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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 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 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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Border Patrol says deadly San Diego shooting justified


The deadly shooting of a suspected illegal migrant is rekindling the debate over the use of lethal force along the U.S.-Mexican border. Investigators say a man who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent yesterday threw several large rocks, including one that hit the agent in the face. It happened about four miles from San Diego’s Otay Mesa Border Crossing as agents …

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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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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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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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LAUSD President Vladovic denies harassment claims


L.A. School Board President Richard Vladovic is denying charges that he sexually harassed a district employee a decade ago. That accusation and others were revealed in documents obtained by the L.A. Times through a public records request. One accuser says Vladovic made off-color jokes, used slurs about an employees’ sexual orientation and once handed her a swingers magazine to look at. Through an aide, …

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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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Inter-culturalism is the new melting pot: Mash-up identity explored

Artist Bia Gayotto in front of her two-screen installation

Artist Bia Gayotto came to Los Angeles from Brazil nearly 20 years ago to get her MFA.  She stayed for love.   Now, she considers herself Brazilian-American.  This mash-up of identity informs not just her personal existence, but her latest work, “Somewhere in Between: Los Angeles.”
For the two-screen video installation just installed at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Gayotto interviewed residents of 16 …

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Today’s News: Businesses could pay higher jobless tax; Protesting at the border; Surf contest ends in a melee


Unemployment shortfall. Governor Jerry Brown is pushing a bill that would erase California’s $10 billion unemployment insurance deficit by raising payroll taxes on businesses.
California has been saddled with one of the highest jobless rates in the country in recent years. To sustain the state’s unemployment insurance program, California has had to borrow money from the federal government.
But with unemployment edging down 8.5 percent, Brown …

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Today’s News: Rough U.C. debut for Janet Napolitano; Mountain Fire keeps growing; Garcetti dons Navy duds


Napolitano confirmed. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been confirmed as the next University of California President. But her confirmation hearing did not go smoothly, or quietly.
Student protestors shouted, chanted and briefly interrupted the U.C. Regents meeting that was held in San Francisco to confirm Napolitano. Four students who refused an order to leave were led away in handcuffs. The protestors said Napolitano’s role …

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Today’s News: U.C. Regents set to vote on Napolitano; Raging wildfire closer to Idyllwild; Emmy nominations


Napolitano nomination. Students and immigration activists opposed to the nomination of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the next president of the University of California are planning to protest today at a Regents meeting in San Francisco.
The Regents are scheduled to vote this afternoon on Napolitano’s nomination and the former Arizona governor is expected to be on hand.
Sacramento Bee reporter Laurel Rosenhall told “Which …

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Today’s News: School Board could curb suspensions


Dealing with defiance. The L.A. Board of Education is due to vote tomorrow on a landmark resolution that would ban suspensions for what’s called “willful defiance.” The move comes amid a growing belief in some quarters that suspending students for disruptive behavior is counterproductive.
“Willful defiance” can involve anything from cursing at a teacher to incessant talking or failing to wear a school uniform. The …

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Today’s News: 1 in 10 L.A. County adults here illegally

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Immigrant tally. A new study confirms that the national debate over immigration reform is as important in Los Angeles as anywhere in the country.
One in 10 adults in L.A. County either crossed the U.S. border illegally or overstayed their visa, according to a report by USC researchers. In some parts of Koreatown and South L.A. that number is 1 in 3.
The report by USC’s …

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Today’s News: LACMA aims for $650 million makeover


Remaking LACMA. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will unveil a planned $650 million makeover next month that would require demolishing much of the current museum.
LACMA Director Michael Govan says a new design by Dutch architect Peter Zumthor – a Pritzker Prize winner – will redefine the encyclopedic museum for the 21st Century. To do that, the L.A. Times reports LACMA plans to …

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Evangelicals and immigration reform in Orange County


Congress is in the midst of debating a proposed bill that would grant some type of amnesty to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Meanwhile, a different debate is happening in some of Orange County’s major evangelical churches. Pastors are joining other Christian leaders to push for immigration reform. But they’re finding resistance among their congregants, some of who are actually leaving their churches in …

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Today’s News: Immigration activists hitting the streets; Mojave solar plan nixed; Rebound for local production


Day of activism. Marches, rallies, prayer vigils and voter registration drives are taking place up and down California and nationwide today as activists work to shape the immigration reform debate.  A major rally is also scheduled in Washington, D.C., where bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are putting the finishing touches on reform proposals. The activists want to make sure those proposals include …

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Today’s News: L.A.’s homegrown majority; Prison pinch; Iran targeting ‘Argo’


Home grown. By the end of this year, a majority of Angelenos will be native born Californians. That’s a first for the city. After a century as the transplant capital of the Unites States, a study by USC’s Population Dynamics Research Group finds that by 2030, two-thirds of Angelenos will be native born. One of the reasons for the shift is a big drop …

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Today’s News: Ex-mentor’s tip launched Dorner manhunt; New twist in Prop. 8 fight; Shrinking juries


Unmasking Dorner. The LAPD says the toll of Christopher’s Dorner’s revenge spree might have been higher if not for the quick thinking of a sergeant who had trained Dorner. Terie Evans called police in Irvine after the shooting deaths of the daughter of former LAPD official and her fiancée in that city. The day before, Evans had received a phone call from police in …

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