February 24, 2002 |
I first met Pat Buchanan almost 33 years ago, though I can't say I remember him--I was 8 days old. My dad's great friend, Victor Lasky, the late, great conservative muckraker, brought Buchanan to attend my bris (the Jewish celebration that brilliantly marries ritual circumcision and smoked fish on a bagel). Lasky introduced the future three-time presidential candidate to my Dad: "This is Pat Buchanan, he's a terrific redbaiter." Since my family's apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was, for political conservatives, what the catacombs were for Christians in ancient Rome--sanctuary from the pagan authorities--it was probably the only place north of Lincoln Center that someone could be called a "terrific redbaiter" and it would be both offered and received as a high compliment.
July 28, 2013
Re "Rich bird-lover's anti-immigration legacy has wings," July 25 As an immigrant and an environmentalist, I'm appalled by the late heiress Cordelia Scaife May's legacy of funding anti-immigration groups. May's belief that immigration fuels population growth and harms the environment is racist and outdated. A 2010 University of Pennsylvania study showed that Mexican immigrant fertility rates rapidly decline in subsequent generations, debunking previous reports of continued high population growth among Latinos.
June 13, 2008
Re "Over the line," editorial, June 11 How can The Times just not understand facts? The editorial states, "Should the government cede so much ground to an anti-immigration mob that shows no signs of being appeasable?" The proper term is "anti-illegal" immigration. The word "illegal" should mean a lot. I do not know one person who is against legal immigration, but most people I know are against illegal immigration. The Times' continual deletion of the word "illegal" is very well calculated.
April 20, 2008
Re "They've served the U.S. -- now they're citizens," April 15 It seems today that you must be either anti-American or anti-immigration. The article that explains how 22 U.S. immigrants who have chosen to fight for this country have gained citizenship shows that our divisions over who has a right into this country and who does not are misinformed, to say the least. I am a naturally born U.S. citizen and have been granted rights that others, who truly value the freedoms the United States can provide, should enjoy.
January 16, 2008
Re "San Diego Minutemen adopt a road," Jan. 12 That was a nice piece about the Minutemen adopting a highway, but I think you gave credit to the wrong group. The Campo Minutemen adopted Buckman Springs Highway in Campo, Calif., more than a year ago, and there was no controversy or complaints. The group has at least one man cleaning up literally every day, and every few weeks there is a crew out on a Saturday. They are doing a great job. Indy Britton Campo, Calif. The Minutemen may wish to be simply characterized as a community activist group, but it is a loose network of anti-immigration groups whose primary goal is to stop an alleged invasion of the United States by immigrants from Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1996
The commentary by Bert Corona and Nativo Vigil Lopez ("Beating Case Spotlights Larger Issues," April 14) sounds like a hostile threat to me. In their biased, one-sided, blind, zealous, spiteful tirade, they express their "repugnance" and "disgust" at the "inhumane police acts of terror." They claim those acts of terror are very common now along the U.S.-Mexican border. They also blame politicians for creating the hostile anti-immigrant climate. They want a lot of other things like more money for citizenship assistance, less border patrol enforcement and no immigration reform.