How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: The birthright citizenship battle, undocumented immigrants and taxes, border arrests continue to drop, more

Illegal Immigration Opponents Want States to Change to Birthright Citizenship - ABC News A coalition of state lawmakers is announcing plans today for a state-by-state approach to blocking the issuance of state birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants.

Pearce won't attend unveiling of citizenship bill - Arizona Daily Star One of the biggest champions of ending birthright citizenship, Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, who also sponsored SB 1070, has canceled plans to attend today's scheduled D.C. press conference announcing states' plans to take on the 14th Amendment. Other Arizona legislators are expected to attend.

Birthright Citizenship Looms as Next Immigration Battle - New York Times More on the proposal by several GOP legislators to end the automatic right to U.S. citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants, reported from Arizona.


Muslims in America last year: 'Like looking in the mirror and seeing a monster in place of yourself'

One of the biggest immigration-related stories of the year, one that I regret not having squeezed into my top-five list, also involved culture, religion, and a substantial dose of fear.

Nearly ten years after the World Trade Center attacks, a nationwide rise in anti-Muslim sentiment manifested itself everywhere from Ground Zero in New York City to Temecula, and many points in between. Citizens mounted protests against planned mosques from coast to coast, arsonists set fire to a mosque construction site in Tennessee, a Florida preacher threatened to burn copies of the Quran, and the overwhelming majority of Oklahoma's electorate voted to ban Sharia law from the courts, even if Islamic law had never been cited in one of the state's courtrooms.

The experience has left many Muslim Americans reeling. In the recent Bloggingheads exchange above, Egyptian-born columnist Mona Eltahawy describes the feeling she got seeing some of the news reports: "It was like looking in the mirror and seeing a monster in place of yourself."


Census Bureau history lesson: The immigrant population over time

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For those who love statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau has compiled a nifty list of historical census facts regarding the nation's foreign-born population, as hot of a newsworthy topic today as it was in the nineteenth century.

Here's nifty historical fact number one:

The foreign-born population accounted for 10 percent of the total U.S. population in 1850, and 15 percent in1890. Today, the foreign-born comprise 12 percent of the population.

In other words, immigrants are no bigger part of the population than they were 111 years ago, and comprise only a slightly larger piece of the pie today than they did before the Civil War.

Also in the numbers, though, is one telling difference that may well influence perceptions: The ethnic and racial makeup of the foreign born.

From another item on the list:


In the news this morning: More on states' immigration plans, CO governor seeks conditions from ICE, the census and Latino politics, more

States seek to tackle birthright citizenship, illegal immigration - Atlanta Journal-Counstitution More on state lawmakers' plans to gather in Washington this week to announce their anti-illegal immigration strategies, including a plan by GOP legislators to challenge the 14th Amendment.

Ritter expected to make announcement on use of Secure Communities data - The Denver Post Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter has sought four conditions to the agreement with immigration authorities on the fingerprint-sharing program that aims to find and deport people with criminal records, including that it be used only for serious crimes.

Immigrants Call For National Bud Lite Boycott Against Hensley - Technorati Immigrant rights activists in Arizona want to boycott Bud Light over contributions made to anti-illegal immigration candidates by its chief distributor in the state, Hensley and Co.