How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Report: If they could, some U.S. Latinos would rather live elsewhere

Source: Gallup

The results of a Gallup study released yesterday show that if some of the nation's Latinos could live elsewhere, they would. Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 Latino adults, the new study shows that more than one in seven, or an estimated 4 million, would leave the United States if they could.

According to Gallup, 52 percent said they would prefer to live in a Latin American country if it were possible, including nearly a third who indicated Mexico. Others would like to be in Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom and other nations outside of Latin America.

Those who would rather live elsewhere are more likely to be foreign-born and struggling with finances, language and culture, according to the study. The results reflect how while the United States may be a land of opportunity, life here is not without its struggles, especially for many newcomers. From the report:

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In the news this morning: Another Arizona-style law, a tragic adoption-deportation case, racial obstacles for the GOP, more

Texas Immigration Law Under Proposal Would Resemble Arizona's Hard-Line Approach - Huffington Post A proposed immigration law in Texas closely resembles Arizona's controversial statute.

Zoltan Hajnal: The GOP's Racial Challenge - Wall Street Journal On the party's continuing lack of appeal for minorities, which could present future problems.

Adopted boy at center of immigration dispute - St. Louis Post-Dispatch A Guatemalan woman who lost custody of her baby after she was detained during a poultry-plant raid in 2007 is trying to get her son, now four, back after a couple adopted him. She faces deportation.

San Francisco supervisors call for release of student facing deportation - San Jose Mercury News Chinese-American, Peruvian-raised college student Shing Ma "Steve" Li faces deportation to Peru, while his parents face deportation to China. The family's political asylum bid was rejected.

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Immigrants and the 'new maturity' of L.A.

A report released last week by Cal State Los Angeles' Pat Brown Institute contains an interesting section about immigration and the "new maturity" of Los Angeles, examining the interwoven relationship between immigrants who settle in Los Angeles, the children they raise here, and the city's changing face as native-born Angelenos become the majority and the city's post-World War II baby boom generation reaches retirement age.

The multi-part report is called Los Angeles 2010: State of the City, and also includes sections on issues such as water use, transportation and local politics. In a lecture today at the University of Southern California, report co-author Dowell Myers, a professor and urban growth specialist with USC's School of Policy, Planning, and Development, lectured on his research for the immigration portion.

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Longest waits for immigrant visas: November

Source: Visa Bulletin for November 2010, U.S. Department of State

Nations with current longest waits for family-sponsored based immigrant visas: The priority dates shown are when applicants now up for processing filed their petitions.

We're into the second week of November, which means it's high time that I post the longest current waits as listed in the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin.

The longest waits listed are those endured by family members abroad who are being sponsored for green cards by relatives in the United States. People in some countries, especially Mexico and the Philippines, have far longer waits than others.

Here’s why: Every nation is allotted the same percentage from a pool of family and employer-based visas available each year, regardless of the demand from any individual nation. For those waiting in countries represented by large immigrant populations here, making for a high demand for family reunification, the wait to enter the country legally can take many years, sometimes as much as two decades.

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