links for 2010-09-05

  • "Not all the examples are white celebs. We are given Alex Rodriguez whose parents are Dominican and the legendary Joan Baez, daughter of a Scottish mother and Mexican father. But, I wonder would the inclusion of 'successful' people of color, specifically women of color and even more specifically Latinas work as proof of how safe the children of immigrants are if there weren’t European immigrants and their children on the list? After all the false debate around the 14th amendment is not built around the birthrate of immigrant Norwegians . It’s about Latina women, more specifically Mexican women and their children. Women like Cirila Baltazar Cruz and children like her daughter Ruby and young adults like those fighting for the DREAM Act."
  • "This has happened largely for the same reason that the New York fashion industry, through the ’80s, was populated most visibly by designers of Jewish heritage, like Calvin Klein, Ms. Karan, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Mr. Kors. Throughout the 20th century, generations of Jewish immigrants had created a thriving garment district in New York, first as laborers, then as factory owners, manufacturers, retailers and, eventually, as designers. Many of today’s Asian-American designers say they experienced a similar evolution from the factory to the catwalk, since some of their parents and grandparents were once involved in the production of clothes."
  • "During a February meeting in a Joliet church basement, Alejandro Prieto listened to Mr. Chavez’s story, then rolled up his sleeve to reveal his own reminder of a falling box: a thick, ugly purple scar. Mr. Prieto said he never sought medical attention because he could not afford it, and he never told a supervisor because he feared losing his job.

    “'If they fire 10 people, 20 more will apply in their place,' said Mr. Prieto, who has three children. 'They make millions, and we can’t save any money at these jobs. But if we didn’t do this work, people wouldn’t have all these things.'”

  • "The verdict comes on the heels of reports of a year of unprecedented deaths along the border. Millis said that in the six months between when the Ninth Circuit first heard his case and yesterday, when they issued their verdict, 126 migrants had perished in Arizona. Most die from dehydration and heat-related illnesses in the region where daytime temperatures soar into the triple digits.

    “"That’s 126 too many,' he said. 'It’s inexcusable.'”

  • "The future of America is in this question: Will the Baby Boomers recognize that they have a responsibility and a personal stake in ensuring that this next generation of largely Latino and African-American kids are prepared to succeed?" contends Stephen Klineberg, a sociologist at Rice University in Houston, who has studied the economic and political implications of changing demographics. "This ethnic transformation could be the greatest asset this county will have, with a young multilingual, well-educated workforce. Or it could tear us apart and become a major liability."