling themselves Los Geekz, have produced a haunting, stylized rap about urban life in "the sickest part of Cali," as they put it. The group calls the piece "Change is Coming," and while it sounds nothing like traditional corrido, no matter.

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