Multi-American | How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Student deportations under review, SB 1070 anniversary, Obama's long-form birth certificate released, more

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Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review - New York Times Pressure has been on the Obama administration to offer protection from deportation to undocumented college students who might have been eligible for legal status under the Dream Act.

The Unhappy Anniversary Of Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law - Forbes Commentary on SB 1070 and its aftermath from a business perspective.

Hundreds begin protests against Florida immigration bills - CNN On Monday, hundreds of protesters boarded buses from Clearwater to the capitol building in Tallahassee, where they began a week of scheduled demonstrations against two strict proposed anti-illegal immigration bills.

Colorado House Committee Rejects College In-State Tuition Bill for Undocumented Immigrants - Fox News Latino A Colorado House committee has rejected a bill that would have let undocumented immigrants attend college at in-state tuition rates, instead of much higher out-of-state rates.


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For children of immigrants, can family trump opportunity?

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An intriguing post on the Being Latino website today points out, if unscientifically, the tug-of-war between family and career that pulls at some young Latinos - and which I suspect pulls at other children of immigrants, too.

In the post, contributor Orlando Rodriguez connects the dots between a Pew Research Center report from a couple of years ago titled "Who Moves? Who Stays Put? Where's Home?" and Latino mobility, examining whether family ties hinder the sort of mobility that could lead to greater professional achievement.

According to the Pew report, U.S-born Latinos are "markedly more likely" than other Americans to have lived in only one state, with 72 percent doing so. When they do move, family reasons are an issue as well: Nearly half (48 percent) of the Latinos surveyed who moved said it was because their community was a good place to raise their children, compared to only a third or so of black and white Americans.


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What is the TRUST Act? The bill that would make Secure Communities optional in California

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A California state bill heard in Sacramento today that challenges the embattled federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities has cleared a public safety committee vote. If it eventually becomes law, the bill would make the participation of local law enforcement in the fingerprint-sharing program optional, removing California counties from the mandatory program temporarily, then allowing them to rejoin voluntarily. The bill has been dubbed the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act, or "TRUST Act."

From the text of AB 1081, introduced earlier this year by Assembly member Tom Ammiano, a Bay Area Democrat, and amended two weeks ago:

Existing law, setting forth the findings and declarations of the

Legislature, provides that all protections, rights, and remedies

available under state law, except any reinstatement remedy prohibited

by federal law, are available to all individuals regardless of

immigration status who have applied for employment, or who are or who

have been employed, within the state, and further provides that, for

purposes of enforcing specified state laws, a person's immigration

status is irrelevant to the issue of liability, and prohibits, in

proceedings or discovery undertaken to enforce those state laws, an

inquiry into a person's immigration status except where the person

seeking to make the inquiry has shown by clear and convincing

evidence that the inquiry is necessary in order to comply with

federal immigration law.

This bill would state the findings and declarations of the

Legislature with respect to a memorandum of agreement with the United

States Department of Homeland Security, regarding the implementation

of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Secure Communities

program, that the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information

within the Department of Justice entered into on May 8

April 10 , 2009.

The bill would require the

bureau to modify that agreement, according to specified requirements,

or to exercise its authority under the agreement to terminate the



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In the news this morning: Secure Communities controversy, Florida immigrants rally, grim discoveries continue in Tamaulipas, more

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Janet Napolitano clarifies immigration program - San Francisco Chronicle Amid controversy over misleading e-mails and a California opt-out bill, the Homeland Security chief has reiterated that local governments cannot decide on their own to "exclude themselves" from the Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program.

Immigrants rally statewide - Miami Herald Immigrant activists and supporters are organizing protests this week across Florida to protest two immigration enforcement bills being debated in the Legislature, including an Arizona-style bill.

Lawmaker who slammed immigrant pot-smokers arrested on drug charge - USA Today A Rhode Island state legislator who once criticized the state government by invoking the image of pot-smoking immigrants denies a DUI charge he received after being arrested for alleged marijuana possession.


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'A crime to dream the American dream?' Reaction to 'Dreamers' and their support network

A poster at a pro-Dream Act student gathering place in Los Angeles, December 2010
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A post from last Friday detailing how undocumented youths have been using social media to build a support network - and in some cases, to fight deportation - was  widely circulated over the weekend. It also drew a very long string of comments, a mix of cheers and outrage.

Here are just a few, unedited. John Collins wrote:

Isn't that sweet. Those young activists are giving away something which doesn't belong to them to illegals. That something is OUR country, which rightfully ought to preserved for OUR children. How generous.

Overpopulation is not just an issue for developing countries. Own own resources are running out rapidly, ad we will have a sharp drop in our standard of living and quality of life as a result.

Eduardo (who posted several comments) responded with this excerpt:
The money they earn, for the most part, is invested here in houses, consumption, education, taxes ($14 billion annually only from undocumented immigrants), and by keeping up a deteriorated economy with cheap labor that translate into less expensive products for you and all the John Collins to enjoy.

And even the money that they send back home is a blessing for the US. That money is promoting development that has been proven to stop immigration to the US.

Every time you go to a restaurant, every time you enjoy a nice garden, a beautiful landscape, a clean bathroom. Every time you can go out for dinner with Ms. Collins while safely leaving your kids with undocumented Maria, every time you hear Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, all this times, John, your life gets better and better.

Is it a crime to dream the American dream? People don´t break real laws by migrating to where there is work and a chance to find prosperity. John, you are living among entrepreneurial, non conformist people...the best of the best of the countries that could not keep them.


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