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April 11, 2001
Re "These Kids Merit a Tuition Break," Voices, April 7: The "one reason" that Olga is not counted as a resident of California is a major one: She is not a legal resident of the U.S. The benefits of California taxpayer-subsidized education (and other services) should go to those who lawfully reside in the state. If California opens "resident" status to undocumented immigrants, why not also let high-achieving children in Arizona, Oregon and Nevada--who would love to be Californians--be considered residents for the purposes of attending the UC system.
June 15, 2012 | By Matea Gold and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's announcement Friday that it will suspend the deportation of young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children drew ebullient praise from advocates who have been lobbying for changes to the country's immigration policies. “This is huge,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice Education Fund. “As a result of today's decision, hundreds of thousands of young people who are American in all but paperwork will have the opportunity to live freely, work legally, and contribute to the country they love.” The move by the administration came as some of the young immigrants who have been pushing for a path to citizenship prepared to take part in college graduation ceremonies.
September 2, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
As in years past, immigrant children new to the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will be tested on their proficiency in English in the opening weeks of school. But this year, school officials said, the process should be a lot easier. Last week, the district opened its first language assessment center, designed solely for testing children whose primary language is something other than English.
May 8, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
In a Glendale public school classroom, the immigrant's daughter uses no English as she conjugates verbs and writes sentences about cats. More than a decade after California voters eliminated most bilingual programs, first-grader Sofia Checchi is taught in Italian nearly all day — as she and her 20 classmates at Franklin Elementary School have been since kindergarten. Yet in just a year, Sofia has jumped a grade level in reading English. In the view of her mother — an Italian immigrant — Sofia's achievement validates a growing body of research indicating that learning to read in students' primary languages helps them become more fluent in English.
A five-year study of the educational progress of 2,400 children of immigrants in San Diego has found that they quickly embrace English over their parents' native tongues--contrary to the fears of anti-immigration groups. The study--part of the largest long-range survey of immigrants' children in the United States--also found that these youths had better grades and lower dropout rates than fellow public school students whose parents were born in the United States.
Virginia Gomez wanted to share a story. The 13-year-old eighth-grader and her friends--all American-born Latinas--were walking past three Mexican immigrant sixth-graders after school recently. One of the younger children was sipping from a soda can. Suddenly, one of Virginia's friends bopped the bottom of the can. "Wham! The soda spilled all over the little girl," Virginia recalled. As she and her friends walked away, the immigrant student muttered a Spanish obscenity. " 'What?
December 31, 1997 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
After the success of her documentary "Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary," reported in Life & Style in May, schoolteacher Laura Angelica Simon figured she could have done one of three things: remain an educator, run for local office or make another movie.
August 2, 1987
Thank you, Gov. Deukmejian, for your veto of the bilingual bill. Present bilingual education in California is a $500-million failure. We want effective bilingual education for our immigrant children, not the "make jobs" program. Supporters of your veto are 110,000 members of U.S. English in California, the 5,016,556 voters who said yes to Proposition 63 (making English the official language of California), thousands of parents of our immigrant children and the majority of bilingual teachers in the system.
July 15, 1996
A new Rand Corp. study on how immigrant children perform in U.S. schools and the demands they place on these institutions presents a mixed bag of news, all of it enlightening and grist for educational planners. On the positive side, Rand found that immigrant children have a remarkable drive for education. They enroll in primary and middle schools at the same rate as American-born youngsters, and those who enroll by grade 10 are as likely to graduate as their American-born classmates.
May 25, 1988
The Los Angeles Unified School District's bilingual education program is now in place. It is a disaster. That's the only label that fits the bilingual education program. For our immigrant children and their mostly unknowing parents, teaching English in the child's native language is the only method to be used in the Los Angeles School District. The victory is historic for the bilingual education power lobby. They salivate at the useless jobs the program creates. Our immigrant children are numbers to be tossed around for jobs, not precious persons to educate for their futures.
July 15, 2009
Re "Activists target state aid to immigrants' children," July 13 This article does a reasonably good job of addressing both sides of the cost issue of illegal immigrants. But it omits a very significant item in the net cost/benefit argument regarding illegal immigrants -- remittances. Remittances are a huge drain on the state and federal levels. The amount of money leaving the country is enormous. If this money were kept in the local economy, it would generate sales taxes, jobs and additional income taxes.
July 13, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
In a stretch of desert just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, men and women in khakis and the colors of the American flag recently gathered at a border watch post they call Camp Vigilance and discussed their next offensive in the nation's immigration wars. The target: Illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children who receive public benefits.
June 23, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Today they would learn about drawing, Russian Orthodox saints and God. The 7-year-olds sat straight at their desks, sun pouring through lace curtains and cherry trees blooming in the fields beyond. The teacher set a birch branch before the children and told them it was fragile and unique, just like their souls. "If you think you can't draw properly, who will help you?" she asked. "God will help us," a boy called out. "Yes, God will guide your hand, so be confident, have faith."
November 30, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Manuel Pereda, 57, spent years studying English during the day and working as a dishwasher at night. His wife, Rosa, 54, practiced common phrases and constantly looked up words in an Spanish-English dictionary. The more English the couple learned, they assumed, the better jobs they could get and the more money they could send home to their families in Mexico.
March 7, 2007 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
Children are being illegally detained at a converted Texas prison while they wait for their parents' immigration appeals to be heard, the American Civil Liberties Union charged in lawsuits filed Tuesday. The suits allege that the immigrant children being held at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas, are living in substandard conditions and should be released under supervision to religious groups or charities.
May 7, 2006 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Maria Flores trekked with her four children across mountains into the United States, planning to earn some quick money and go back home to Mexico City. Seven years later, she is still here. Her fifth child, Brandon Rodriguez, was born in the U.S., making him a citizen. So for Flores, the question of whether Congress loosens or strengthens immigration laws, whether it puts undocumented workers on a path to citizenship or deportation, is not so much political as deeply personal.
August 1, 2005 | Ceci Connolly, Washington Post
Regardless of age, legal status or insurance coverage, immigrants, on average, receive about half the healthcare services provided to native-born Americans, according to findings released last week that immediately fueled the debate over tightening immigration policies. Immigrants received an average of $1,139 worth of care, compared with $2,564 for non-immigrants, according to the analysis, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
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