How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, GOP in CA split on proposed immigration law, behind the record deportations, more

Immigration vote set for this week - Scott Wong - Politico Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to file a cloture motion on the DREAM ACT Monday night, setting up a Wednesday vote.

Short goodnight expected for the DREAM Act during lame duck- The Hill But the legislation, which would provide a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or join the military, faces a great deal of opposition in the lame-duck session.

California Republicans are split on possible anti-illegal immigration measure - Los Angeles Times A proposed ballot initiative that would give California a law similar to Arizona's SB 1070 is dividing Republicans who fear further alienating Latino voters.

Unusual methods helped ICE break deportation record, e-mails and interviews show - The Washington Post Some background on the methods used by Obama administration immigration officials to deport more people than ever before.

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Tamales, champurrado, a cold December night

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Cold revelers, hot tamales. December 3, 2010

Tonight I braved the southbound I-5 to make it to a favorite annual holiday event in San Diego, December Nights, which draws what seems like half the city to Balboa Park for two nights to eat, take in the lights, duck into the museums and listen to carolers. Mostly, though, to eat.

My favorite tamales cart was parked near the same spot where it was last year. There's nothing like an outdoor meal of steaming tamales and hot champurrado on a cold, damp night.

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Report finds educational disparities between Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander subgroups

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A new report reveals wide gaps in the educational achievements of different Asian ethnic groups in California, with big disparities between Asian-American, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students.

From a story today by KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez:

For one Asian-American subgroup, the Hmong of Southeast Asia, the idea that all Asians are academic high achievers is a dangerous myth. Nearly half of Hmong adults don’t have a high school diploma.

It’s dangerous, says University of California researcher Lois Takahashi, because the myth keeps the struggles of Hmong families out of the policymaking spotlight. She says statistics about the much larger Samoan, Guamanian and Tongan populations in California are just as troubling.

"One fifth of Pacific Islanders in our grades 9-12 are expected to drop out by grade 12," Takahashi said. "That’s very similar and almost equivalent to the dropout rate for Latinos in the state."

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NewsHour Connect: Democrats tighten DREAM Act, hoping to appeal to GOP

Yesterday's PBS NewsHour Connect featured a segment on the retooled version of the DREAM Act, which federal lawmakers are expected to vote on next week, the student activism surrounding the bill and its chances in Congress. I provided some analysis as a guest.

The segment is posted on The Rundown, the PBS NewsHour blog. NewsHour Connect recently interviewed two of my fellow NPR Argo Network correspondents, Heather Goldstone of the Climatide blog covering Cape Cod, and Cassandra Profita of the Ecotrope blog in Oregon, for a segment on ocean acidification.

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In the news this morning: DREAM Act analysis, OC civil rights history, Ron Santo, more

NewsHour Connect: Democrats Tighten DREAM Act in Hopes of Appealing to Republicans - PBS NewsHour A rundown on the streamlined version of the bill introduced this week, student activism and its chances of success in Congress, with analysis from me.

Napolitano says DREAM Act would aid 'criminals-first' deportation program - Miami Herald The Homeland Security chief is urging Congress to pass the bill that would grant  conditional legal status to certain young people, saying it would help her department focus instead on deporting immigrants with criminal records.

Hector Tobar: Civil Rights History -- in Orange County - Los Angeles Times A walking tour commemorating the county's place in history as the home of a landmark school desegregation case is in the works.

Ron Santo: Former Chicago Cubs player Ron Santo dead at 70 - Los Angeles Times The legendary ballplayer and announcer has died in Arizona. He was a native of Seattle.

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