February 20, 2005
I read your article "When It's Time to Pay, Choose Plastic Over Paper" [Jan. 23]. I left the next day for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and on your advice, I didn't take traveler's checks and left much of my American money at home. It really made my vacation difficult. The stores did not want my credit cards, and the ATMs were always saying, "We cannot contact your bank," thus no pesos. Travelers need to know that what works in Europe will not work in Mexico and Central America. They want American dollars.
October 6, 2003
Re "A Smart Farm-Worker Bill," Oct. 1: There is no proven need for a foreign guest-worker program, especially in agriculture. In many farm areas, including the Central Valley of California, unemployment rates above 15% and even 20% occur in some communities. The late Cesar Chavez was ambivalent about guest-worker plans, seeing them as a way for growers to hold back wages and unions. The late Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-Texas) and her U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform were against guest-worker plans, viewing them as a veiled amnesty for illegal migrants.
May 27, 2003 |
Around a horseshoe-shaped table, two dozen Tennessee cops follow their instructor's lead, trying to turn their twangs into trills. "Manos arriba!" the teacher prompts. "Manos arriba!" the officers answer, one at a time. "Manos arriba!" Their accents are clunky and rolled Rs come out sounding more like growls. But the officers gathered in this classroom in Tennessee farm country can hardly be blamed for less-than-nimble tongues. For most, it is only their second day of speaking Spanish.
January 9, 2003
In "Lives Founder on Green Card Fraud" (Jan. 6), The Times reported that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is tracking down 275 green card holders from Korea who were victims of a green card scam for deportation hearings. These residents -- some of whom have been here for as long as 16 years -- include scientists, doctors, ministers, software engineers and business owners. I find this action by the INS to be reprehensible. Why doesn't the INS show the same vigor in tracking down the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America who knowingly came here illegally?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2000
Re "Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform," Nov. 17: As a Catholic I am obliged to follow the directions of Cardinal Roger Mahony and his fellow bishops, but it disturbs me to think that the American people are pointed out as the villains in the immigration morass. It is the corporations that are at fault here. They control the decisions of Mexico and the other Third World countries of our continent to curtail the lifestyles and economic situations of the people so that they remain dirt poor and are forced to come here, work for low wages and compete with Americans for jobs.
September 1, 1996
Scott Collins' article "Playing the Name Game" (Aug. 18) sheds unflattering light on some aspects of TV news. It is interesting that, with the increase in hate crimes, racial incidents and even race-related lawsuits, the Anglo mainstream would choose to and be directed to embrace Hispanic surnames "to gain an unfair advantage" in the marketplace. Boy, that's a switch! These are the same people who are doing reports on how undocumented aliens from Mexico and Central America are contributing to the decline in quality of our American way of life.