BBC World News America Profiles Immigrant Candidates in Midterm Elections

BBC World News America is turning its focus to immigrant candidates in the upcoming midterm elections, announcing that it will profile three of them on its Web site this week.

The profiles will feature video, text, slide shows, issue overviews, and interviews with the candidates, voters, and political analysts. The candidates’ chances of winning will be evaluated, as will the effects of the record number of immigrant candidates running for election in 2010.

Its profile of Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) debuted Tuesday. Cao is a Vietnamese immigrant running for re-election in a mostly African-American district in New Orleans.

Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-Texas) will be profiled Thursday, and the Rodriguez profile will also air on BBC World News America at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Rodriguez, from Mexico, is facing a tough race from Republican challenger Francisco Canseco.

Another Vietnamese immigrant is the subject of Friday’s profile: Van Tran, a Republican taking on incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) in a mostly Vietnamese-American district.

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