CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
Hundreds of Catholics rallied outside Rep. Ed Royce's office in Brea on Tuesday evening to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. “I pray that not only he, but other members of Congress, will have a change of heart and quickly enact comprehensive immigration reform for our country,” Dominic Luong, auxiliary bishop of Orange, told the crowd. The windows to Royce's second-floor offices remained dark as the rally concluded with a prayer for "those who come from other lands" and a chant of "Si se puede.
August 19, 2013 |
Just as the Affordable Care Act was the signature piece of legislation of President Obama's first term, the top achievement of term two is supposed to be immigration reform. And, for a while, with Republicans freaked out by the ground they have lost among Latino voters, such legislation looked unstoppable. But now, not so much. On Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform, but the version of reform they want provides only renewable work permits, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents of the U.S. That is not what Obama and the Democrats have called for, nor what Republican Sens.
August 17, 2013
Jesse Lee Peterson hit all the right (or wrong) buttons: Gays aren't born that way, most African Americans hate whites, and President Obama is the worst thing to happen to this country. In his interview with Patt Morrison published Wednesday, the South L.A. tea party activist also had harsh words for civil rights activists and called the Democratic Party platform "anti-God" and "anti-anything that's good. " To say the reader reaction (about two dozen of you sent letters) was mixed would be an understatement; starkly polarized would be more accurate.
August 12, 2013 |
Imagine a major Christian leader citing Scripture while writing about marriage, abortion, divorce or sexual abstinence in a commentary published by a mainstream newspaper. Imagine him encouraging reforms that "reflect biblical principles," noting that "nations will be judged," that Christian lawmakers should "let personal faith replace political fear. " Imagine him arguing that a specific reform "will honor our American values, our biblical values and our God. " Hard to imagine a mainstream, secular publication featuring such a piece, isn't it?
August 11, 2013
Re "Bible's case for reform," Opinion, Aug. 8 Thanks to Jim Wallis for stating what is obvious about immigration reform to me as a liberal, liturgical and (even so, still) evangelical Christian. In addition to the stranger being made welcome, Matthew counts the many other ways conservative Christians should live their faith and actively affect policies: I was hungry (food stamps, school lunches), I was naked (clothing, shelter), I was sick (healthcare), and I was in prison (prison reform, justice for all)
August 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When television ads aired in South Carolina this spring attacking Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for supporting immigration reform, a GOP group came to his aid. So did the other team. "We came up with the money," said Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America's Voice, a Washington-based group with close ties to the Obama White House. "We were just frustrated that nobody was doing anything, and Graham was under attack. We said, 'Fine, we will put money in.'" Sharry's group, knowing an ad sponsored by a left-leaning advocacy group could hurt Graham, donated $60,000 to Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC started by President George W. Bush's former Commerce secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, and GOP fundraiser Charlie Spies.
August 10, 2013 |
TUCSON - When a group of young immigrant rights activists devised a plan last month to stage an unconventional protest at the U.S.-Mexico border to draw attention to the thousands deported under the Obama administration's immigration policy, Lizbeth Mateo was a little afraid that onlookers would react negatively. The protest, after all, could have meant their deportation. Then the letters poured in. Hundreds of them. All positive and addressed to Mateo, 29, and other protesters who, as a result of their daring demonstration, were stopped, handcuffed and taken to an immigration detention facility in south-central Arizona.
August 8, 2013 |
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. On July 25, 300 evangelical Christians from 27 states had 110 meetings with their mostly Republican representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to let personal faith replace political fear. Republican leaders told us we represented a "new factor" in the debate on immigration, a grass-roots constituency for reform that can influence the political right.
August 7, 2013
Nine young men and women whose parents brought them to the United States as children without proper documentation were arrested last month after staging a bold protest. By traveling to Mexico and then trying to legally reenter the U.S., they hoped to highlight the plight of an estimated 1.7 million young immigrants who also came to the U.S. as children -- and to press for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer them a conditional pathway to citizenship. The nine protesters took a huge risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
At a rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday a coalition of groups seeking to pressure the House of Representatives to act on an immigration overhaul put its message in terms politicians can understand: votes. House Republicans who refuse to take up a Senate bill that would create a path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country unlawfully “will be branded as anti-immigration and anti-Latino for a generation," warned Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.