How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Report: The growing influence of immigrant and second-generation voters

Source: Immigration Policy Center

A report on immigrant and second-generation voters released today by the Immigration Policy Center concludes that one in 10 registered voters in 2008 was a "new American." According to the report, 9.3 million registered voters were naturalized U.S. citizens, accounting for 6.4 percent of registered voters, and 5.7 million were U.S.-born children of immigrants, raised during the current era of large-scale immigration from Latin America and Asia that began in 1965.

Latinos and Asians accounted for 10.7 percent of registered voters in 2008, according to the report, and their electoral influence is growing. From the executive summary:

The ranks of registered voters who are New Americans, or Latino or Asian, have been growing rapidly this decade and are likely to play an increasingly pivotal role in elections at all levels in the years to come, particularly in battleground states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.


In the news this morning: Deported by mistake, the Latino health paradox, the Sanchez-Tran debate and more

The Associated Press: Lawsuit: Mentally ill US citizen wrongly deported A mentally disabled U.S. citizen who spoke no Spanish was deported to Mexico after immigration agents manipulated him into signing documents, a lawsuit alleges.

The Hispanic Mortality Paradox: Why Do Latinos Outlive Other Americans? – TIME Healthland Trying to explain Latinos' longer life expectancy, the subject of a federal report released yesterday.

Rep. Sanchez, Tran trade shots - The Orange County Register Democrat Loretta Sanchez and Republican Van Tran hammered each other in a debate yesterday, both seeking immigrant votes in Orange County's heavily immigrant 47th Congressional District.

Five Public Colleges in Georgia Ban Illegal-Immigrant Students - New York Times Georgia education officials voted yesterday to bar undocumented immigrants from attending the state’s five most selective public colleges. Georgia is the second state to do so, after South Carolina.


287(g) basics: How the federal-local immigration partnership works

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A Los Angeles County prisoner bus, June 2009

Last night, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the county’s participation in a partnership between Sheriff’s Department officials and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement known as 287(g), which allows deputies to screen people who land in county jail for immigration status.

Just what is 287(g)? The federal program derives its odd name from a 1996 amendment to the immigration law that authorized it. From the ICE website:

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 added Section 287(g), performance of immigration officer functions by state officers and employees, to the Immigration and Nationality Act. This authorizes the secretary of DHS to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of ICE officers.


CDC report: Latinas live longer

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Doctors with patient, Seattle, 1999

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its first-ever report on Hispanic life expectancy, and the long-life winners are Latinas, whose life expectancy tops the list at 83.1 years.

The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics issued its "United States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin" today, with the tables based on 2006 death rate data.

Among the groups compared in the report, Hispanic females have the highest life expectancy at birth (83.1 years), followed by non-Hispanic white females (80.4 years), Hispanic males (77.9 years), non-Hispanic black females (76.2 years), non-Hispanic white males (75.6 years), and non-Hispanic black males (69.2 years).

Latinos live longer in general: According to the report, life expectancy at birth for the total population in 2006 was 77.7 years; 80.6 years for the Hispanic population, 78.1 years for the non-Hispanic white population, and 72.9 years for the non-Hispanic black population.


In the news this morning: Fox in Spanish, Whitman in Mandarin, County supervisors continue immigration program, more

Harold Meyerson - Latino voters may make the difference for California Democrats on Election Day - The Washington Post In 2008, Latinos were 21 percent of California voters -- a six-point increase over their share in the 2006 midterms.

Fox News launches Latino site - The network has debuted,  a bilingual site launched weeks before the midterm elections.

PolitiFact | Spanish language ad claims Sen. Barbara Boxer voted against immigration reform PolitiFact clarifies, gets into history behind ad running on Spanish language TV in several large California markets.

Meg Whitman: Now available in Mandarin and Cantonese| PolitiCal | Los Angeles Times Whitman has expanded her multilingual advertising beyond Spanish to include Mandarin and Cantonese, with her campaign announcing the two new spots yesterday.