June 20, 2011 |
President Barack Obama's blink-of-an-eye visit to Puerto Rico, the first by a sitting American president since John F. Kennedy in 1961, put the spotlight on the island for maybe 10 minutes, just about as long as his arrival speech promising economic help to the island and support for whatever course its residents decide on when it comes to whether or not to become the 51st state. Brisk as it was, the president's trip had a triple purpose: one was to appeal to the growing number of Puerto Rican voters in the key presidential state of Florida and the burgeoning nationwide Hispanic population; two was to reaffirm his 2008 campaign promise that he would set up a mechanism for resolving the island's political status during his first term; and three was to raise money for the Democrats and his campaign.
October 25, 1992
We are not immigrants. We are native Americans and we're here to learn and do business in here in this state that once belonged to Mexico. Like all of Ireland once belonged to the Irish and Puerto Rico once belonged to the Puerto Ricans, this land once belonged to us. RICK GRIEGO Commerce
October 6, 1990
If controversy of any kind repels La Habra theatergoers, maybe "West Side Story," the next production, might be a little too much with its Puerto Ricans. I hope the Depot Playhouse board will realize that racism and bigotry are as destructive to community values as illegal drugs, domestic violence or political corruption. ALEX M. INGLES Whittier
February 8, 2013 |
In Washington, politicians are trying to reform America's immigration system, again. Both President Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are proposing "paths to citizenship" for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. Other proposals abound, including finishing the border fence, creating a better E-Verify system for employers and passing the last Congress' Dream Act. All of these ideas, however, fundamentally misunderstand immigration in America: Future immigration is probably going to be governed not by U.S. domestic policy choices but by global demographics.
August 30, 1999 |
Shouting "Freedom for the patriots!", thousands of Puerto Ricans marched in San Juan to demand that President Clinton unconditionally pardon 16 imprisoned activists. The 16 are members of organizations that carried out more than 130 bomb attacks in the United States to demand independence for Puerto Rico. In Washington, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) said Congress may investigate Clinton's offer to commute their sentences with conditions.
August 2, 1987
I enjoyed Roderick Mann's article on the very talented and versatile actor Raul Julia (" 'Spider Woman' Kissed Julia's Career," July 26). There is, however, one inaccuracy that needs to be corrected because it contributes to the already misunderstood status of Puerto Ricans in American society. To say that Julia "arrived in the United States from Puerto Rico" is as incorrect as saying someone arrived in the United States from Washington, D.C. Puerto Rico, like D.C., is not a state with all the rights and privileges accorded a state, but it is part of the United States and has been since the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans are citizens of the U.S. by right of birth, with the same rights and privileges as other Americans.
May 27, 1989
As a Chicana, it is inconceivable to me, after all the discrimination we have suffered, that some Latinos might want to deny a share of the American Dream to newer Hispanic minorities. For Mexican-Americans to gripe about the achievements of Cubans, Central Americans, Puerto Ricans, etc., is an embarrassment. Hard work, unity and a generosity of spirit are commendable; anything else makes us no better than those who discriminate against us. Shame on you, KMEX petition signers.