How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

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.


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.


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.


In the news this morning: Bay Area shooting sentence follow-up, Oklahoma anti-Sharia bill on hold, Texas immigration bills, more

Mehserle protesters await prosecutors' decision - San Francisco Chronicle The 152 protesters were arrested Friday night protest in Oakland while protesting the two-year sentence for a former BART police officer in the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed man.

Bills Would Crack Down on Illegal Immigration — The Texas Tribune GOP lawmakers in Texas have already filed a series of immigration-related enforcement bills for the lame duck session.

Ray Suarez: Post Election Day - The Impact of the Latino Vote - Huffington Post What Latino voters did on election day is probably one of the more enduring stories of the 2010 race. One lesson: Latino voters appear to be issue-driven, not simply ethnically driven. A Latino candidate will not guarantee Latino votes.

Oklahoma's Anti-Shariah Law Put On Hold -- For Now - NPR A federal judge on Monday temporarily stopped Oklahoma's new anti-Shariah law from taking effect. The law would change the state constitution to prohibit courts from considering international or Muslim law.