Feet in 2 Worlds’ News Picks, July 20, 2012

Getting the story and bringing it to you. (Photo: Cedward Brice/Flickr)

Earlier this week, we reported on Florida’s new access to a massive Department of Homeland Security database listing noncitizen residents of the United States. Now, Texas wants the same thing, according to the Houston Chronicle. Fi2W columnist Erwin de Leon gives his take on the story here.

The story of undocumented immigrants struggling to receive basic services is an old one, but the Associated Press inverts the story by going to Mexico and finding U.S. citizen children of former immigrants, who don’t receive services from the Mexican government.  Read it here.

Opening statements began in the civil trial of Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona.  The Washington Post covers it here.  The Associated Press runs down the major players here.

Previous news picks touched on the story of U.S. authorities stripping an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant of her rights to her 5-year-old son.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Editorial Board presents their take on the story here.  Latina Lista discusses the story here.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Barack Obama’s lead among Latino voters only continues to grow, despite the high level of outreach from Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

CNN covers what attracts Asian immigrants to the United States.

Latina Lista has an interesting piece today about “diaspora bonds,” which allow Dominican immigrants to purchase savings bonds that benefit their home country.  Read the story here.

In southern Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bites covers the dire poverty of many elderly Russian Jewish immigrants.

Carmela Sbarro, the founder and namesake of Sbarro’s Pizza, died this week.  The Bensonhurst Bean talks about the chain’s humble beginnings as a single neighborhood pizza shop.

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