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April 15, 1985
Tougher immigration laws are favored by 55% of Americans, and 46% believe that illegal immigrants already in this country should be deported, a Media General-Associated Press poll found. And 46% of the poll respondents said political refugees should not be given priority to immigrate over other types of applicants.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws. Immigrants who are in the United States illegally "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. Archdiocese, described the current system as "totally broken," adding that federal laws punished families and children unfairly.
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NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By David G. Savage
The Supreme Court, dealing a setback to the Obama administration, said Monday it will consider reviving Arizona's law that targets illegal immigrants and gives more enforcement power to local police. President Obama's lawyers had urged the court to steer clear of the dispute, but the justices instead agreed to hear Arizona's contention that states have leeway to question and detain illegal aliens. Justice Elena Kagan, formerly Obama's solicitor general, said she would sit out the case.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Under orders by President Obama to enforce immigration laws "more humanely," Homeland Security officials are focusing on at least two major policy changes that would slow the pace of deportations of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. But the White House has tentatively rejected proposals to expand an Obama administration program to allow the parents of young people who were brought to the country illegally to stay. Officials said Friday that the changes under review would effectively stop most deportations of foreigners with no criminal convictions other than immigration violations, and focus enforcement efforts instead mostly at those charged or convicted of felony crimes or who pose more of a threat to public safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A watered-down resolution calling for Congress to "repair" the nation's "historically broken" immigration laws won bipartisan support by the state Senate on Monday. The Senate voted 32 to 0 to support Senate Joint Resolution 8 by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana). The measure originally called for illegal immigrants to have access to "a logical and streamlined path to citizenship," but it was changed to provide that path for "individuals after they gain legal status. " The resolution also originally said: "This reform should also include a way to help families remain together throughout the lengthy bureaucratic process," but that provision was removed.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Monday the Supreme Court rejected most, though not all, of the key provisions of the controversial immigration laws passed two years ago in Arizona. While the split decision left both sides claiming victory, on Tuesday night Stephen Colbert took a more pessimistic view. He claimed the ruling was disastrous “partly because it throws open our country's borders, but mostly because Mitt Romney now has to express an opinion that will upset Hispanic voters” - a dig at the candidate's reputation for evasiveness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1994
Gov. Pete Wilson is suing the federal government regarding illegal immigration, blaming them for not enforcing the immigration laws. I'm an American citizen living in Redondo beach married to an Indonesian living in Indonesia. I'm being put in a situation by the federal government to leave this country in order to be with my wife because of strict immigration laws. With the current immigration laws regarding marriage, it is impossible to obtain a visitor visa for my wife while we are applying for residency.
NATIONAL
October 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
PAYSON, Utah - There's a good chance that the fresh tart cherries Southern Californians find at their grocers originated from Robert McMullin's orchards at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. The third-generation farmer provides 90% of the fresh sour cherries found in Southern California. The hard-to-find fruit is prized by bakers and cooks. McMullin shook his head when he recalled how much fruit went unpicked during this year's July harvest. "We lost $300,000 on that deal because we didn't have enough guys to pick," he said.
OPINION
October 18, 2009
Re "Tougher rules on policing migrants," Oct. 14 I did a double-take after reading the article. Rather than toughening enforcement of immigration laws, Washington is making it tougher for local police to report illegal immigrants so they can be deported. This is what passes for "immigration reform" in the looking-glass world of politicians and their journalistic cheerleaders at The Times. Kenneth Pasternack Santa Barbara :: I am mystified and upset by the new rules implemented by our government making it harder to deport illegal aliens.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Alabama set a new national standard for get-tough immigration policy Thursday with Gov. Robert J. Bentley's signing of a law that surpasses Arizona's SB 1070, with provisions affecting law enforcement, transportation, apartment rentals, employment and education. The new law, combined with legislation passed in May by neighboring Georgia, has arguably made this swath of the Deep South the nation's hottest immigration battleground, with the region's troubled racial history fueling the fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The first day you fast, says Eliseo Medina, your stomach begs you to reconsider. The second day is worse. "Your body starts asking for food," the 68-year-old local activist told me about his fast for immigration reform. "It becomes more difficult and you wonder if it's worth doing this. " But Medina's commitment is an extension of the work he began almost half a century ago, shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez. So there was no letting up last fall, as he made his appeal outside the halls of power in Washington, D.C. When his stomach growled, he drew strength from fellow fasters as they joined hands and prayed.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - House speaker John A. Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks. Boehner made the remarks Wednesday during the first private meeting of House Republicans in the new year. House Republicans have struggled to respond to the Senate's immigration bill that passed in June, which would create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - A federal judge has given opponents of Arizona's sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law access to emails, letters and memos between supporters of SB 1070 and legislators to see whether there are racial overtones in the messages. In December, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix rejected arguments made by two of the law's supporters, who maintained that communications sent to lawmakers who created and supported SB 1070 were confidential. Challengers to SB 1070 called Bolton's ruling a victory because their lawsuit was based partly on allegations that legislators meant to discriminate against Latinos and other people of color.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Her mother had lied to her most of her life, until a few months ago. That's when Carmen Figueroa, a veteran detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, became a foreigner in her own land - or what she thought was her own land. The 42-year-old got her driver's license in California, married in Texas and moved to Arizona, where she worked her way up the law enforcement ranks. Then it unraveled. On Monday, she resigned from her job to avoid being fired; she had suddenly found herself trapped between U.S. immigration policy and the freedom she had known when she thought she was a U.S. citizen.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.  Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water.  Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health. Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, have not eaten for 18 days and are drinking only water. Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with the group for about 30 minutes in a heated tent near the steps of the Capitol to discuss the immigration bill that has stalled in the House.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Earlier this year, as House Republicans began considering changes to the nation's immigration laws after their party's defeat in the presidential election, they were given a list of do's and don'ts that updated GOP thinking on the issue. The suggestions seemed obvious to most but signaled a new tone for the Republican Party. "Don't use the term'anchor baby' or phrases like 'send them all back,'" said the memo from a Republican-aligned advocacy group, the Hispanic Leadership Network.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Kate Linthicum
President Obama told a heckler who interrupted a speech on immigration Monday that he would not circumvent Congress and try to halt deportations by executive order because the U.S. is "a nation of laws. " "Please use your executive order!" shouted the heckler, who was standing behind Obama on stage, close enough to be in the television camera shot, during an event in San Francisco's Chinatown as the president began a two-day visit to California. Urging Obama to give immediate relief to those separated from their families at Thanksgiving, the man yelled, "You have the power to stop deportations!"
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