April 30, 2013 |
Assembly Democrats may have hit on an ingenious way to make citizens take their jury summonses more seriously: Last week they passed a bill that would allow noncitizens to serve on juries. Suddenly, outraged commentators and bloggers who feared the loss of a key measure of citizenship were referring to "jury service" instead of "jury duty. " Although the news was generally reported accurately, some went overboard; at foxnews.com, for example, the headline said: "California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 |
Legal residents who are not citizens would be able to serve as volunteer poll workers during California elections under legislation approved Monday by the state Senate. Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) introduced the measure to address a shortage of bilingual poll workers and increase civic engagement by residents who are ineligible to vote because they are not yet citizens. “As our country moves closer towards comprehensive immigration reform, it is important for states to create opportunities for lawful permanent residents to participate in our democratic process and encourage them to continue on the pathway towards citizenship," Bonta said.
January 8, 2013
Re "On family plan," Jan. 4 Can someone please explain to me how someone born in the U.S. to non-citizens is automatically deemed to be an American citizen? I looked up the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Section I reads, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. " As I read it, being born here then going back to China or wherever certainly does not make one "subject to the jurisdiction thereof.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1994
I am sick and tired of seeing all the complaints and demonstrations of illegal aliens who (supposedly) can't get services or care. The truth is that people who are citizens of this country, who work 16 hours a day and still can't make it, are the ones who don't "qualify" for government assistance. Meanwhile, the illegal residents receive food, housing, shelter and education absolutely free, not to mention medical care. Why don't your articles tell the other side of the story? BELLA LEVEEN Camarillo
December 28, 2012 |
The Senate approved a five-year extension of a law that lets the government conduct electronic communication surveillance of suspected terrorists without obtaining a warrant. The bill reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, passed by a vote of 73 to 23 early Friday. Passed by the House earlier this year, the measure now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. Without the extension, FISA would expire Tuesday. The law allows the government to monitor phone calls, emails and other types of electronic communications between suspected terrorists and U.S. citizens.
February 18, 2010
Seth Morris of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and special guest Rob Huebel of "I Love You, Man" (filling in for Ed Helms) transform into their puppet alter egos to host this comedic live talk show. Guests perform, then chat with the felt hosts. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave. 10 p.m. Sat. $8. (323) 908-8702. www.ucbtheatre.com.