CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1986
Howard Ezell, the western regional commisssioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, has again over-stepped the bounds of propriety, this time to encourage establishment of an immigration legislation lobby. His imprint on the new Americans for Border Patrol is evident, its leadership dominated by his friends. Citizens have every right to organize to influence legislation. But it is not for individual administrators in government service to organize their own special booster groups.
April 3, 2006
Your March 31 editorial, "California's enlightened duo," gives too much credit to our two U.S. senators and, by extension, to the Senate itself. In 1986, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which gave amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Congress assured us that the act would solve the illegal immigration problem once and for all. Clearly that was not the case. Although I find much to support in the Senate's current proposals, I can assure you that unless there is a provision that will prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants, we will have only a non-solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1986
Archbishop Roger Mahoney's protest (Letters, May 18) of Supervisor Mike Antonvich's campaign ad calling attention to Southern California's illegal immigration problem is just the latest installment in a long-running series of actions and public statements casting him as the most openly pro-Hispanic Catholic bishop in modern U.S. history. There certainly is nothing inappropriate in the archbishop giving attention to the largest ethnic group in his territory, but over the years, in Fresno and Stockton as well as in Los Angeles, he has allowed his obsession with Hispanic relations to blind him to the existence of very serious problems that uncontrolled illegal immigration is creating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1989 |
Harold W. Ezell, the top federal immigration official in the West, said Thursday that he would like to remain in his current post at least until November, 1990, and may seek elective office after that. Ezell, the western regional commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said: "I've expressed interest in finishing Phase Two of the amnesty program, which concludes in November, 1990. . . . If I get the opportunity--great. If not it's been a good experience."
May 21, 2006
Re "Senate Toughens Border Stand, Approves Miles of New Fence," May 18 "Good fences make good neighbors; fences don't make bad neighbors," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Wow, I didn't realize the Berlin Wall was really a Soviet attempt at being a good neighbor. Fences fail; they always do. Name a single wall or fence that wasn't breached or circumvented. Dozens of tunnels have already been found under the current U.S. border fences. Fences are a waste of time and resources. SEAN HAND Los Angeles It is marginally gratifying to observe our state and national leadership talking individually about the immigration problem, even if they obviously do not agree on all elements of the plan moving forward.
June 15, 2003
Re "Immigrants Fear Sweep by Border Patrol," June 6: Gee, I thought I lived in the United States of America, not "Alta California." Now we have the Mexican Consulate organizing a protest in San Juan Capistrano against our Border Patrol enforcing the immigration laws of our country. Of course The Times refers to the protesters as just "immigrants," leaving out the annoying adjective "illegal." What's next? Traffic scofflaws protesting the enforcement of the highway penal code? Criminals organizing to protest the enforcement of drug laws and felonies such as assault, burglary, robbery, rape and murder?