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July 17, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing public testimony about eroding trust in police by immigrants and refugees, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre said Monday that he planned to move forward to clarify a city policy instructing officers not to turn illegal aliens over to immigration authorities, unless they are charged with serious crimes.
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June 20, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time Sanije Ymeri spoke to her older brother from her Hollywood home, all he could say was "I'm hungry sister, so very hungry." Soon after in April, 61-year-old Kemajl Ymeri, his wife, Azize, and their seven children were purged from their home in the Kosovo city of Mitrovica by Serbian police. For 35 anguishing days, the family walked and walked, pushing their father's frail body in a wheelbarrow, his lung cancer worsening every day.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Its purpose was to call the attention of people in Los Angeles to the plight of Salvadorans, but a religious procession of refugees Monday attracted little more than curious stares from passers-by who hardly stopped to hear what was being said. Five weakened hunger strikers led the downtown procession, carrying crosses from Our Lady Queen of Angels Church to the steps of the Federal Building three blocks away.
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May 3, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL and VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When rioters hit the streets, the rich hit the road. Frightened Los Angeles residents flocked to hotels in Orange and Ventura counties, begging for space and snapping up every $200-a-night room in sight, hoteliers said. Long Beach resident Tony Pezze said he drove his wife and 2-year-old daughter to the Dana Point Resort after National Guard troops took up positions about a mile from his house. As he relaxed Saturday in a hotel Jacuzzi, Pezze said he was glad to leave Los Angeles behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1988 | HOWARD BLUME, Times Staff Writer
A death-threat letter targeting three political activists has once again raised the question of whether right-wing death squads from El Salvador are terrorizing Salvadoran refugees in Los Angeles. Both the alleged victims and police say the case frustrates them and those involved on both sides acknowledge the situation has as much to do with politics as solving crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time Sanije Ymeri spoke to her older brother from her Hollywood home, all he could say was "I'm hungry sister, so very hungry." Soon after in April, 61-year-old Kemajl Ymeri, his wife, Azize, and their seven children were purged from their home in the Kosovo city of Mitrovica by Serbian police. For 35 anguishing days, the family walked and walked, pushing their father's frail body in a wheelbarrow, his lung cancer worsening every day.
NEWS
March 19, 1990 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With just the clothes on her back, Siu Ling Li swam to freedom, from Canton across the South China Sea to Hong Kong. Jose Bautista twice risked muggings by Mexican bandits and capture by immigration officers. Chhuan Rong lost his brother to a Khmer Rouge bullet, dodged land mines on his way out of Cambodia, and spent three years in a teeming refugee camp in Thailand. Now all three are Los Angeles residents, their perilous journeys behind them. But their struggles are not over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1989 | DAVID FERRELL and JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the final Christmas of the 1980s draws near, Arturo Hassan waits every hour for telephone facsimiles out of Panama City--frightening, sometimes contradictory reports that starkly dispel the notion of peace on Earth. The faxes are provided to him by a source he feels compelled to keep secret. They reach him several times a day at his office in Pasadena, detailing every turn in the bloody assault by U.S. troops on fugitive Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega and his forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo proposed new restrictions Wednesday on cooperation between the Los Angeles Police Department and federal immigration authorities in the wake of an incident last week in which LAPD officers turned over 27 kidnap victims to the INS. "The department's actions may have worked to destroy the fragile trust that the (refugee community) had developed with the Police Department," Woo said in an interview.
NEWS
May 3, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL and VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When rioters hit the streets, the rich hit the road. Frightened Los Angeles residents flocked to hotels in Orange and Ventura counties, begging for space and snapping up every $200-a-night room in sight, hoteliers said. Long Beach resident Tony Pezze said he drove his wife and 2-year-old daughter to the Dana Point Resort after National Guard troops took up positions about a mile from his house. As he relaxed Saturday in a hotel Jacuzzi, Pezze said he was glad to leave Los Angeles behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL and VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The urban refugees gathered around hotel swimming pools and Jacuzzis in Orange and Ventura counties on Saturday, soaking up sun and wondering whether it was safe for them to return home to Los Angeles. Frightened of the violence ripping their city, they had fled by the dozens to neighboring resort hotels, begging for space and snapping up every $200-a-night room in sight, hoteliers said. Stacey and Fred Cohen of Hanock Park were among those who took flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1990 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A weekend fracas at Los Angeles' oldest church that resulted in the eviction of more than 200 Salvadorans and the torching of a church member's car has invigorated debate over whether the church should serve as a sanctuary for refugees. The Salvadorans were evicted from Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, known as La Placita, Saturday night after two of them assaulted an armed security guard. A car belonging to a church choir member was set afire in the ensuing squabbling.
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October 16, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Father Albert Vazquez, the new pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, says he sometimes lies awake nights wondering, "What am I doing here?" Some of his parishioners wonder the same thing. In the few months since he took control of the historic downtown church, Vazquez has been pulled by those who want the church to remain a haven for immigrants and refugees, as well as a platform for political and legal demands, and those who desire a more conventional religious demeanor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Day in and day out, the neighborhood street gang clustered on the concrete front porch of Juan Alberto Joya's cramped apartment in the Pueblo del Rio housing project south of downtown Los Angeles. For the four months Joya and his family had lived there, they mostly put up with it, hunkered uneasily in their drab, concrete-block unit as the gang members joked and jostled just outside the window, brazenly playing music and selling crack cocaine during the day and far into the night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing public testimony about eroding trust in police by immigrants and refugees, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre said Monday that he planned to move forward to clarify a city policy instructing officers not to turn illegal aliens over to immigration authorities, unless they are charged with serious crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo proposed new restrictions Wednesday on cooperation between the Los Angeles Police Department and federal immigration authorities in the wake of an incident last week in which LAPD officers turned over 27 kidnap victims to the INS. "The department's actions may have worked to destroy the fragile trust that the (refugee community) had developed with the Police Department," Woo said in an interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL and VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The urban refugees gathered around hotel swimming pools and Jacuzzis in Orange and Ventura counties on Saturday, soaking up sun and wondering whether it was safe for them to return home to Los Angeles. Frightened of the violence ripping their city, they had fled by the dozens to neighboring resort hotels, begging for space and snapping up every $200-a-night room in sight, hoteliers said. Stacey and Fred Cohen of Hanock Park were among those who took flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The days of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church as the controversial champion of illegal refugees and immigrants--a role that often set the historic downtown church at odds with its superiors and with law enforcement officials--appear numbered. Pastor Luis Olivares, who led the church as it became the first in the archdiocese to declare itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees five years ago, has been reassigned to an out-of-state parish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The days of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church as the controversial champion of illegal refugees and immigrants--a role that often set the historic downtown church at odds with its superiors and with law enforcement officials--appear numbered. Pastor Luis Olivares, who led the church as it became the first in the archdiocese to declare itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees five years ago, has been reassigned to an out-of-state parish.
NEWS
March 19, 1990 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With just the clothes on her back, Siu Ling Li swam to freedom, from Canton across the South China Sea to Hong Kong. Jose Bautista twice risked muggings by Mexican bandits and capture by immigration officers. Chhuan Rong lost his brother to a Khmer Rouge bullet, dodged land mines on his way out of Cambodia, and spent three years in a teeming refugee camp in Thailand. Now all three are Los Angeles residents, their perilous journeys behind them. But their struggles are not over.
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