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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Tijuana/Mexico. Flickr photo: Nathan Gibbs.

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
Republicans are moderate about immigration policy
GOP voters may not be as conservative as you think — when it comes to immigration.
About 37 percent of Republicans support a pathway …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Immigration activists say President Obama doesn't understand their fight. (Photo: Eric Pearse-Chavez, Sonic Trace)

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
 Dreamer passes credible fear interview, closer to staying in U.S.
On Monday, Jaren Rodriguez Orellana, who participated in the Bring Them Home 3 border action and is a Honduran …

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How to avoid immigration fraud

Photo: Saul Gonzalez

Understanding U.S. immigration laws can be tricky. And with the possibility of immigration reform and a path to citizenship on the horizon, many fear that there is more opportunity for immigration fraud. Saul Gonzalez reports on one case of fraud here.
We spoke to Daniel Sharp, legal director at CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) Los Angeles, to iron out some questions about fraud, immigration processes and …

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Immigration fraud: One victim’s story

Maria Guitterez, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico and living in the United States illegally, was swindled out of $80,000 over ten years in an extended incident of immigration fraud. How? The con artist played on her fear of getting arrested and desperation to stay in the country. When that didn't work, he started threatening her family. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Los Angeles is a metropolis of immigrants, but many of  these newcomers are living in this country illegally. That’s what makes L.A. the unofficial capital of immigration fraud, where con artists play on people’s desperation to get residency papers so they can live in this country legally without fear of deportation.
Immigrant advocates such as those at L.A.’s Central American Refugee Center, or CARECEN, meet …

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Life in Las Casitas, hidden housing in Newbury Park

Avenida del Platino in Las Casitas, Newbury Park, CA.

All over the country, and here in Southern California, there are many high income areas that thrive and depend on low-income jobs. These jobs are often filled by immigrants: nannies, landscapers, kitchen staff, housekeepers and janitors. Thousand Oaks in Ventura County is one of these places, but because of the city’s strict zoning laws, many of the low-income people who work in Thousand Oaks …

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Timeline: How did we get here on immigration reform?

Immigration protest. Photo by Eric Pearse Chavez

This timeline starts with the Bracero Program, which ran from 1942 to 1964. Under the program, more than 4.5 million Mexican workers came to the United States to farm, taking hard jobs at low wages.But these weren’t the first workers to come to the U.S. Until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 , nearly 200,0000 Chinese nationals worked the field. But immigration history starts …

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Sonic Trace: 5 things to know about the ‘Dream 9′

Lizbeth Mateo, a Dream 9 activist. (Photo: Eric Pearse Chavez)

This post comes to us from KCRW’s Sonic Trace. 
1- Who are they?
There’s a total of nine youths who — with the support of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance — presented themselves at the Nogales-Sonora border. Most Dreamers haven’t been to their place of birth.
Dreamers are young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S by their parents. The term “Dream” comes after a piece …

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Sonic Trace: Returning to Oaxaca 15 years later

Lizbeth and her brother visit their grandmother's grave in Oaxaca.

Congress is still shutdown. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of immigrants from gathering in Washington this month to protest the lack of comprehensive immigration reform.
This week, Sonic Trace partnered with To The Point to explore the story of one young activist, Lizbeth Mateo. For almost a decade Lizbeth has performed acts of civil disobedience across the country. But this summer, she took it to a new …

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Sonic Trace: Does the ‘Dream 9′ have a strategy?

Lizbeth Mateo and her mother.

Lizbeth Mateo is a 29-year-old Mexican citizen who was raised in Los Angeles. She is a college graduate and considers the United States her home – even though she doesn’t have papers and isn’t legally supposed to be in the U.S. It’s not an easy situation, but one which a young group of activists are trying to change. They call themselves “Dreamers” and have …

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Deportees killed in 1948 plane crash finally named

Musician Lance Canales bows his head at a memorial at Holy Cross Cemetery. The stone is inscribed with the names of the 28 farmworkers who died in a 1948 plane crash.

