Last Friday in a post about the new Robert Rodriguez action flick "Machete," which opened last Friday, I mentioned how a radio talk-show host had warned his fans on video about the movie prompting a race war. This possibility seemed highly unlikely, given that the film comes off more as cheeky mockery of the immigration debate than anything else. But, I wrote, if we awoke over the holiday weekend to looters and torch-wielding mobs, perhaps it would go down in history as the Machete Riots.
Now, a conservative immigration-restriction group in North Carolina is applying that exact term to the recent protests, at times violent, over last weekend's fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer in Los Angeles' Westlake district.
Thai farmworkers describe being lured into slavery in U.S. - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
37 immigrants rescued from drop house | Local News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California (Southern CA Press-Enterprise)
Hector Tobar: Immigrant slayings in Mexico: Where's the outrage? - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
Mexico Arrests Seven in Killings of 72 Migrants - WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal)
Birthright Rule's Repeal Would Boost Illegal Population - WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal)
Most Americans object to planned Islamic center near Ground Zero, poll finds (The Washington Post)
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Festive Doyer fans at a Dodgers vs. Giants game, April 2009
Now for a story that I absolutely freaking love: The trademarking of "Los Doyers" (as in the accented Spanish mispronunciation of "Dodgers") by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team trademarked "Los Doyers," by now a nickname so common that it's mispronounced on purpose, last month. The Dodgers organization has been selling team paraphernalia with the "Los Doyers" logo, including t-shirts and hats.
The blog vinscullyismyhomeboy.com found and posted the trademark information over the weekend, along with my favorite little snippet so far, a parsing-out of the mispronunciation subtleties between Mexicans and Cubans:
"Yesterday I asked my mom to say Dodgers. She said 'Doyers.' I asked my dad to say Dodgers. He said 'Dogers.' I guess Mexicans say 'Doyers' and Cubans say 'Dogers.' Maybe the Europeans pronounce it 'Dojers.' Shoud I trademark it?"
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It's well known that undocumented immigrants often present false or borrowed identification, including Social Security cards and numbers, in order to find work in the underground economy. But there is a side to this story that is seldom explored: How the Social Security taxes paid by these workers aren't reclaimed as benefits, at least not by those who make the payments. This unused money makes for a substantial amount that helps keep the trust fund afloat.
Perhaps this is why a great piece that appeared in the Washington Post over the weekend keeps making the Twitter re-tweet rounds. In the piece, syndicated columnist Edward Schumacher-Matos shares an interview he did with a top Social Security official as part of a book project, during which he learned that the estimated contributions to the Social Security trust fund from unauthorized workers' wages are much higher than previously thought. He writes:
Immigration Debate Steps Into the Kitchen - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)
What If Restaurants Stopped Hiring Illegal Immigrants? - NYTimes.com (dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com)
Activist raises profile of Bell's Lebanese community - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
This Eid, American Muslims pray for their safety - Arab News (arabnews.com)