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August 14, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Lupe Moreno knows the immigrant struggle. She has lived all her life in Santa Ana, a gateway community for Mexican immigrants. Her father helped smuggle them into the country; her former husband sneaked in illegally. Now Moreno is part of the growing movement to stem the flow of illegal immigration. "I want people to know that there are Latinos who are law-abiding," she said. "We need to protect our borders."
December 3, 2004 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
During lunch, there is a line at Montebello High School that students on either side rarely cross. Part gravel, part grass, it runs between a row of bungalows and buildings, lopping off the short end of the L-shaped quad. They call this the border. It separates rock music from ranchero. Cheerleaders from folklorico dancers. English from Spanish. To outsiders, students at Montebello High are mostly the same: 93% Latino, 70% low-income. But the 2,974 Latino students on campus know otherwise.
July 17, 2006
Re "City Vents Anger at Illegal Immigrants," July 14 One Hazleton, Pa., resident's comment, "The only ones who are against it are the Hispanics and that's because it's against them," sounds suspiciously like something that might have been uttered in Nazi Germany -- just change "Hispanics" to "Jews." Notice she says "Hispanics" and not "illegal immigrants." And I am supposed to believe the issue is illegal immigration and not racism? Although I can put my faith in the courts to strike down this legislation upon the first challenge, the fact that something like this can even be passed by a city council in the 21st century fills me with fear and wonder.
December 1, 1988
I'm in agreement with Del Olmo's column. It's known that Hispanics are a growing political force. Why does the GOP want to lose the chance of having this force supporting it? I believe as we grow larger it would be to the GOP's benefit to win the Hispanic vote instead of aggravating it by using unforgivable scare tactics to try to prevent Hispanics from voting. I thought when I decided to vote Republican (the first time in 8 years) I was doing right, but I now know I was wrong.
August 22, 1988
Hooray! After eight years the Republicans have discovered Hispanics. Do they actually believe that a token, four-month, end-of-term appointment will have us flocking to the polls in support of Bush? Give me a break! Where were they eight years ago when such an appointment would have been a valued asset for both Hispanics and Republicans? It is like being invited to dinner after the main course has been eaten, only for dessert. To this "let them eat cake" approach, I say, off with their heads.
October 17, 2005
Re "Morphing Outrage Into Ideas," Column One, Oct. 12 To me nothing is more outrageous than keeping the issue [of disparity in the academic test scores of Asians and Latinos] a "taboo" subject or staying out of the "political minefield." It's the politicians' ulterior game -- to keep the underperforming group as is, under the guise of protection. But it would be totally unfair to the group. If there is a social or economic disparity between racial or ethnic groups, it must be sincerely and candidly dealt with.
December 8, 2002
Re the Supreme Court agreeing to rule on whether colleges may consider students' race in deciding admissions, Dec. 3: The court accepted two cases from the University of Michigan, which gives "bonus points" to black and Hispanic applicants. However, the term "Hispanic" is not based on race but is a classification based on language; Hispanics are from all races. If the court rules that "race" should be a factor in determining college admissions, are white Hispanics not going to be given points because they are white?
June 21, 2008 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
It was meant to be a magazine for "your city" -- Tu Ciudad. But in the end, the glossy lifestyle publication aimed at affluent, assimilated Latinos failed to find a home in the region's turbulent media landscape. After more than three years serving as a guide for the city's best mojitos, taco stands and cultural trendsetters, Tu Ciudad magazine abruptly shut down this week.
Bobbing and weaving, 11-year-old Eddie Leal breathed quickly as he threw punches outside a Westside nightclub Saturday, hoping for a chance to star on the big screen. It seemed a longshot, at best. But Eddie and hundreds of other would-be actors--ranging from children to grown men--had answered a casting call for young Latinos with boxing skills for an upcoming movie, "Price of Glory."
Visit a market in many Latino neighborhoods across the country and you might come across Homies--tiny Chicano figurines wearing baggy clothes, white T-shirts, bandannas and knit caps. The creator of the 1 3/4-inch-tall cartoonish toys, which are sold in gum ball machines, said Homies are caricatures of real people from Mexican American barrios, like the one near San Jose where he grew up. More than 1 million have been sold since they hit the market four months ago, a distributor says.
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