November 16, 2006
In the Nov. 12 editorial about making naturalized citizens eligible for the presidency, you repeat the tired cliche that we're a "nation of immigrants." Nope. I was born in Chicago and have no other country to return to. The same is true for almost all of the people around me in Montana, and it was true for the large majority around me when I lived in Redondo Beach. As a grandson of immigrants, I recognize that the United States draws newcomers because our founders established a civil society wherein ordinary citizens can lead rewarding lives, not because legions of prior immigrants left unpromising situations to come here.
March 1, 2004
Regarding the constitutional ban on a foreign-born president: The essential problem that is being overlooked in this debate is the fundamental difference between a "natural-born citizen" and a "naturalized citizen." The right of citizenship can be revoked if that naturalized citizen lied during the process of becoming a citizen (e.g., Nazi prison guards). Whereas natural-born citizenship is irrevocable. What would happen should we amend the Constitution and a naturalized citizen became president (even assuming he or she lived a blameless life for 20 years)
August 22, 2007 |
The proportion of foreign-born Latinos at the lowest end of the wage scale fell by 6 percentage points over the decade ending in 2005, the Pew Hispanic Center reported Tuesday. In 2005, foreign-born Latino workers accounted for 36% of workers earning less than $8.50 an hour compared with 42% in 1995, according to the center's analysis of U.S. Census data. In the same period, the portion of foreign-born Latinos earning from $8.50 an hour to $16.20 in 2005 grew by about 5 percentage points.
August 29, 1995 |
U.S. residents who were born in another country made up 8.7% of the population last year, the highest proportion of immigrants since World War II, a new Census Bureau study shows. That means 22.6 million people, nearly one in 11 people in the United States, are foreign-born, and one-third of them live in California, according to the study released Monday. One-fifth of the immigrants, or 4.5 million people, arrived here in the last five years. The 8.
August 25, 1988
Los Angeles City College will refine its English-language programs this fall and establish an orientation center for foreign-born students with a $2.5-million federal Department of Education grant awarded to the college this month. The grant also provides funding for the Los Feliz-area community college to purchase a mainframe computer to make records of its 15,000 students available to faculty throughout the campus. Five staff members to operate the computer will be hired using grant funds.
December 7, 1990 |
The Department of Labor on Thursday issued regulations that make it more cumbersome for health-care facilities to hire foreign-born nurses. The regulations require hospitals to file documents with the government declaring that they would suffer "substantial difficulties" without the services of foreign nurses. The rules are intended to pressure the medical industry into finding ways to recruit and train more U.S.-born nurses to solve a national nursing shortage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1995 |
As daunting an issue as domestic violence can be, it becomes far more complex for women of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures living in America, said the president of a coalition that has organized a workshop on the problem. "It's really double jeopardy we are facing here," said Kausar Ahmad, president of the Coalition of Women from Asia and the Middle East.
August 22, 1991 |
"I get the sense that for my foreign patients not yet in the mainstream, I bridge the gap to that mainstream," says San Fernando family practitioner Mary Oda, 71, who was born in the United States to Japanese immigrant parents. "I speak Japanese with my Japanese patients and I have learned Spanish for my Hispanic patients because I can remember my own mother was thrilled to pieces when someone would make the effort to speak a few words of Japanese with her.
September 21, 1997 |
No one told catcher Mike Piazza that along with a strong arm he needed many tongues to anchor baseball's most international pitching staff. Despite having to make himself understood to a group that speaks Spanish, Japanese, Korean and sometimes halting English, Piazza says one kind of communication always comes across. "I yell at them all the same. They yell at me all the same," he said.