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In the news this morning: Arizona legal woes, 'birth tourism,' and an odd twist to Discovery gunman story

| Ariz. immigration law's legal costs could top $1 million - USATODAY.com (USA Today)

In the immigrant detention system, female detainees face risks

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Earlier this month, I linked to a story out of Texas about a guard from an immigration detention facility being arrested for allegedly fondling female detainees. The only unusual thing about it was that he was arrested; the type of allegations made were not.

Since it's lunch time: Album Tacos

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This is hands-down the most hilarious thing I've seen all week: Album Tacos, a new Tumblr site that features taco-fied versions of classic album covers. Call it the Taco Version.

The road to U.S. citizenship, on today's Patt Morrison show

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This afternoon's Patt Morrison show on 89.3 KPCC will be examining the process of becoming a U.S. citizen: how long it takes, how expensive it is, and what it takes for immigrants to navigate a complicated legal system.

In the news this morning: More migrant kidnappings, grief in Latin America, another head scarf lawsuit and more

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Police: Human smugglers kidnap 16 migrants in Mexico - CNN.com (edition.cnn.com)

Quote of the moment (circa 1751): A Founding Father on immigration

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"Why should Pennsylvania ... become a Colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our language or customs, any more than they can acquire our complexion?"

Gunman's rant referred to 'immigration pollution'

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So while I was driving this afternoon, I missed the start of biggest national crime story so far today, an armed hostage crisis at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland that ended with the gunman killed during a stand-off with police.

Another report: New immigrants do, in fact, assimilate

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I promise that I won't post any more reports after this, but one released today by the Center for American Progress is pretty interesting. It's a report on immigrant assimilation that points to key benchmarks being met by relatively new immigrants.