April 18, 2006
In his immigration Q&A with The Times (April 15), L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa states that public opinion on his stance on illegal immigration is about 500 to 1 against, but that he thinks he was "elected to do what's right, not necessarily what's popular." Does he not realize that he was elected to represent his constituents, not his personal ideology? Perhaps Villaraigosa should remember what happened to former Gov. Gray Davis, another California politician with national political aspirations.
June 4, 2000 |
With polls showing him neck and neck with Francisco Labastida, presidential candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, Vicente Fox recently brought his campaign to Mexican communities in the United States. But his rollicking plunge into binational politics was not only reckless but also potentially damaging to future U.S.-Mexico relations.
February 15, 1999 |
From a Maywood storefront on a strip of Slauson Boulevard punctuated with Spanish-language signs for fast-food joints and coin laundries, a group is plotting the next Mexican revolution. Activists there are part of a movement to gain voting rights for millions of Mexicans living in the United States--enough voters to influence Mexico's watershed elections next year. "We can elect the next president of Mexico," said Armando Moreno, a Compton boot salesman and part-time volunteer.
November 23, 1997 |
A year after the Republican-controlled Congress passed the harshest immigration controls in a generation, the same legislative leaders have beaten a hasty retreat, in both policy and political gestures. The lawmakers recently restored welfare benefits to legal immigrants, eased the threat of deportation for various refugees and paved the way for large numbers of illegal immigrants to gain permanent residency.
September 29, 1996 |
A voter registration drive with few parallels in U.S. history is being paid for and organized not by a political party but by the government--a consequence of a massive yearlong naturalization campaign expected to create 1.2 million new citizens in time for the November election. At naturalization ceremonies from Los Angeles to New York, unprecedented numbers of new citizens are signing up to vote moments before taking the oath of loyalty to the United States. With the U.S.
October 5, 1995 |
Mexico's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that American presidential candidates are indulging in demagoguery to capitalize on voter fears of an unstoppable wave of Mexican illegal immigrants. In a breakfast meeting with The Times' Washington Bureau, Ambassador Jesus Silva Herzog decried California Gov. Pete Wilson's aborted presidential campaign for manipulating the immigration issue for political gain.