October 23, 1994 |
FOR PUERTO RICANS, LIFE IN LOS ANGELES CAN be especially lonely. Despite the city's huge Latino population, it is impossible to find a Puerto Rican community organization. There are no Puerto Rican barrios or baseball teams. And as best as can be determined, there are no Puerto Rican restaurants. Conversations in Spanish are filled with slang unfamiliar to "puertorriquenos," also known as "boricuas." Festivals feature mariachis far more often than salsa.
June 6, 1993 |
When 22-year-old Alberto Rivera-Fournier walks into a U.S. bar, he is sometimes asked to produce a visa along with his Puerto Rican driver's license. When a woman called the National Press Club in Washington for a copy of a speech that Puerto Rico's governor had recently given there, she was told: "Call the embassy." When a Puerto Rican woman applied for a fast-food job in nearby Alexandria, Va., she was turned away because she didn't have a green card. Visa? Embassy? Green card?
January 6, 1991 |
A small Caribbean island anxiously awaits action by the 102nd U.S. Congress on whether its people will get to vote on their political future--an exercise in self-determination the United States has supported around the globe. But the broad strokes of a consistent foreign policy can easily get mired in the political expediencies of domestic affairs. Last year, the House of Representatives approved a bill permitting a referendum in Puerto Rico to determine its political status.
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.
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
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.