November 1, 1992
I was pleased to see your editorial "Bush vs. Clinton: What Would Be Best Immigration Policy?" (Oct. 26). Immigration policy has been almost totally ignored by the presidential candidates. The editorial properly places the issue of immigration against a broader background of trade agreements, foreign policy and the need for economic development in Third World countries. As an attorney who worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service prior to entering private practice, I believe that the steps advocated by The Times would go a long way toward solving some critical immigration problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997
When I read that 111,794 illegal aliens were deported in the past year, including more than 50,000 criminals (Oct. 31), the absurdity of the statement overwhelmed me. If 111,794 illegal aliens were deported in the last year, then the number of criminals deported was far above the 50,000 you reported; in fact, precisely 111,794 criminals were deported. Illegal aliens are, in fact, criminals. Illegal presence in the United States by a foreign national is a federal crime. When is The Times going to perceive the overwhelming, documented evidence and recognize illegal immigration for the enormous problem it actually is?
January 15, 2004
Re "Physician, Remake Thyself," Jan. 10: There is little that the government of the Philippines can do to dissuade its physicians from becoming nurses in order to immigrate to the United States. As an immigration attorney who has helped many thousands of physicians and nurses immigrate to the U.S. over the last 20 years, I have observed that the severe nursing shortage in the U.S., as well as the economic disparities between the two countries, make this all but inevitable. Since U.S. hospitals benefit significantly from RNs trained in the Philippines, it's time for our country to invest in the training of Filipino nurses.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens will have an easier path to permanent residency under a new Obama administration rule that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million people unlawfully in the United States. The rule issued Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their U.S. families while seeking legal status, officials said. Beginning March 4, illegal immigrants who can demonstrate that time apart from an American spouse, child or parent would create "extreme hardship" can apply for a visa without leaving the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2011 |
Jenny and Jason Messam couldn't be more different: She is white and Jewish; he is black and Christian. At 38, she is 15 years older. There is one other important difference: Jenny is American, and Jason is Jamaican. They married in January 2010, and Jason applied for a U.S. visa a few months later, hoping to join his wife in Los Angeles. Immigration officials in the U.S. initially approved the petition. But workers at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica were suspicious and, after interviewing the couple and sifting through phone records, pictures, emails and other documentation, they decided that the marriage was probably a fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2009 |
Filipino exchange teacher Ferdinand Nakila landed in Los Angeles expecting "Pretty Woman" scenes of swank Beverly Hills boulevards and glittering celebrities. What he got was Inglewood, where he stayed for two weeks in temporary housing and encountered drunkards, beggars, trash-filled streets and nightly police sirens. It got worse.