How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Egypt update, Latinos and redistricting, worksite immigration enforcement, 'Smuggle Truck' and more

Egyptian official: Mubarak will yield power to military - CNN Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is expected to make an announcement Thursday night, according to a senior government official.

The Battle Over Redistricting—Will Latinos Be Represented? - New America Media Will Latino population growth documented by the 2010 census be accurately reflected as electoral districts are restructured?

Arizona Rancher Will Fight Court Order To Pay Damages to Undocumented Immigrants - Fox News Latino Roger Barnett, who was ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in punitive damages to undocumented immigrants he confronted with a gun, plans to pursue a rehearing.

As lawmakers look at E-Verify, businesses fear expansion of immigration program - The Washington Post Some business owners fear that GOP leaders could make a now-voluntary program for checking the veracity of employees' work documents mandatory.


1970 documentary captured Chicano Moratorium protest

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported that the L.A. County Sheriff's Department could soon release records pertaining to the death of former Times columnist and KMEX-TV news director Ruben Salazar, killed by a deputy forty years ago last August during a protest in East Los Angeles. Salazar, who was covering the protest, died after being struck on the head by a tear gas projectile fired into a building.

The violent protest during which he was killed, often referred to as the Chicano Moratorium protest to end the Vietnam War, was one of a series of demonstrations organized by the National Chicano Moratorium Committee, activists that between 1969 and 1971 pursued a combined goal of stopping the war and rallying for social justice at home.


Young Egyptian Americans identify with crisis from afar

LA's Egyptians mobilized with protesters at home from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.

KPCC interns Cecilia Gregoriades and Faun Kime went out last weekend and spoke with a couple of younger Egyptian Americans, including a young woman from a half-Egyptian family who still identified closely with anti-government protesters in Egypt. Like their parents, these young people are closely monitoring the crisis from here.

The unrest in Cairo and elsewhere is well into its third week, with tension escalating between the protesters calling for democratic reforms and the Egyptian military. There have also been clashes between anti-government protesters and those who support president Hosni Mubarak, a close ally of the United States who has ruled for 30 years and is considered a dictator by many. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 297 people are known to have died in the violence.


In the news this morning: Arizona birthright bill to return, Salazar files set to be released, Dream Act students worry after going public,

Egypt: Protesters swell, drawn by Google's Wael Ghonim - Los Angeles Times After being detained for 12 days, the freed Google executive has turned into "an icon of Egyptian resistance."

Bill Denying Birthright Citizenship in Arizona Will Come to a Vote Next Week - Fox News Latino The sponsor of the Arizona Senate legislation pulled it earlier this week in committee, fearing a losing vote, but says now that he plans to bring it back for a vote on Monday.

Chipotle Workers Fired over Immigration Status Sue for Backpay - Fox News Latino Two former employees, among the hundreds fired after a recent immigration audit, have filed a lawsuit claiming that they were not paid on time.

At the Courthouse: Forde declining to testify - Arizona Daily Star A former militant member of an anti-illegal immigration group, Shawna Forde faces the death penalty for her involvement in the home invasion killing of a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter in a small Arizona border town.


Readers' thoughts on the birthright citizenship debate

Photo by johnwilliamsphd/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Over the weekend, NPR featured a post that summarized a series on the birthright citizenship battle that appeared recently on Multi-American. The response from readers since has been phenomenal, with a long string of informed, if impassioned, comments.

The issue of birthright citizenship - and the goal of some legislators to deny it to children of undocumented immigrants - is at the center of the immigration debate at the moment. Last night, two anti-birthright citizenship bills introduced in the Arizona Senate last month were pulled by their sponsor after they failed to win enough support in a committee hearing. But the debate over who should be a U.S. citizen continues to thrive, with a spate of bills pending in Congress and in the states, including an Arizona House bill that has yet to be heard and most recently a state measure proposed in Montana.