How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: A year of SB 1070, Secure Communities controversy continues, O.C. solidarity protest for Syria, more

SB1070 one year later: Debate rages on - KTAR.com Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law was signed into law April 23 of last year. The state remains bitterly divided over the measure, which is tied up in the courts with its major provisions not yet in effect.

Legislator: Feds lied on immigration - UPI Rep. Zoe Lofgren is calling for an investigation after the release of e-mails indicating that federal immigration officials knew that the Secure Communities enforcement program was mandatory, as some jurisdictions which believed it to be optional were trying to opt out of it.

Secure Communities, illegal immigration, deportation: Federal deportation program sweeps up noncriminals and low-level offenders - Los Angeles Times The enforcement program, which involves cooperation from local authorities, was to net deportable immigrants with criminal records. But in practice it casts a much wider net.

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'Dreamers' and social media: It's not your parents’ immigrant support network

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A student's bold statement, December 8, 2010

On Wednesday, a young woman who is a law student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. tweeted this message:

My name is Prerna Preshika Lal. I'm alien number 203-128-987. I've never committed a crime. But I'm being deported away from my family.

It was a wrenchingly personal tweet from the Fijian-born 26-year-old, who for the past few years has been an outspoken advocate for legalizing undocumented youths brought here as minors, as she was at age 13. The message is also an example of one facet of a growing movement as more young people go public with their immigration status, relying on social media to build a network of support - and, in some cases, to help them stay in the country.

The day before Lal sent out her tweet, the social media website Mashable posted a piece on how student immigrant advocates have fought deportations with the help of social media, and won. The piece told the stories of a few young people who, through a network of advocacy groups and websites that grew around the Dream Act (including one spearheaded by Lal) have managed to stave off deportation, at least temporarily.

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'Why don't you date people of your color?' A male perspective

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In a popular post last week, guest blogger and KPCC's OnCentral blog editor Kim Bui took on a particularly thorny question among the many that surround interracial dating: "Why do you only date white men?"

In the post, she wrote:

I don’t exclusively dated white men. I’ve dated several Asian men.

I grew up in the Midwest, which probably adds to my preference.

My response to the question “why do you only date white men” is usually that I’m second-generation, and I have a hard time identifying with Asian men who grew up outside of the United States. Although I love my culture and speak Vietnamese, I am mostly American in my values. And values are where it counts in relationships.

I am hard-headed, ambitious and probably a little too honest to fit the mold of a traditional Vietnamese wife. I find that Caucasian men tend to understand this a little bit better.

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In the news this morning: SB 1070 a year later, immigrant groups protest in Culver City, detention center riot in Australia, more

A Year Later, Arizona Still Split Over Immigration - NPR A year after Arizona's stringent SB 1070 was signed into law, its most controversial components remain hung up in court. Still, supporters call it a success, while opponents say it's been a disaster. It's changed Arizona and affected immigration politics around the country.

Police in limbo after money, time spent on SB 1070 enforcement training - East Valley Tribune Thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent on training materials for officers, and hundreds of hours went toward enforcement training. Law enforcement agencies in Arizona are now are waiting for the courts to decide whether the anti-illegal immigration law is constitutional.

One Undocumented Teen's Tale - Mother Jones The story of an undocumented star wrestler raised in Panama who has been accepted to UC Berkeley, but doesn't know what his future will be.

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Armenian American grocery shoppers, representing

Photo by Lory Tatoulian

Shopping for cucumbers at Super King, April 2011

Photo by Lory Tatoulian

Shopping for cucumbers at Super King, April 2011


In the past few days, L.A.'s vast but often underrepresented Armenian American community has been representing in force in Multi-American's comments section.

Why? Because the talented comedian and writer Lory Tatoulian was kind enough to take readers on a tour of the Super King supermarket in Glassell Park, one of a local chain of grocery warehouse stores catering to the Armenian palate.

As part of an occasional series of informal guides to ethnic supermarkets that we're compiling, Lory showed us where to find the basterma and the soujoukh, and warned us of the fiercely competitive shopping habits of those black-clad grandmothers. In a sequel post, she described the symbolic peace among Middle Eastern olive oils on the shelf and provided what seems like sound advice: Stay far away from the green tarragon soda.

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