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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.
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Comprehensive immigration reform is probably dead for yet another year, the victim - once again - of a dysfunctional Congress that can't even reach agreement on the things it agrees on. There is nothing President Obama can do about that, although if therapy were available for political relationships, there'd be a referral waiting to be made. In the meantime, the president still has to administer immigration laws as they exist, and he reportedly is considering dropping his opposition to bond hearings for detained undocumented immigrants.
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.
April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- In a last-ditch effort to bring an immigration overhaul to a vote in Congress, House Democrats on Tuesday began targeting key GOP lawmakers in hopes of pressuring House Speaker John A. Boehner to act. The election-year campaign against 30 House Republicans, who have expressed interest in changing the nation's immigration laws, was framed by Democrats as one last opportunity to engage in a legislative debate before President Obama begins...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 7, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Republican Jeb Bush knew that calling illegal immigration an "act of love" was going to light up the political world even before he made the unorthodox comment, and then he did it anyway. The former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender served up a tough-love message to his party, which has tried but largely failed to soften its often rough tone against immigrants. "We need to get beyond the harsh rhetoric to a better place," he said over the weekend during a 25th anniversary celebration of his father's presidency at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum in Texas.
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.
April 4, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws.  Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held 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 current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.
March 26, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As the minority party, House Democrats have little power to move legislation over Republican objections, but they launched a long-shot effort Wednesday to push House Speaker John A. Boehner to bring an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws to a vote. The maneuver began with a news conference on the steps of the Capitol amid morning snow flurries. It continued as Democrats tried to round up 218 lawmakers' signatures on a discharge petition that would force the vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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