November 25, 2013 |
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!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 |
California voters are generally welcoming toward immigrants who are in the country illegally, but a wide gap exists between whites and Latinos on some new laws hailed by Gov. Jerry Brown when he signed them last month, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The groups differ most on allowing immigrants without legal status to obtain driver's licenses and practice law. Nearly 69% of Latino voters but only 44% of whites support the new driving privilege law. The split was sharper on whether those who are in the country illegally should be allowed to become attorneys, with 65% of Latino voters in favor but only 26% of whites.
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October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday became the second California Republican to join Democrats on a broad immigration bill, increasing pressure on GOP leadership to schedule a vote on a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. "Immigration reform in the House cannot wait," the freshman lawmaker said in a statement. Valadao, of Hanford, follows Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock, another Central Valley Republican with a heavily Latino district that relies on immigrants to pick crops, in signing on to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The measure is similar to a Senate bill passed in June.
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October 15, 2013 |
Sarait Escorza is getting a taste of what being an immigration lawyer is like. For the last few months, she has helped advise young immigrants like herself, who crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas. The hardest part, she said, is telling some clients that there is no immediate solution. Escorza is one of nine legal trainees at Educators for Fair Consideration in San Francisco. Most grew up without legal status and plan to become attorneys, a goal that became less quixotic this month when California became the first state to allow immigrants who are in the country illegally to practice law. The training program began in 2009 on the theory that the aspiring attorneys would benefit from being exposed to immigration law even if they ultimately could not be admitted to the bar. "Their whole lives, being undocumented they faced a lot of obstacles, and none was able to stop them," said Jazmin Segura, Educators for Fair Consideration's communications director.
October 12, 2013 |
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 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 20 years ago, when California was reeling from recession and aboil over immigration, voters passed Proposition 187, a punitive measure that sought to deny public services such as education and healthcare to those living in the state illegally. It was the electoral equivalent of a shout from the rooftops: nearly 8 in 10 of those who voted in favor said they wanted to send a protest message and half said they wanted to force Washington to respond to the problem of illegal immigration and its burden on the state.