CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2011 |
Some bright lights in Washington have come up with another solution to the problem of illegal immigration. This one won't ever become law, because it involves tinkering with the Constitution, and specifically with the 14th Amendment, which declares that everyone born in the U.S. is a citizen. The 14th Amendment was written to overturn an 1857 Supreme Court decision that found U.S.-born people of African descent were not entitled to citizenship. And it's responsible for the citizenship of this columnist, the L.A.-born son of Guatemalan immigrants.
September 22, 2010 |
As an attorney and supporter of immigrant rights, I tried to read with an open mind Charlotte Allen's Sept. 20 Times Op-Ed article, "A birthright that shouldn't be. " Allen argued against the 14th Amendment's provision of birthright citizenship, warned of the costs associated with U.S.-born children of undocumented workers and castigated the Obama administration for failing to secure our borders. The most meaningful part of her essay was what she did not say. Out of more than 1,000 words, she devoted exactly two sentences to offering a solution to our immigration problems.
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.
April 11, 2006
Re "Immigration Recrimination," April 9 The gulf between Democrats and Republicans, and between the House and the Senate, on the immigration bill cannot be bridged without presidential leadership. It is a tragedy for the country that President Bush has his heart in the right place on this issue but is not likely to be effective because his political muscle is wasted. But he has a chance to restore some lost respect and his reputation in history if he makes a valiant effort to lead on this vital issue.
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.
January 20, 2006 |
Khalo Matabane, a filmmaker, talks of what he calls "a funny incident" of his own making at a restaurant in the well-to-do, mostly white Johannesburg neighborhood of Parkhurst. On his way to the restroom, he crossed paths with a white woman he didn't know. They made eye contact and, he says, he blurted: "I know I am everything you despise -- drug dealer, rapist, serial killer. But I've changed. The only thing I do now is sell drugs."