CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2010 |
California has long been the ultimate melting pot, with the majority of its population coming from outside the state. Dust Bowl emigres, Asian railroad workers, high-tech entrepreneurs, Mexican laborers and war refugees from around the globe flocked to California. The majority migrant population filled the state's myriad labor needs, challenged the schools with a cacophony of new languages and roiled its politics with immigration debates. But, in a dramatic demographic shift, California's narrative as the nation's quintessential immigrant state is giving way to a new reality.
November 11, 2010 |
Laws that discriminate between men and women have been regularly declared unconstitutional since the 1970s, but the Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to permit an exception to that rule. At issue was when children born of mixed marriages abroad can claim U.S. citizenship. Congress has made it easier for unwed American mothers than it is for unwed fathers to pass on their citizenship. The foreign-born baby of an unmarried American mother is a U.S. citizen if the mother lived in the United States for at least one year.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1996
Michael Clough's essay in the March 31 Opinion section, while generally on the mark, disturbed me greatly on one particular point. Clough's first sentence reads, "America's national pastime isn't as 'American' as it used to be." He supports his theory first by examining the current Dodger starting rotation, which is wholly comprised of foreign-born pitchers, then by documenting the history of foreign-born baseball players and, finally, by pointing to signs that this trend is increasing in the '90s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1998
Pat Buchanan, in "GOP's Foreign Labor Stance Is Suicide" (Column Right, Sept. 6), is wrong again, dead wrong. The fact that foreign-born scientists, artists and athletes keep coming to the U.S. is what makes America the greatest country in the world. During the Reagan years, there was no quota for temporary visas and U.S. employers were free to compete for international talent. Among the new influx of students taking computer studies as their majors at MIT, Caltech, Stanford and other top universities, many thousands were born in Asia, Europe, Canada and other countries.
August 1, 1992
In the article about Andre Agassi (July 6), it states, "Agassi (won at) Wimbledon, the first American to do so since John McEnroe in 1984." Have you heard of Martina Navratilova? The remark reeks of sexism and subtly posits that native-born citizens are somehow more authentic than foreign-born naturalized citizens. Perhaps more importantly, it's inaccurate. The truth would read, "the first native-born citizen of the United States to win the mens' singles title since John McEnroe in 1984."