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The border in Boyle Heights

| Seeing the new play "Detained in the Desert" this weekend in at the Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights was a bit like being transported back to my recent previous life as a reporter covering the U.

Online reaction to Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize win at once fascinating, unsettling

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Among the most interesting aspects of the response to jailed Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize last week (aside from the Chinese government’s predicted angry reaction, President Obama’s call for his release, and sadly, the subsequent house-arrest detention of Liu’s wife) has been the heated exchanges online in recent days in reaction to the news, with a mix of immigrants and others chiming in with strong opinions about the award, communism, U.

American snapshot: Hawthorne

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Multi-American

In the news this morning: Immigrant advocates goes local, ICE fingerprint program, race in the 47th District, more

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Immigration advocacy goes local - USATODAY.com With the prospect of comprehensive immigration reform waning, advocacy groups are focusing their efforts on local communities.

Q&A: A former labor watchdog on contractors, clients, and illegal hiring

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The illegal hiring scandals that have landed both Meg Whitman and Lou Dobbs in hot water in the course of just over a week have placed a spotlight on the role of employers in illegal immigration, bringing up questions about how involved employers need to be in verifying workers' legal status, and whether it's even possible to avoid unauthorized workers in an economy that depends on low-wage help.

American snapshot: Alhambra

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In keeping with yesterday's post, a commercial sign that hints at the ethnic mix in Alhambra, home now to a community news website published in English, Spanish and Mandarin. I've been encountering this sign during my commute north since starting here during the summer.

In the news this morning: A deportation mess, Dobbs vs. The Nation, Angle on Muslims, the Pennsylvania hate beating

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How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet - COLORLINES How a young Texan born in Bangladesh wound up deported after a quick trip to Mexico.

Ouch: "Perhaps Lou & Mage (sic) Whitman use the same staffing firm?"

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