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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.


Cholagate! Reaction, fallout over the identity of 'Ask A Chola'

The scandal that has erupted in recent days over the unmasking of video blogger/minor web celeb "Ask A Chola" as, well, not a chola has provoked impassioned reactions from detractors and supporters of the pseudo-chola performance artist. It has also spawned many a discussion about what constitutes art and at what point racial satire becomes offensive, and if there is any leeway at all when it's performed in "brownface."

In a nutshell: The vlogger known as Chola has starred for the past few years in sometimes amusing, sometimes confusing, sometimes slightly disturbing videos that she posts on her website, There she expounds on everything from "chola culture" to Star Wars, pirates, health care and driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in an a pseudo-Latino/Eastside brogue, her face hidden behind a green bandanna.


Report: Black, Latino kids see more fast food ads

Photo by waltarrrrr/Flickr (Creative Commons)

A McDonalds's ad in Spanish on an MTA train in Los Angeles, December 2008

The Salud Today blog dug this morsel out of a new report from the Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity:

Hispanic preschoolers see 290 Spanish-language fast food TV ads each year. McDonald’s is responsible for 25% of young people’s exposure to Spanish-language fast food advertising.

There's more. From the report, titled Fast Food FACTS: Evaluating Fast Food Nutrition and Marketing to Youth:
There is considerable evidence that exposure to marketing for fast food is even higher among African American and Hispanic youth. African American youth view almost 50% more TV advertisements for fast food than do white children and adolescents. Although differences in advertising exposure can be attributed in large part to the greater amount of time that African American and Hispanic youth spend watching television, fast food restaurants appear to disproportionately target African Americans and Hispanics with their marketing efforts. For example, fast food ads appear more frequently during African American-targeted TV programming than during general audience programming.

Fast food advertisements are also prevalent on Spanish-language television networks, comprising nearly half of all ads. Billboards for fast food restaurants appear significantly more often in low-income African American and Latino neighborhoods.

Fast food restaurants located in poorer African American neighborhoods also promote less-healthful foods and have more in-store advertisements compared to restaurants in more affluent, predominantly white neighborhoods.