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April 16, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
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.
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NATIONAL
April 2, 2006 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears every Sunday. See current and past Brownstein columns on The Times' website at latimes.com/brownstein.
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.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer appealed to the Supreme Court to revive the state's disputed immigration policing law, seeking a ruling that could free states to take aggressive enforcement action against illegal immigrants. "Arizona bears the brunt of the problems caused by illegal immigration [and] is the gateway to nearly half of the nation's illegal border crossings," said former Solicitor General Paul Clement on behalf of the state. Clement, who served during the George W. Bush administration, urged the justices Wednesday to rebuke the Obama administration for its "extraordinary step" of intervening in court to block the Arizona law, known as SB 1070, from taking effect.
WORLD
May 20, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
First Lady Michelle Obama came face-to-face with the sometimes-uncomfortable repercussions of her husband's immigration enforcement policies Wednesday when a second-grader voiced her worries that her mother might be deported. It happened as Mrs. Obama toured an elementary school in the Washington, D.C., area with Margarita Zavala, the first lady of Mexico, two hours before President Obama renewed his call for comprehensive immigration reform. At one point, Mrs. Obama took questions from a dozen second-grade students who sat in a small circle on the gymnasium floor at the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. "My mom said … Barack Obama is going to take away everybody that doesn't have papers," one girl told the first lady.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas
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.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
It seems that Republicans have long held out hope that Florida might be the state where the GOP could make inroads with Latino voters. However, any effort to woo Latinos was probably dealt a setback this week when Pablo Pantoja, the former GOP director of Latino outreach in Florida, announced he had changed party affiliation. Pantoja explained his decision in a letter that was made public. In the missive, he refers to the “culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today.” He goes on to express concerns about the GOP's reaction to a recent Heritage Foundation report on immigration that was coauthored by Jason Richwine, who has since resigned from the conservative think tank.
OPINION
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?
OPINION
September 4, 2008
The May immigration raid at Agriprocessors Inc.'s Iowa plant, which resulted in the arrest of 389 illegal immigrants, continues to have abundant negative fallout for the company and its workers. Yet, although the raid garnered national headlines, of more significance to workers everywhere is the ongoing struggle of Agriprocessors' New York employees to organize and the company's effort to thwart them. Three years ago, employees at the meat processing company's Brooklyn distribution center voted to unionize, but Agriprocessors would not honor the vote.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A key California Republican is pushing back against House GOP leaders who say there is not enough time before Congress adjourns this year to consider immigration reform. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will make his case to House Republicans behind closed doors Wednesday, trying to build support among lawmakers after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), the No. 3 party leader, said last week the issue would have to wait until next year. "This issue is not dead," Denham said Tuesday.
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