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OPINION
March 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Luciano Sandoval, a 41-year-old farmworker living in the United States without legal status, went to the Kern County Courthouse in Bakersfield last month to pay a traffic ticket. A few days later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained him as he was going to work and began deportation proceedings. Sandoval, who has six American-born daughters, said the agents told him he was targeted after paying a fine for driving without a license - a red flag for possible undocumented status.
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NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- President Obama told House Democrats on Friday that his executive power to help immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal status is limited and urged them to keep pressing for legislation to overhaul the immigration system. "Don't take your foot off the pedal," the president said in remarks to a closed-door meeting of his Democratic allies, who were gathered for the party's annual issues retreat on the Eastern Shore. Hopes have substantially dimmed for immigration law changes this year after House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - A former Salvadoran general accused of overseeing the torture and killing of thousands of civilians during a 12-year civil war appealed a U.S. deportation order Thursday on the grounds that his nation's anti-communist campaign was backed and funded by the American government. An attorney for Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was El Salvador's defense minister and leader of the National Guard in the 1980s, repeatedly cited the U.S. support for his country's right-wing government during its war against leftist guerrillas.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Deport Justin Bieber? A petition asking for just that is apparently headed to the White House, having obtained the 100,000 signatures needed within a month. This puppy actually hit the mark within six days. "We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the petition reads. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The petition is clear and to the point: "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card. " And now the petition at WhiteHouse.gov, created six days ago, has passed the 100,000-signature mark required to get an official response from the Obama administration. Wednesday morning at 8, the total was at 102,446 signatures. It reads: " We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Four of five Anaheim City Council members on Tuesday declined to support a resolution calling for an end to deportations and the legal protection of undocumented immigrants without serious criminal histories. “To ask a president to ignore a law, to ignore an oath that he took, I don't think it's good for a mayor to do that,” Mayor Tom Tait said. The resolution proposed by Councilman Jordan Brandman was similar to one adopted in December by the  Los Angeles City Council  and echoed a letter sent that same month to President  Obama  by 29 House Democrats.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The number of immigrants deported from the country decreased this year for the first time since President Obama came into office, reflecting the impact of new policies intended to focus enforcement on immigrants with criminal backgrounds. Both sides in the highly contentious debate over immigration policy seized on the annual figures released Thursday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Advocates for immigrants, who have repeatedly criticized the administration for the high levels of deportations under Obama's tenure, said the approximately 369,000 immigrants deported in the 12 months ending Sept.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The number of immigrants deported from the country decreased this year for the first time since President Obama came into office, according to figures released Thursday. The decline came largely because of changes in administration policy over the last two years, particularly the move to give higher priority to deporting immigrants with criminal records, said immigration officials. Finding and removing criminals in the country without visas takes longer than deportations in non-criminal cases, they noted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution Wednesday calling on President Obama to halt most deportations of immigrants. In a move led by Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents a heavily immigrant district on the city's Northeast side, the council urged Obama to a current program that allows certain undocumented young people to stay in the country legally. Cedillo said Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be expanded to protect "all immigrant families who are not engaged in criminal activity.
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