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November 20, 2004
In reading the Nov. 15 letter, "In Search of Ways to Improve Our Schools," I was enraged. Being a son of an immigrant and currently attending Bravo Medical Magnet High School, it angers me to know that people think of me as a nuisance and problem to our schools. My father came to the U.S. as a Mexican immigrant, searching for a better future. He worked as a bracero in the fields of Texas. He especially worked for our education, which he hoped would allow us to have a better life.
June 15, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- As President Obama spoke in the Rose Garden on Friday, a jubilant tableau played out in front in the White House gates as a few hundred young people -- several of them who said they were facing the prospect of deportation -- celebrated his decision to give immunity to young illegal immigrants. Cheers and chants of “S i, se puede !” (“Yes, we can!) blared across Pennsylvania Avenue. "I thank God," Jorge Steven Acuña, a 19-year-old from Germantown, Md., told the crowd.
June 6, 1996
Re "The Culture Clash in South-Central L.A.," Commentary, May 29: As a Mexican immigrant from a large family, I can only imagine what Terry Anderson would think if my noisy clan moved into his formerly all-black neighborhood in South-Central Los Angeles. Having spent most of my life in poor to lower-middle-class Latino-dominant neighborhoods, I have never panicked when African Americans moved near, as they did when I lived near downtown or as they are doing now in my current neighborhood in Highland Park.
August 13, 1987 | JANE HULSE, Times Staff Writer
A 32-year-old Mexican immigrant said Wednesday that a Sherman Oaks fortuneteller convinced him he would die of cancer within three days if he didn't give her $27,000 to rid him of an evil curse. Juan Gonzalez testified in Van Nuys Municipal Court that he gave the money to Laura Johns, 28, professionally known as Sheena, expecting to get it back once the spell was lifted. However, she refused to return it, he said.
January 27, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California in the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents. Said Jaziri, the former imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden in a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego on Jan. 11. Jaziri had allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a "safe place anywhere in the U.S. " The arrest marks the unexpected resurfacing of the 43-year-old cleric, whose protracted legal battle to avoid deportation drew headlines in Canada.
November 3, 1986 | URSULA VILS, Times Staff Writer
Celia Gonzales Torres, grand-daughter of a Mexican immigrant, has "made it." She is among the 1.2% of Latinas who have prospered and excelled and who hold high-level positions in business, education, government, the community. She is a founder and chair of the National Network of Hispanic Women, an elite group of Latina leaders from around the country. Recently honored as the 1986 Mount St.
March 26, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
In Echo Park on Tuesday morning, Sean Stentz was among those expressing support for gay marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on California's Proposition 8. Marriage is a fundamental individual right that should be available to everyone, Stentz said. “The rights and benefits that come with marriage are nice, but I mean, I don't know anybody that says, 'Oh, it sucks that we can't get married because I have this great severance package,'” said Stentz, 34, a record store owner.
October 30, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
A Salvadoran flag wrapped around his neck to block out the sun, Geremias Romero hunches low to the ground alongside the other laborers, following the tractor along rows of cantaloupes. He reaches into the leafy green rows of fruit, touches a melon to gauge its ripeness, and then tosses it into a cart, where another laborer boxes it. Walk, pick, toss. The pattern goes on all morning. Harvesting cantaloupes for $8.25 an hour isn't the job that Romero, 28, dreamed of as a child.
May 6, 2000 | AGUSTIN GURZA
She is already seated at a table Wednesday afternoon when I enter a small front office at Latino Health Access. With her are two volunteers from the Santa Ana nonprofit that has just completed a study of middle-aged Latinas as they approach retirement. Her name is Beatriz Murphy, a Mexican immigrant from Sonora whose surname hints at Irish roots buried along with her father when she was 3. She's now 55, the mother of three grown children she raised mostly on her own.
April 27, 2008 | Wilson Ring, Associated Press
A simple wrong turn led to the destruction of Elvia Salgado Martinez' family. It was about 2 a.m. when she and her husband, Santiago Tapia, left the motel on Route 9 in Keeseville, nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, to look for a hospital. The 24-year-old Mexican immigrant was 5 1/2 months pregnant and the pains had been getting worse for a day. She started to bleed. But rather than heading north for the hospital in Plattsburgh, Tapia got on the interstate headed south, toward Albany.
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