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May 9, 1999
Your May 4 article on how the Wilson administration ran roughshod over the rights of legal immigrants was excellent. Former Wilson spokesman Sean Walsh tries to defend the program rather than condemn the many excesses of state investigators who terrorized innocent people. We need look no farther than this to understand why the Republicans were decimated in the last election. ALEX MAGDALENO Camarillo
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March 9, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
NEW YORK - Anderson Cadet arrived at the Varick Street courthouse in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists, prepared to fight his deportation without an attorney. In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel. Many immigrants represent themselves. But on this cold February morning, Cadet was greeted by a public defender who took on his case for free. The Haitian immigrant is a client in a yearlong pilot program, believed to be the first of its kind, that provides free legal counsel to low-income people facing deportation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Tighter gun controls, new rights for immigrants and a measure increasing access to abortion are among many hundreds of California laws that take effect with the new year. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature also restricted the controversial oil-drilling technique known as fracking and allowed transgender students to choose which school restrooms to use and sports teams to join, based on their gender identity. California's willingness to address contentious policy issues, many of which have remained suspended in Washington's partisan divide, comes in the state's new era of one-party rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Tighter gun controls, new rights for immigrants and a measure increasing access to abortion are among many hundreds of California laws that take effect with the new year. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature also restricted the controversial oil-drilling technique known as fracking and allowed transgender students to choose which school restrooms to use and sports teams to join, based on their gender identity. California's willingness to address contentious policy issues, many of which have remained suspended in Washington's partisan divide, comes in the state's new era of one-party rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Sam Quinones, Ruben Vives and Patrick McDonnell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
At Olympic Boulevard and Broadway, the starting point of Saturday's May Day rally, the hearts and minds of thousands of immigrant rights demonstrators starting to gather downtown were with their counterparts in Arizona. Arizona lawmakers recently passed legislation that would allow police to check the legal status of people they suspect are illegal migrants. Officials said the law, which takes effect this summer, was needed in part to safeguard against violent Mexican drug cartels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
This year's May Day rally is expected to draw fewer immigrant rights activists to downtown Los Angeles than in past years, but police said they would be prepared for any problems that might occur. Marchers will assemble at 10 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Broadway and Olympic Boulevard and walk north on Broadway toward City Hall, officials said. The march will conclude with a rally on Broadway between First and Temple streets near City Hall. Organizers said the demonstration could draw more than 50,000 people, but permits sought for the march estimate a crowd of about 10,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
This year's legislative battle over immigration seemed to come to a draw when Gov. Jerry Brown signed one key bill but vetoed another. Immigration rights advocates, however, said Monday that the political give-and-take was largely an illusion. They lost. The bill that Brown signed, which lets some young immigrants have driver's licenses, allows nothing beyond what is permitted under a new federal program granting a two-year reprieve from deportation. But the bill that Brown vetoed - the Trust Act - was among the most closely watched pieces of immigration legislation in the country.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Tens of thousands of immigrants from across the Chicago area marched into downtown to show support for immigrant rights. Shouts of "Si se puede" (Yes, it can be done) could be heard as the mostly Latino marchers descended upon the plaza across from the federal courthouse, where they listened to speeches backing pro-immigrant legislation and opposing a Senate measure that would toughen penalties for illegal immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Gorman is a Times staff writer.
As the immigrant rights protesters finished their first week of fasting, longtime activist Dolores Huerta on Tuesday came to Olvera Plaza to show her support. She told the crowd that they were fasting for the future of immigrants and their children, but also for the future of California and the nation. "Let's all join in this spiritual movement, the movement for justice for our immigrants," she said.
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July 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Tens of thousands of people supporting immigrant rights marched through downtown Chicago and rallied at the lakefront. It was the city's third large immigration rally since March. The marchers passed through downtown in waves, some chanting "We are Americans!" and others hoisting U.S. flags and signs with messages such as "Deportation equals broken families" and "We build your American dream."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to serve on juries. The governor's action runs counter to his recent approval of bills expanding the rights of immigrants, including legislation allowing those in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses and practice law. Brown said serving on a jury, however, was a high civic duty that should be exclusive to citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Richard Winton and Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark law Thursday granting driver's licenses to people who are in the country illegally, hailing the measure as an important expansion of immigrant rights and one that should serve as an example to other states. "This is only the first step. When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," Brown said outside Los Angeles City Hall, with Archbishop Jose Gomez and other dignitaries in attendance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - For the first two years of his late-in-life second act as governor, Jerry Brown focused almost exclusively on California's woeful budget situation. Now, with the immediate crisis having passed after a hard-won tax increase, Brown is back trying to change the world, like the Jerry Brown of yesteryear. But instead of looking toward higher office, the three-times-unsuccessful candidate for president is trying to effect that change from the state Capitol. As he works through hundreds of bills on his desk that must be signed or vetoed by Oct. 13, Brown has taken steps aimed at combating global warming, reversing growing income disparity and giving undocumented immigrants a series of new rights.
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August 10, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - When a group of young immigrant rights activists devised a plan last month to stage an unconventional protest at the U.S.-Mexico border to draw attention to the thousands deported under the Obama administration's immigration policy, Lizbeth Mateo was a little afraid that onlookers would react negatively. The protest, after all, could have meant their deportation. Then the letters poured in. Hundreds of them. All positive and addressed to Mateo, 29, and other protesters who, as a result of their daring demonstration, were stopped, handcuffed and taken to an immigration detention facility in south-central Arizona.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Immigrant rights groups are calling on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and other police agencies to stop impounding the cars of unlicensed drivers. A 2011 state law requires police at drunk-driving checkpoints to give unlicensed drivers the chance to call someone with a license to take the car before it is towed. But that law does not apply to routine traffic stops, and activists complain that unlicensed drivers across the county are losing their cars after being pulled over for minor infractions, such as making a wrong turn or driving without a seat belt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Taped to the walls of their high school cafeteria are the stories of how they got here: "I came … to the U.S. by car," one girl wrote in orange marker. "A guy made the officers believe that I was his daughter. " In pink marker, another described a father who had come to Los Angeles in 1992, working until he saved enough money for his wife and child to follow. In a six-week summer program, these students are discussing topics that rarely come up during the school year. Led by instructors who grew up without legal status themselves, the youngsters are studying immigrant rights and learning ways to improve their neighborhoods, their schools and their country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1990
Members of several Los Angeles immigrant rights groups Tuesday called on Congress to resist attempts to water down legislation that would allow an estimated 60% more visas for foreigners to legally live and work in the United States. The spokesmen said the bill by Rep. Bruce A. Morrison (D-Conn.) is a good way to increase the number of visas granted annually from 500,000 to at least 775,000.
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July 30, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a decision that significantly broadens the legal rights of undocumented employees, a state appeals court has ruled that they are protected by California's anti-discrimination laws and can sue employers over sexual harassment and other job abuse. The ruling marks the first time that any California court has affirmatively held that undocumented workers have the same workplace rights as other employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The lurid saga in San Diego continues: Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of vile, unwanted sexual behavior by several women, insists he will not resign. As he wrote in the U-T San Diego on Monday: "Over the last several days, there have been calls for me to resign as mayor. I'm not going to do that, and here is why: As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions. But as a citizen of this country, I also expect - and am entitled to - due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations from real people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
May Day protesters marched down streets across the country Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas. The crowds numbered in the thousands, not the hundreds of thousands who turned out for the historic immigration marches of 2006. But with a major immigration package being debated in Washington, reform advocates wanted their voices heard. "Listen up, Obama: We are in the fight," people chanted in Spanish in Los Angeles and Chicago.
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