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February 16, 1992
Loosely using the term "migrants," a recent article ("Foreign Felons Plan Targets Illegal Migrants," Jan. 19) clouded the issue of alien crime. Around North County, migrants is a tag reserved for farm and day laborers who make yearly treks from the interior of Mexico. Blurring distinctions between types of aliens, the article wrongly linked these workers to serious crime. As police well know, but often choose not to acknowledge publicly, except for illegal entry in search of a living wage migrants are largely law-abiding.
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January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is demanding Qatar explain how it is improving the welfare and living conditions for immigrant workers brought to the Gulf kingdom to build venues for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar's harsh treatment of the migrant workers has been condemned by human rights groups and FIFA said Thursday it expects, within the next two weeks, to be sent "information on specific steps" that have been taken to address those concerns....
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WORLD
August 2, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Israel moved Sunday to deport the offspring of hundreds of migrant workers, mostly small children who were born in Israel, speak Hebrew and have never seen their parents' native countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the new policy was intended to stem a flood of illegal immigrants, whose children receive state-funded education and healthcare benefits, and to defend Israel's Jewish identity. "On the one hand, this problem is a humanitarian problem," Netanyahu said during a meeting Sunday of the Cabinet, which had debated the move for nearly a year.
WORLD
October 14, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - One day after rioting youth demanded the eviction of migrant workers from outside Russia, police swept through the vegetable market that was the target of the violence, detaining about 1,200 workers and traders, most of them from the northern Caucasus region, news agencies reported Monday. On Sunday, thousands of young people had taken to the streets in a southern Moscow suburb, overturning cars, breaking windows in street kiosks and attempting to break into the vegetable market run by migrants.
WORLD
December 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Marine police retrieved the bodies of 22 migrant workers from Myanmar found floating off the west coast of Thailand, police said today. Acting on information from fishermen, a police search party found the corpses in the Andaman Sea near Ranong province Saturday. "We do not know why or when the boat or boats sank, but we believe that they must have been overloaded and sank in that area about two days ago," police Lt. Col. Yongyuth Preechachart said in Ranong.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is demanding Qatar explain how it is improving the welfare and living conditions for immigrant workers brought to the Gulf kingdom to build venues for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar's harsh treatment of the migrant workers has been condemned by human rights groups and FIFA said Thursday it expects, within the next two weeks, to be sent "information on specific steps" that have been taken to address those concerns....
WORLD
February 2, 2010 | By Alexandra Sandels and Borzou Daragahi
The woman from the small Ethiopian village of Nazareth was never content to toil in the shadows as a maid or nanny, one of the thousands of poor migrant workers who make their way to Lebanon from Asia or Africa. Over the last decade, Tigist Tadess Woldemariam tried hard to set down roots here, winning the adoration of the family that hired her, becoming a respected member of her church and earning the loyalty of her friends. And it was that love and unflinching trust of friends that compounded the tragedy of her death when her jetliner crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last week on her first trip back to Ethiopia in seven years.
WORLD
July 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A landslide at a construction site in central China buried migrant workers sleeping in a tent, killing 11 of them. Only one worker survived the landslide, the New China News Agency said. The workers were building a pumping station for the Jianshan iron mine, 70 miles outside Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province. An elevated stretch of land near the construction site collapsed, causing the landslide, the report said. It provided no other details.
WORLD
May 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The frantic satellite phone calls come at all hours to an African priest in Rome from refugees fleeing Libya who find themselves stranded on rickety, overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean. They have his Italian cellphone number and address him by name, often in his native Eritrean tongue or in Amharic, the language of neighboring Ethiopia. During the last two months, word has spread among sub-Saharan refugees that if they get stranded at sea, Father Moses Zerai, 36, is the one to call for help.
WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Israel quietly returned 14 Eritrean refugees back to their restive African country and is planning to send home as many as 200 more in the coming days, refugee-rights groups said Monday. Israeli officials declined to comment directly on the 14 cases Monday, but the Interior Ministry said in a statement that all refugees who are repatriated have signed voluntary consent forms and agreed to go home. Activists for the refugees say the practice may not be legal because refugees appear to have been threatened and pressured, according to Reut Michaeli, executive director of the Tel Aviv-based Hotline for Migrant Workers.
WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - In an acceleration of its controversial crackdown on African asylum seekers, Israel has begun sending Eritrean refugees back to their restive homeland, where they face uncertain and potentially perilous futures. The first planeload of 14 Eritreans left Israel over the weekend and the government is expected to repatriate about 200 more in the coming days, according to refugee-rights groups. After receiving a flood of about 60,000 African refugees over the last seven years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the influx a threat to the country's security and Jewish character.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS - After an intense two-day manhunt, Greek police on Friday arrested three strawberry farm foremen suspected of shooting and injuring 28 migrants who were demanding wages they claimed they had not been paid for six months. The violent incident, which shocked Greeks, embarrassed the government and set off an impromptu boycott of fruit products from an agricultural region 160 miles west of the capital, marked the latest -- and most violent -- attack on foreign workers here. It also underscored the stark dangers of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric gaining ground as the nation struggles through the sixth year of a recession that has left more than 1 million unemployed and salaries reduced by as much as 40%. A police statement said the three foremen were arrested near the village of Manolada, where the shooting took place late Wednesday.
WORLD
January 9, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a Sri Lankan woman who was convicted of killing a baby, putting the former domestic worker to death despite her young age at the time of the alleged crime. The Sri Lankan government had pleaded with Saudi officials to spare Rizana Nafeek, who was 17 and had been working in the country just a few weeks when a baby died in her care in 2005. She was among the hundreds of thousands of migrants who flock to Saudi Arabia from countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines, toiling as domestic workers who cook, clean and care for children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
To kick off his summer vacation, Herik Lopez rolled out of bed at 3:30 a.m., dressed in the dark and within an hour was among the workers in an Imperial County field, yanking melons from the dirt. The 16-year-old worked through the morning, taking only a 15-minute break to gobble down the tacos de machaca y huevo - shredded beef and eggs - his mother had made. A few days later, he awoke at 7 a.m. in a dorm room at the University of La Verne. Well-rested and among other teenagers like him, he strolled across the quaint campus to Founder's Hall for his English class.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By Melissa Harris
DECATUR, Ill. — Wearing a black fleece pullover and blue cargo pants, Howard Buffett loaded his jumpy Slovakian-born German shepherd Bolek into his Ford F-250 Super Duty and radioed his crew that he was on his way. "Beans don't do well in the cold and wet, but I'm going to plant anyway," Buffett said before climbing into the cabin of his John Deere tractor. There he pressed the "resume" button and began planting small, red soybean seeds, 180,000 to the acre. He drove hands-free thanks to a sophisticated onboard global positioning system, which alone cost $20,000.
WORLD
April 8, 2012 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
TRIPOLI, Libya - Ahmed Mostafa and his friends paid thousands of dollars among them to get to Libya recently, traveling with gangs of smugglers through Western Africa. It was to be their escape from the sprawling slums of Ghana's capital city, Accra. Mostafa had heard rumors of arbitrary arrests and Libyan lynch mobs during the war last year in which longtime Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi was ousted and killed. But he was counting on luck: "It was not something I really thought about," he said.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Kaiman and John Lee, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. halted the release of its iPhone 4S at retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai on Friday after a riot almost started outside one of its stores in the Chinese capital. An angry mob of people who had waited overnight pelted the store with eggs and assaulted a mall manager after employees refused to open as scheduled. Carolyn Wu, an Apple spokeswoman in Beijing, said the company's five authorized stores in China had sold out of the iPhone 4S and that the Beijing store was prevented from opening because of the large crowd.
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