How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Immigrant advocates goes local, ICE fingerprint program, race in the 47th District, more

Immigration advocacy goes local - USATODAY.com With the prospect of comprehensive immigration reform waning, advocacy groups are focusing their efforts on local communities.

At Tea Party Convention, Lou Dobbs Avoids Immigration Issues | The Nation The former CNN anchor was a keynote speaker of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot’s Convention in Richmond, Va. on Saturday.

The Associated Press: ICE: No opt-out for program checking legal status Local governments cannot opt out of a federal program that checks fingerprints of people who are arrested against a database to determine immigration status, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday.

Race factor in contest between Hispanic, Vietnamese candidates for Congress - Los Angeles Times This became especially true after Democratic incumbent Loretta Sanchez's recent televised comment about "the Vietnamese" trying to take her 47th District seat, referring to the campaign of Republican candidate Van Tran.

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Q&A: A former labor watchdog on contractors, clients, and illegal hiring

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The tools of a trade in which subcontracted labor is common, November 2009

The illegal hiring scandals that have landed both Meg Whitman and Lou Dobbs in hot water in the course of just over a week have placed a spotlight on the role of employers in illegal immigration, bringing up questions about how involved employers need to be in verifying workers' legal status, and whether it's even possible to avoid unauthorized workers in an economy that depends on low-wage help.

Both cases also raise questions about the role of the middleman - the employment agency or contractor who provides the workers. In GOP gubernatorial candidate Whitman's case, her ex-housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, was hired through an agency. In the case of Dobbs, the ex-CNN anchor known for his stringent views on illegal immigration - and employers who contribute to it - the workers interviewed by The Nation, which broke the story yesterday, worked for contractors who provided services to Dobbs, on his properties and for his daughter's horses.

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American snapshot: Alhambra

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Outside a mini-mall at Valley Boulevard and Fremont Street, October 8, 2010

In keeping with yesterday's post, a commercial sign that hints at the ethnic mix in Alhambra, home now to a community news website published in English, Spanish and Mandarin. I've been encountering this sign during my commute north since starting here during the summer.

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In the news this morning: A deportation mess, Dobbs vs. The Nation, Angle on Muslims, the Pennsylvania hate beating

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet - COLORLINES How a young Texan born in Bangladesh wound up deported after a quick trip to Mexico.

Lou Dobbs Denies Knowingly Hiring Contractor Who Used Illegal Workers, Decries Double Standard - ABC News The former CNN anchor who reportedly relied on illegal immigrants to care for his horses and properties said a "smear piece" held him to a double standard.

The Plum Line - AUDIO of Sharron Angle suggesting Sharia Law a threat in America - The Washington Post Angle recorded at a town hall meeting: "They are building mosques all over the place."

Lawrence O'Donnell Lou Dobbs | The Nation | Immigration | Mediaite On the televised debate between Dobbs and The Nation's Isabel McDonald, who reported in the magazine that undocumented immigrants had worked for Dobbs.

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Ouch: "Perhaps Lou & Mage (sic) Whitman use the same staffing firm?"

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A story that appeared today in The Nation, since reported elsewhere, alleges that undocumented immigrants worked for former CNN host Lou Dobbs, tending to his properties and to his daughter's prize horses. The story has since been picked up by several other news outlets. Dobbs is best known, of course, for his extremely strict position on illegal immigration, which has included advocating criminal penalties for those who hire unauthorized workers.

The former host of Lou Dobbs Tonight has since criticized the liberal magazine's investigation as a "hit piece" and denies having hired illegally, making the point that it is not his responsibility to check papers. According to The Nation, which interviewed five people who allegedly worked for Dobbs while undocumented, the workers were hired by contractors.

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