[USC] Deferred Action immigrant support program marks one year (+ Video)
*VIDEO / Immigration Issues / Urban Issues / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Deferred Action immigrant support program marks one year (+ Video)

Just over a year ago, President Obama launched a groundbreaking immigration program to help young immigrants in the U.S. to avoid deportation and find employment for two-year periods. The program is known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” and is meant to assist youth who came to the country as young kids, and have completed … Continue reading

[USC] Who are the people of Israel?
Immigration Issues / Israel / Jewish / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Who are the people of Israel?

Mainstream media consumers often think of this tiny country’s population in terms of two factors: Jewish and non-Jewish — which often means Arab. Yet the reality is much more complex. Modern-day Israelis have emigrated from or descend from roughly 25 countries in substantial numbers, with Russia representing the largest migration, and Syria the smallest. And … Continue reading

[USC] Latino youth learn leadership at the CASA Institute (+ Video)
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[USC] Latino youth learn leadership at the CASA Institute (+ Video)

Today in Los Angeles, Latino students from eight cities across the nation are learning to be the leaders of tomorrow — and to be advocates for their communities. Daina Beth Solomon met the students at La Plaza Olvera in downtown L.A. Submitted for professor David Daniel’s “Broadcast” class at the USC Annenberg School for Communication … Continue reading

[Blog] Jose Antonio Vargas at USC: Journalism, Immigration + 11 Million More Stories
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[Blog] Jose Antonio Vargas at USC: Journalism, Immigration + 11 Million More Stories

When writer Jose Antonio Vargas spoke recently at USC, we learned that his struggles as an undocumented immigrant fueled his career in journalism. “If I can’t be here because I don’t have the right papers, what if I’m on the paper?” he had thought as a high schooler. “How can they say I don’t exist?” For Vargas, writing became a way to prove his existence in America, documents be damned. And more important, it motivated him to “succeed my way into citizenship.” Citizenship continues to elude him, though. To push for change, he shares his story around the United States with groups from college students to Tea Party members. Continue reading

[USC] Miss Chiquita Banana: Here to Stay, for Better or Worse
COUNTRIES & CULTURES / FOOD / Immigration Issues / Latin American food / LATIN AMERICAN/LATINO / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Miss Chiquita Banana: Here to Stay, for Better or Worse

Imagine a packed movie theater in 1950. An audience awaits Hollywood’s latest picture — but first, the commercials. An animated steamboat appears on the screen, chugging along to cheerful music. Then a beautiful woman alights. Or rather, a banana. She is “Miss Chiquita” representing prominent fruit company Chiquita Banana. By 1950, the filmgoers know her … Continue reading

[Blog] Hello and Goodbye at the U.S.-Mexico Border
*BLOG / COUNTRIES & CULTURES / Immigration Issues / LATIN AMERICAN/LATINO / Mexican / Tijuana

[Blog] Hello and Goodbye at the U.S.-Mexico Border

After a half-dozen trips, I thought I knew Tijuana. I thought I understood the vicissitudes of border life. But I had never been to the crazy spot between the United States and Mexico, San Ysidro and Tijuana, where the border wall descends into the sea. I finally saw it in 2008, during a trip with the Occidental College Multicultural Summer Institute… Continue reading