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April 20, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
Sharp divisions are emerging among organizers of the pro-immigrant rallies that brought hundreds of thousands of marchers into the streets across the nation, with two leading coalitions calling for starkly different approaches to the next major action scheduled for May 1.
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WORLD
April 16, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
The prickly plants started in Catalina Sanchez's garden and now stretch across her neighbors' fields as far as the eye can see. They pop up on acre after acre as word gets around: This village of dirt floors and outdoor toilets expects to get rich exporting cactus. The seed money comes from men who couldn't make a living here and left for California, the idea from one of the women they left behind.
OPINION
April 16, 2006 | Ivan Light, IVAN LIGHT, a sociology professor at UCLA, is the author of "Deflecting Immigration: Networks, Markets, and Regulation in Los Angeles."
CONVENTIONAL wisdom holds that cities and metropolitan areas are powerless to deter immigrants from moving in. Evidence suggests otherwise. Between 1980 and 2000, the Los Angeles metropolitan area deflected nearly 1 million Mexican immigrants, legal and illegal, to other U.S. cities. During that 20-year interval, the immigrant population in the United States increased from 14 million to 31 million, but the percentage of those immigrants living in the city of Los Angeles declined from 6.8% to 4.
OPINION
March 26, 2006
THERE ARE TWO SCHOOLS of thought in Washington on immigration reform. The negative one bemoans the fact that, after George Bush pushed the issue early on in his presidency, populist scare-politics have hijacked the effort, as evidenced by the absurd bill passed in the House of Representatives in December.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2005 | Bill Sing, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles' prosperity depends on how well it integrates its low-skilled immigrant workforce into its knowledge-based industries, according to a report to be released today. The city also must do more to attract and sustain small and medium-sized businesses, in part through improved access to affordable capital. Those are among the key findings of a yearlong, city-funded study on the Los Angeles economy by Santa Monica-based Milken Institute. Former Mayor James K.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2005 | Warren Vieth and Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writers
President Bush promised Monday to step up efforts to close the border to illegal immigrants, but he insisted that the crackdown be accompanied by a guest worker program open to the millions of people who are already in the country illegally. "The American people should not have to choose between a welcoming society and a lawful society," Bush told border security personnel in Arizona who have been on the front lines of the immigration battle. "We can have both at the same time."
OPINION
September 25, 2005 | Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez is a contributing editor to The Times and Irvine Senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
NO MATTER WHAT ALL the politicians and activists want, African Americans and impoverished white Cajuns will not be first in line to rebuild the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast and New Orleans. Latino immigrants, many of them undocumented, will. And when they're done, they're going to stay, making New Orleans look like Los Angeles. It's the federal government that will have made the transformation possible, further exposing the hollowness of the immigration debate.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2005 | From Newsday
Township officials in Brookhaven, N.Y., caught in an ongoing battle against extreme overcrowding of single-family houses -- apparently used as dormitories for immigrant laborers -- ordered the closing of three residences they said held as many as 90 tenants. Dozens of residents of the Long Island houses -- two in Farmingville and one in Ronkonkoma -- were homeless Saturday after the closures.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sixty illegal immigrants employed as contract workers at industrial plants -- including refineries, power plants and an air cargo facility -- were arrested as possible threats to national security, officials said Friday. The immigrants "had access to sensitive critical infrastructure locations and therefore pose a serious homeland security threat," said Michael J. Garcia, assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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