March 23, 2013 |
When David Riker set out to make his film "The Girl," he didn't want to shoot another heart-rending saga about poor, desperate Mexicans hellbent on crossing the border. Instead, he says, he aimed to create a character who could "turn the border upside-down. " So the indie screenwriter-director invented Ashley, a struggling south Texas single mom who decides to boost her meager big-box store clerk's pay by smuggling migrants across the Rio Grande. But when a tragic twist occurs, and a Mexican girl is left motherless, it is Ashley herself who winds up retracing the steps of the immigrant journey, but in reverse, all the way to a cloud-swept Oaxacan mountain village.
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September 15, 1993 |
Immigration reform and welfare reform have become the rallying cries of politicians of all persuasions in their battles to bolster their lagging popularity in the polls. Unfortunately, although estimating the costs and benefits of immigration should be honestly discussed, an emotional furor has overtaken the debate and made rational discussion on immigration impossible.
February 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's public focus will be on gun violence this week, but behind the scenes he and key administration officials plan to keep pushing for immigration reform. As Obama heads to Minneapolis on Monday to talk about the fight against gun violence, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will travel to San Diego and El Paso, Texas, to inspect border security operations at the Southwest border, an aide said Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, she'll meet with state and local officials to talk about how to secure the border without hindering legal travel and trade.
April 16, 2013 |
As a bipartisan group of leaders in Washington prepare to unveil a landmark immigration bill, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to host a forum at USC focused on the matter that features significant players in the debate. Among the speakers scheduled to participate in the April 30 summit are former Mexican President Vicente Fox, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.). [For the record, 8:45 a.m., April 16: A previous version of this post misspelled Mexican President Vicente Fox's last name as Vincente.
July 14, 1996
In Frank del Olmo's analysis of the disparity between Latino and other immigrant groups in education and later success and failure (Commentary, July 8), he neglects to mention the single largest difference between Latinos and other groups: bilingual education. Bilingual education began in the '60s and '70s as a good-hearted effort to engineer a better result for the Latino community, but resulted in an erosion of education in English language skills. Other immigrant groups, notably Asians, were placed in schools and forced to mainstream in English-only curricula.
April 2, 2006 |
Maybe it's the subject matter, but the immigration debate is bringing out the Texan in President Bush. In his approach to immigration, Bush is reprising two distinct elements of his strategy as Texas governor. One of those strategies has improved Bush's odds of signing comprehensive immigration reform. The second has diminished his chances of success.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.
June 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Behind the desk at his office in the Capitol, the Senate's assistant majority leader, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, keeps a framed copy of his mother's naturalization certificate. She was a toddler when she arrived from Lithuania and was 26 when she became a citizen. She had grown old by the time her son asked what had happened to her citizenship papers. "She wasn't in the best of shape then, but she pops up off the couch, and she's gone three minutes - tops - and comes in with this old, beat-up brown envelope, hands it to me," Durbin recalled in an interview this year.
May 22, 2007
Re "Immigrants have families too," Opinion, May 19 Bill Ong Hing's points are well taken, but he seems to have forgotten that immigration to a foreign country is entirely voluntary. Your siblings and adult children are that important to you? Stay with them, don't come here. He states that these family members who do come to the U.S. immediately go to work in jobs in which there will be shortages soon. If that is the case, they should apply for their own visas. Oh yeah, and those small businesses these kinship immigrants open?
March 20, 2010 |
The lone Republican senator inclined to support the Obama administration's bid to pass a major immigration overhaul said Friday that if a healthcare bill passes this weekend, the immigration effort is dead for the year. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is considered a crucial player in the immigration debate -- a Republican prepared to cross party lines and vote for a bill that would provide a path to legal status for the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Graham has spent months working with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.