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July 4, 1997
1776: Declaration of Independence assails King George III for preventing colonies from naturalizing new settlers. 1790: Naturalization reserved for "free white person[s]" with at last two years residence. 1802: Jeffersonian Republicans repeal 14-year residency mandate breifly imposed by rival Federalists. 1848: Treaty ending U.S.-Mexico War guarantees citizenship to Mexican subjects in new territories, including California.
April 27, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Arlette Lozano came to this country 18 years ago from Mexico at age 8 when her mother sent her and her 3-year-old brother across the border with the help of a coyote - someone paid to smuggle people across the border. There wasn't enough money for their mother to travel with them, so the children came alone to meet an aunt living in East Los Angeles. "It was very scary," Lozano recalls. "I remember my mom telling me not to fall asleep because they can kidnap us. " Lozano, now a 26-year-old student at UCLA with a double major in global studies and anthropology, grew up in Fullerton with her brother and mother, who eventually made her way to the U.S. Despite distant memories of the dangerous trek she and her brother took years ago, she says she knows no other life than the one she's lived here in America.
Alberto Limon Padilla started with a shabby clapboard store in a working-class neighborhood. He went on to build Tijuana's first shopping mall and today presides over a business empire. Aurora Pelayo came to Tijuana a penniless single mother to work in a factory. Today she is secretary-general of the Baja California Democratic Revolutionary Party. Justina and Rafael Brambila opened a street-side taco stand, La Especial, on Avenida Revolucion when they came from Jalisco in 1948.
April 25, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you - or even if you just want a break - there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex. Which isn't to say that even these movies don't have some of the same features as their louder, bigger cousins. There's the end credits stinger of "Calvary," which instead of teasing a sequel hauntingly shows the locations from the movie without people, or the microbudget action sequence of "Happy Christmas," when a frozen pizza forgotten in the oven sets off smoke alarms and panic.
May 7, 2000
We are indeed a nation of immigrants, not Americans, just immigrants. DON R. BEAVER Monarch Beach
August 12, 1997
Nancy Cleeland's recent articles on the villagers from Granjenal make a compelling case for the reinstitution of an equitable immigrant-quota policy. While the applications of millions of responsible, self-sufficient foreigners eager to embrace our American way of life are denied or delayed, self-serving U.S. politicians welcome 3,000 destitute, unskilled and uneducated immigrants from a single rural village. Those with vested interests--to whom these immigrants mean government-dependent future voters and more "clients" for tax-supported programs--make dire predictions that California's economy would collapse if the influx of Latinos were curtailed.
March 27, 2013
Re "Who belongs in detention?," Editorial, March 24 The editorial asserts, "No one disputes that immigrants who commit violent crimes should be detained. " In fact, growing numbers of advocates do dispute this. When citizens are convicted of crimes, they serve their sentences and rejoin society. When immigrants - even legal permanent residents - commit crimes, they serve their sentences and are often then subjected to the double punishment of deportation and detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
April 25, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The push-pull of immigration reform is intensifying as Congress prepares to return to work for one of the last few legislative sessions before the midterm elections. The window for Congress to approve an immigration overhaul is closing, but House Speaker John A. Boehner continues to suggest that action is still possible -- even as he mocked his colleagues who find the hot-button issue too difficult. "Here's the attitude: Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner said, mimicking a whining tone, at an Ohio luncheon, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
April 24, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
SEOUL -- President Obama plans to honor those who died in the Korean War with a surprising message for a foreign audience: a pitch for immigration reform back home. At a naturalization ceremony Friday for 13 U.S. service members and seven military spouses stationed in South Korea, he will offer a tribute to the contributions that naturalized American citizens have made through military service, according to an official familiar with the event. The ceremony offers a rare setting for a recurrent Obama message: that the U.S. will benefit if immigrants who already make the sacrifices of citizenship can enjoy the rights and privileges that go along with it. The remarks, coming in the middle of an eight-day tour of Asia, will also be the opening message to a South Korean audience worried about national security and looking for reassurance from their ally.
April 24, 2014 | By Ted Rall
After 9/11, they said , irony was dead. Someone should tell the immigration bureaucrats. A lawsuit filed by the ACLU and an immigrants advocacy organization cites government data that show the average wait time for a "reasonable fear determination" is 111 days. (For the chronometrically challenged, that's nearly four months.) America may be the land of the free and home of the brave, and Lady Liberty may welcome the tired, poor, huddled masses. But if you're exactly the type of immigrant who most needs to get in - a person fleeing a tyrannical homeland where government goons want to torture you, kill you, or torture you and then kill you - the U.S. government doesn't welcome you with open arms.
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Comprehensive immigration reform is probably dead for yet another year, the victim - once again - of a dysfunctional Congress that can't even reach agreement on the things it agrees on. There is nothing President Obama can do about that, although if therapy were available for political relationships, there'd be a referral waiting to be made. In the meantime, the president still has to administer immigration laws as they exist, and he reportedly is considering dropping his opposition to bond hearings for detained undocumented immigrants.
April 22, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Two of Los Angeles' many Asian American banks ranked near the top of analysts' national lists of bank stocks that investors should buy, a signal of economic strength in local immigrant communities. Financial information provider SNL Financial ranked BBCN Bancorp second of all bank stocks nationally, with six of seven analysts, or 87%, rating Koreatown's largest bank a "buy" or "outperform. " Only the parent of South Carolina Bank and Trust had a more positive endorsement from analysts.
April 17, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit, which was brought by two California chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center, claims the government violated the law and needlessly spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on detention.
April 16, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. Several thousand immigrants could be released from jails across the country if judges are allowed to hear their cases and grant bond, advocates say. The proposal is one of several being floated as the White House scrambles to ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks.
April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- In a last-ditch effort to bring an immigration overhaul to a vote in Congress, House Democrats on Tuesday began targeting key GOP lawmakers in hopes of pressuring House Speaker John A. Boehner to act. The election-year campaign against 30 House Republicans, who have expressed interest in changing the nation's immigration laws, was framed by Democrats as one last opportunity to engage in a legislative debate before President Obama begins...
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