April 3, 1987 |
In a decision that appears to broaden the kind of "political opinions" for which refugees may seek asylum in the United States, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday blocked the deportation of an El Salvador woman who had fled from months of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a sergeant in the Salvadoran armed forces.
March 23, 1987
More than 900 people marched to MacArthur Park to show support for a proposed federal immigration law to allow up to two years of political asylum for refugees from Central American civil wars. The marchers began at Menlo Avenue and Pico Boulevard and continued for almost two hours before arriving at the park for a rally at the band shell.
March 9, 1987 |
Cesar and Silvia, a young Salvadoran couple, are on the move again. The couple--who, like the vast majority of their countrymen in the United States have been denied political asylum here--have packed their meager belongings into two cardboard boxes and are steeling themselves for the journey to Canada and what Silvia ominously calls "an unknown destiny." But it is preferable, Cesar said, to the danger that awaits him in El Salvador.
April 30, 1986 |
The jury in the sanctuary trial of 11 church workers accused of conspiring to help illegal aliens from Central America enter the country resumed its deliberations Tuesday, and later adjourned after its seventh day without a verdict. The jury, which had recessed Friday, spent 6 1/2 hours more Tuesday deliberating the 30-count indictment against the clerical and lay workers from southern Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.
June 9, 1985
President Reagan's expression of sympathy, in his Williamsburg speech, for the "cult of cheating" among taxpayers is bizarre beyond belief. I don't have any illusions about the Internal Revenue Service being a soft touch under the Reagan Administration; it's the moral basis of Reagan's remarks that offend me. Civil disobedience has a long and honorable tradition in American history. Henry David Thoreau's original stint in jail was for refusing to pay his taxes as a protest against the Mexican War. The call of a higher morality has led otherwise law-abiding citizens to aid runaway slaves, to violate segregation laws, to aid "illegal aliens" from Central America, and even to follow Thoreau's example in resisting today's war taxes at the peril of arousing the wrath of the IRS. I would be the last one to condemn civil disobedience to a higher morality.
January 14, 1985 |
Sixteen people, including a Protestant minister, two Roman Catholic priests and three nuns, were charged in a federal indictment today with conspiring to transport illegal aliens from Central America to obtain sanctuary in the United States. While the indictment was being served on a number of those named in Tucson, U.S. Atty. A. Melvin McDonald announced it in Phoenix.