How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: A White House immigration strategy, Patch Latino in the works, the bin Laden effect on immigration, more

President Obama to ramp up immigration fight - Politico Obama's "sustained personal campaign" will rely in part on recruiting outsiders to pressure Congress to take up the controversial immigration reform issue.

AOL Huffington Post to launch Patch Latino for Southern California - The new Spanish-language Patch Latino, to launch this year, will feature content similar to that of the Patch network, well as topics of special interest to Latino readers.

American Muslim Students React to Osama bin Laden’s Death - ABC News From the piece: "...sentiments are split among Muslim-American students over the death of the infamous terrorist and the subsequent perception of Islam among non-Muslim Americans."

Bin Laden Was a Pretext for Anti-Immigrant Policies - Huffington Post University of San Francisco law professor Bill Ong Hing's take on post-9/11 immigration policies.


A view from Little Arabia (Video)

KPCC staff videographer Grant Slater caught up with blogger Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Happy Arab News Service yesterday in Anaheim's Little Arabia, where Al-Dabbagh was at a restaurant when he first heard news of Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan. Now, he said, "with the death of Osama bin Laden, the person who symbolized terror, we should move forward."


Creating race: How the 'Hispanic or Latino' category came to be

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An interesting article published by the Migration Policy Institute examines the racialization of those who make up the “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin" category on census forms.

Written by UC Irvine sociologist Rubén Rumbaut, a veteran chronicler of the immigrant experience, the piece delves into the history of racial and ethnic classifications, and on the impact that what began as an administrative move to classify people of Latin American ancestry has had on how they now define themselves in terms of race.

Rumbaut writes:

Are Hispanics a "race" or, more precisely, a racialized category? In fact, are they even a "they?" Is there a Latino or Hispanic ethnic group, cohesive and self-conscious, sharing a sense of peoplehood in the same way that there is an African American people in the United States? Or is it mainly administrative shorthand devised for statistical purposes; a one-size-fits-all label that subsumes diverse peoples and identities?


Who has had to wait the longest for a green card this month?

It’s the beginning of May, which means it's time for another look at the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin. Each month the bulletin lists which categories of hopeful immigrants are up to receive immigrant visas, as well as who has been waiting the longest.

Little has changed since last month. Those who have been in line the longest, sponsored to come to the United State legally by their relatives, are hopeful immigrants from the Philippines. And the wait remains staggering: The ones who have waited the longest filed their petitions back in 1988.

Here are the top four categories of immigrants who have endured the longest waits:

1) Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 23 years (petitions filed April 8, 1988).

2) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from the Philippines, a wait of more than 19 years (petitions filed February 15, 1992)

3) Unmarried adult (21 and over) sons and daughters of U.S. legal permanent residents from Mexico, a wait of close to 19 years (petitions filed August 1, 1992)

4) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens from Mexico, a wait of close to 19 years (petitions filed November 15, 1992)


In the news this morning: Hope for Muslims in U.S., immigration reform talks in D.C., 'birthers' undaunted, Latino integration, more

Osama bin Laden death: Experts hopeful that Bin Laden's death will help ease anti-Muslim sentiment in U.S. - Los Angeles Times Some say the tense relations and suspicions faced by Muslims in the U.S. since the attacks of 9/11 might come to an end. Others say such change will come slowly.

Obama to Meet with Hispanic Congressional Caucus to Discuss Immigration Reform - Fox News Latino Now that the president has taken care of other business, he is meeting once again with Latino lawmakers to discuss how to fix problems in the immigration system.

Southern California 'birthers' continue to press their case - Los Angeles Times "Birthers" who weren't swayed by last week's release of President Obama's long-form Hawaii birth certificate and want to insist he is not a citizen are going to court.

Navy SEAL, Son of Mexican Immigrants, Helped Kill Osama Bin Laden, Report Says - AOL Latino One of the U.S. soldiers involved in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden is reportedly the son of immigrants from Guanajuato.