October 1, 2011 |
Here's a Hollywood pitch for you: Leading U.S. neurosurgeon started life as a struggling Mexican boy who made it from illegal-immigrant California farmworker to Harvard Med. Not buying it? You should. Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa was that kid and is that man -- associate prof, surgeon and head of the brain tumor stem cell lab at Johns Hopkins. His work puts him, passionately, on the cutting-edge of brain cancer research, and his life wedges him, reluctantly, into the immigration quarrel.
May 21, 2011 |
California's policy of granting lower, in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants who graduate from its high schools is facing a challenge in U.S. Supreme Court from those who say it violates federal immigration law. At issue is a little-known provision in a 1996 law that bars states from giving "any postsecondary benefit" to an "alien who is not lawfully present in the United States … on the basis of residence within a state. " Last year, in the first ruling of its kind, the California Supreme Court upheld the state's policy and said it did not conflict with federal law. The justices in Washington may announce as soon as Monday whether they will hear the challenge or dismiss it. They may turn it away because there is no dispute among the lower courts.
April 19, 2011 |
Alejandra Tapia expected to go to prison as punishment for her crimes. But she didn't expect to be there longer so she could undergo drug rehabilitation. The U.S. Supreme Court took up her case Monday to decide whether federal judges can sentence prisoners to more time behind bars if it's deemed to be for their own good. The outcome could have a broad effect because more than 80,000 convicted criminals are sentenced each year, and the lower federal courts are split over whether judges can consider "rehabilitation" when setting a prison term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2011 |
I've been getting a lot of mail lately telling me what a world-class moron I am. Fixing California's budget mess is simple, the argument goes, and only a dope like me would have trouble seeing the obvious. Eliminate sloth and waste. End public employee pensions. Deport illegals. Problem solved; hoooray for California! As someone who has spent more than 30 years writing about sloth and waste, I can guarantee you there's still more of both out there. But not $26-billion worth, which is what's needed to close the gap for the next fiscal year.
July 30, 2010
Beautiful music Re " 'Hello, Nathaniel': Obama welcomes Mr. Ayers to D.C.," Column, July 28 Your article covering Nathaniel Ayers' visit to Washington for the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act brought tears to my eyes. Having been a teacher for many years of young people with disabilities, both physical and mental — and also a musician — I have followed yours and Ayers' saga from the beginning. This latest development — Ayers performs for President Obama!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2009 |
Immigration agents arrested nearly 300 foreign nationals with criminal records during a three-day sweep in California, officials announced Friday. The operation was the largest of its kind and resulted in the arrests of illegal immigrants convicted of robbery, assault and rape, said John Morton, head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The sweep ended Thursday night. Officials said 96 of the 286 arrests took place in Los Angeles County. Among those arrested in the county were a suspected gang member from El Salvador who had a 2004 robbery conviction and a Guatemalan man with a 1993 conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14. "These are not people we want walking our streets," Morton said.