This week a granite memorial that marked the victims of a plane crash in the Central Valley was unveiled to honor the people who died.
65 years ago, a group of Mexican farm workers – who were laboring here in California – were being transported in an airplane to a deportation center. Immigration officials say they’d overstayed their work authorizations.
But the plane crashed near Los …

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A big weekend for Spanish literature in Los Angeles

Lea LA is this weekend.

L.A. is a profoundly Latin American city, with countless historical and cultural ties to the Spanish-speaking world. Those ties include a common language. Spanish is spoken by over 40 percent of L.A. residents, making it the second-most spoken language in L.A. after English.
Remember, even saying the words “Los Angeles” (or if you want to get fancy and historical about it, El Pueblo de Nuestra …

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Sonic Trace: Where are you from? Why did you stay?

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KCRW’s Sonic Trace is a story-telling project that begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The project gathers stories from immigrants across Los Angeles in a portable soundbooth, La Burbuja (The Bubble) to create an oral history mosaic of Los Angeles.
Some of these are collected below. The stories range from the challenges of adapting to a new …

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Photos: The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

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Today is the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Across Mexico – and the world – devotees flock to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the heart Mexico City to celebrate and pay tribute to the patron saint that Catholics call the Queen of Mexico and the Empress of the Americas.
Los Angeles is the second city with the largest of population of …

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Sonic Trace: Tavehua, Los Angeles & Tavehua, Oaxaca

Julian Gonzalez in Santa María Tavehua, Oaxaca jamming on tuba. Photo by Carmen Vidal

 
Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world. The largest number of people in the city is of Latino origin. But there are many ethnic groups within Latin-American culture. Like the enclave of Zapotec villagers from Southern Mexico who have migrated to LA’s Koreatown. KCRW’s Sonic Trace series has been focusing on Zapotecs who come from the tiny village …

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Sonic Trace: A Zapotec raised on the streets of Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world. The largest number of people in the city is of Latino origin.  But there are a lot of different ethnic groups within Latin-American culture.  Like the enclave of Zapotec villagers from Southern Mexico who have migrated to LA’s Koreatown.  We’ve been focusing on migrants, who come from the tiny village of Santa Maria Tavehua.
This is Nico’s …

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Sonic Trace: Elsa, an artisan in Oaxaca on her craft and her home

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Santa Maria Tavehua is a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico.  They are known for their ceramic arts made from an indigenous orange clay.  For centuries, the people of Tavehua made pots and plates, cups and bowls to barter and trade among themselves.  In the modern economy, their work shifted to decorative pieces, specifically these little bunnies playing instruments.  In recent decades, …

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Sonic Trace: Koreatown turns Korexico

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Since the 1970s, Los Angeles has become a hub for Mexico’s indigenous Zapotecs – a culture that predates the Spanish conquest of the Americas. All week, Sonic Trace is exploring the connection between Santa Maria Tavehua, a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico, and L.A.’s Koreatown – where more than half the village now lives. This is a story is about putting down roots. …

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Sonic Trace: Julieta, an LA-Born Zapoteca

Since the 1970s, Los Angeles has become a hub for Mexico’s indigenous Zapotecs – a culture that predates the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Sonic Trace has launched a five-part series that explores the connection between Santa Maria Tavehua, a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico, and L.A.’s Koreatown – where more than half the village now lives. In this story, we hear from …

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Sonic Trace: ‘La Burbuja’ brings radio to your backyard

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Sonic Trace, KCRW’s independent producer project featuring the stories of Mexican and Central Americans around Los Angeles, launched a Kickstarter campaign for “La Burbuja” or “The Bubble,” a sleek portable sound booth. The designers of the booth, Hugo Martinez with Christin To, are both immigrants to the United States.
Searching for a portable sound booth design, Sonic Trace challenged architects back in May to submit …

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Sonic Trace: How to cover the Mexican election for a US audience

Luis interviewing a subject for his story

One of the goals of Sonic Trace is to find stories that are local to both Los Angeles and Mexico. The recent Mexican presidential election was one such story. As producers, we wanted to explore the election in a way that was timely, relevant and not boring for KCRW’s LA audience. We wanted to explain Mexican democracy, and the importance of being invested in …

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