Mayor Defends Mosque Near Ground Zero - WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal)
California Republicans set out to woo Latino voters - CSMonitor.com (Christian Science Monitor)
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Steele defends immigration comments « - Blogs from CNN.com (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
Muslim cab driver slashed by upstate New York man because of his religion, police say (New York Daily News)
LA Beez - Zorba the Mexican (labeez.org)
Immigration has been the theme of several films on the festival circuit this year, including some of those featured at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in Hollywood. The festival winds up tonight.
Last month, “Panic Nation,” an immigration-related documentary by filmmaker George Adams, won the award for best documentary at the Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles downtown. Adams, who grew up in Southern California, moved a few years ago with his wife to Oklahoma, where she grew up. It was there, of all places, that he decided to make a film about the debate over illegal immigration.
In 2007, landlocked Oklahoma, population 3.7 million and almost smack in the middle of the country, took the lead among states enacting their own strict anti-illegal immigration laws. Oklahoma’s HB 1804 foreshadowed Arizona’s SB 1070 – and the many state proposals that have since followed suit - but received scant attention. It did, however, make Adams to want to parse out the debate over illegal immigration, tracking down lawmakers, journalists and others from all sides in hopes of breaking down just what it is that is driving states to take matters into their own hands.
This afternoon I dropped in on a quilting circle, spending time with a group of women who meet once a week to sew and enjoy one another's company. Save for a few smallish details, it could have been a scene straight out of Normal Rockwell: A sun-dappled room in a rambling Pasadena house, a pitcher of sweet lemonade on the coffee table, the women sewing and embroidering surrounded by a sea of fabric.
But the Tuesday Ladies, as they call themselves, are not what one might immediately picture when a Pasadena quilting circle comes to mind. The women are Muslim immigrants from a variety of places - Pakistan, Bosnia, Iran, India, Palestine - who meet once a week to sew quilts that they sell for a cause.
Perhaps it's a music store somewhere in Michoacán, home state of 1930s Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas? No, it's in Plaza Mexico, the Mexican-themed, Korean-American-developed and owned shopping and entertainment complex in Lynwood, Calif. Only in Los Yunaites.
Good morning. Not the best news today: Possible record deaths on the border in Arizona and record backlogs in the immigration courts. Here is a roundup of the top stories.
Border deaths in Arizona may break record this year - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
Attorneys question if ICE deportations are valid | The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake Tribune)
Ezra Klein - A record backlog in immigration courts (voices.washingtonpost.com)
Why is it so hard for Obama to shake the Muslim myth? - CSMonitor.com (Christian Science Monitor)
The Leadership Playlist: Unraveling the forces behind the NYC Mosque - On Leadership at washingtonpost.com (views.washingtonpost.com)