From a powerful and angry post on VivirLatino that is making the re-tweet rounds, the opinion of blogger Maegan "la Mamita Mala" Ortiz on the 14th Amendment/birthright citizenship/"anchor babies" discussion:
"...our wombs are worded as weapons of mass destruction and our beautiful babies as objects stuck into the earth to keep us here...this comes down to where ethnicity and gender meet. That now Latina mujer = anchor baby factory."
Here is the entire post, published last week.
Buenos días. Here are some of the top immigration-related stories this morning, along with a couple of other good reads.
- The Associated Press reports that $600 million border security bill, which had been temporarily put on hold due to a procedural glitch, is now is on its way to President Obama's desk after the Senate convened a special session.
- In addition to spending on border security, the Obama administration also continues to deport record numbers of people, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
- The Washington Post has a piece on an undocumented Indian student being granted a rare eleventh-hour reprieve from deportation, allowing him to pursue his education.
- The Associated Press reports on the results of a poll showing that some English-speaking Latinos are turning to Spanish-language television and radio for "sports and entertainment, a cultural connection and a nagging feeling among some Latinos that English-language media portray them negatively."
Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC
It's known now as a part of Koreatown, but a four-block stretch of West 3rd Street will soon be known officially as Little Bangladesh.
On Wednesday Afternoon, the Los Angeles City Council's Education and Neighborhoods Committee approved naming a strip along 3rd between New Hampshire and Alexandria avenues for the Bangladeshi immigrants who began settling in Koreatown about two decades ago.
The committee also approved formal boundaries for Koreatown, which will now consist of a roughly one-square-mile area bordered by Third Street to the north, Olympic Boulevard to the south, and Vermont and Western avenues to the east and west. Koreatown, whose community representatives had sought formal recognition for a much larger area, will also retain a commercial strip of Western Avenue from 3rd Street to Rosewood Avenue.
From the report:
Unauthorized immigrants comprise slightly more than 4% of the adult population of the U.S., but because they are relatively young and have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8%) and the child population (7% of those younger than age 18) in this country.
The figures are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau's March 2009 Current Population Survey. The report comes at a time when much political attention is being focused on the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, with some Republican leaders stating that they would like to revise the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution so as to not grant these children automatic U.S. citizenship, a constitutional right for people born in this country.
The complete report can be viewed here.
The Los Angeles Times and 89.3 KPCC report that L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has decided to reconsider a decision to keep investigation records sealed in the death of former LAT columnist and KMEX-TV news director Ruben Salazar, killed by a deputy forty years ago this month.
Salazar died after being struck on the head by a tear gas projectile, fired by a deputy during a Vietnam War protest in East L.A. A probe found no criminal intent on the part of the deputy.