How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

At a SOTU viewing party in L.A., little hope for immigration reform

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Even before tonight's State of the Union address, expectations that President Obama would address immigration issues weren't high. Still, a small crowd of mostly Latino activists, students, blue-collar workers and others gathered to watch it at the downtown office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which held a "viewing party" showing the address on a large screen with a simultaneous Spanish translation.

Some were simply curious to hear what Obama might say about immigration; others, including some who were in the same room at the immigrant advocacy office last month watching the Senate vote on the Dream Act, wondered if he might offer them a specific nugget of hope.

Here's the portion of the address that dealt with immigration, from a draft copy of the speech obtained and published by the National Journal (and subsequently by the Huffington Post):

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Art of the Tiger Mother: Five spoofs, rap song included

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It's been more than two weeks now since author Amy Chua's essay titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, prompting an uncountable number of news stories, columns, blog posts, essays and assorted reflections on the take that Chua, author of the memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," presented on raising her two daughters.

Her description of extreme-tough-love child rearing, which she associated with her Chinese American background, was meant to be self-mocking, Chua has said in interviews, but no matter. In the past couple of weeks, parenting experts have excoriated Chua while others have defended her, while others still have cannily pointed to what lurks behind the racial stereotyping of Asian parents and successful Asian American students.

In the end, part of the Tiger Mother controversy's legacy will be the voluminous amount of work it has spawned: some of it forgettable, some of it quite good, and as with similar media phenoms, a torrent of comic art to help take the edge off.

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Mr. Hernandez goes to Washington

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Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez, the young college intern who came to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' rescue after she was shot earlier this month in Tucson, will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address as a guest of Michelle Obama, along with the family of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who died in the Jan. 8 attack at a Tucson grocery store that killed six and injured several others.

Here's what Hernandez, who turns 21 today, told USA Today:

"It's definitely a very exciting way to be spending my 21st birthday," Hernandez said in an interview. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I only wish it had happened under different circumstances."

In the weeks since the shooting, Hernandez has drawn a legion of fans, in part because of his heroism, in part because he also happens to be Latino and openly gay

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In the news this morning: New tack on employers and immigration, trucker in 2003 smuggling deaths re-sentenced, Homeboy Industries gets roll

GOP to target employers who hire illegal workers - 89.3 KPCC After long pushing border enforcement, GOP leaders in the House are taking a different tack, promising to go after employers who provide an employment magnet by hiring unauthorized workers.

Opening statements set to begin today in Shawna Forde murder trial - KVOA Tucson Forde, who was part of a Minuteman group, is accused of being the ringleader behind a May 2009 home invasion in Arizona in which a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter were murdered.

Rights group’s report on immigration focuses on Kobach - Kansas City Star The Southern Poverty Law Center's report is critical of the legal and other costs involved with the anti-illegal immigration measures - among them Arizona's SB 1070 - drafted with advice from attorney and activist Kris Kobach, who recently became Kansas Secretary of State.

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