Navigating the rocky terrain of dating and relationships is difficult enough. But for cross-status couples, romance is even more complicated.
Sipping on a latte in a Boyle Heights coffee shop, 29-year-old Erick Huerta isn’t shy about describing his relationship status: "Single, bilingual, and ready to mingle," he said with a grin.
He's employed, has his own place, is well-educated – an eligible bachelor, by most anyone's standards. But then there's the issue of his other status: his immigration status.
Huerta's family brought him to the U.S. illegally when he was seven. And as a single adult, it's come back to haunt him time and again. He recalls an awkward exchange three years ago, after his then-girlfriend – a U.S. citizen – told her mother that she was dating him.
“She was telling her about me, told her that I’m undocumented," Huerta said. "And her mom’s advice to her was, you know, just like that, be careful, because you know those people only want one thing, i.e. a green card.”
California last year became the biggest state to allow immigrants without legal status to apply for driver’s licenses. But regulators still need to write the rules, and some immigrants are concerned the finalized law might not work as intended.
A chief worry is that immigrants won't have the necessary documents to even apply for a license – nor have a way of producing duplicates.
“They come from places where sometimes they don’t have communication with people anymore," said Olga Perez, a community organizer with LA Voice. "Some of them don’t even have family members over there. They came on their own and they lost contact."
Perez was among more than 250 people who packed the Bell Community Center Thursday night for a hearing on the law with officials from the Department of Motors Vehicles, and state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.
Amy Chua and her husband Jed Rubenfeld co-authored the controversial book "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America."
A superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. According to “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, her husband and fellow Yale Law School professor, these are the elements of "the Triple Package" — the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success.
They took an in-depth look at how some cultures consistently outperform others and found there are groups in America that simply do better. But already reaction to their new book, "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America," is heated, and the authors have been accused of racist overtones in their writing.
Are Chua and Rubenfeld right? They're sitting down Thursday evening with with KPCC's Patt Morrison in the Crawford Family Forum for an eye-opening discussion. Follow the discussion on Twitter below and tweet with hashtag #TheTriplePackage.
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Voting rights advocates worry that a proposed amendment to the Voting Rights Act won't offer enough protection for Hispanic voters and other minorities.
Proposed Voting Rights Fix May Leave Latinos Vulnerable at Polls - NBC News Last year, the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act that required federal supervision of nine states with a record of discriminating against minorities at the polls. To add teeth back into the law, a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich. and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. has offered an amendment to require federal supervision of some states. But Latino advocacy groups worry there are too may flaws with the Congressional proposal. For one thing, it only covers four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi — although the courts could allow the addition of more jurisdictions.
Chuck Schumer backs E.J. Dionne on immigration - Politico A new idea to force through an immigration bill with a so-called discharge petition appears to be gaining traction. Sen. Chuck Schumer told Politico on Thursday that he backed an idea raised by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne in which a majority of members of the House would force House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on the Senate-passed bill. Schumer said in a statement that "it’s clear a majority of the House supports immigration reform. A minority faction has scared Republicans out of acting even though large parts of the Republican base, including business and religious groups, support the bill, making a discharge petition an appropriate remedy.” An immigration bill has been stalled in the House since last summer, when the Senate passed their version.
A protester is arrested outside the U.S. Capitol during an immigration rally in September 2013. Some immigration activists are promising lawmakers "relentless and constant confrontations" until they agree to support an immigration reform deal.
Immigration activists threaten GOP political payback - USA Today More on how members of a national coalition of immigrant-rights groups say they "have not completely given up on immigration reform in 2014 but nevertheless have all but declared political war on the GOP." The group is promising "relentless and constant confrontations that will escalate" until lawmakers agree to support an immigration deal.
California: GOP incumbents may be harmed by party abandoning immigration deal in D.C. - San Jose Mercury News Now that Republican members of Congress are saying immigration reform is unlikely to pass this year, how might this reflect on the campaigns of California GOP lawmakers who have backed an overhaul? The shift could affect incumbents like Jeff Denham of Modesto and David Valadao of Hanford, both Republicans representing heavily Latino districts.