July 31, 1990 |
In a move expected to have significant impact on Southern California's burgeoning refugee population, the U.S. government has issued major changes in the way asylum is granted to aliens who fear persecution at home and seek haven here. The new guidelines, which take effect Oct. 1 and will cost up to $9 million to implement, come after a decade of legal debate and negotiation and are intended, in part, to answer critics who say asylum has not always been granted even-handedly or efficiently.
January 30, 1990 |
Southern Californians stand to lose hundreds of million of dollars in federal assistance for mass transit and for newly legalized immigrants and refugees under President Bush's $1.23-trillion budget released on Monday. Cutbacks in spending also threaten the closure of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo and promise further delays in modernizing the outmoded air traffic control center in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1999 |
Renee Laub Vlashi has 32 in-laws she's never met, and they're arriving in Los Angeles this morning for an extended visit. She's Jewish; they're Muslim. She speaks English; they speak Albanian. She, her husband, Hajrush, and their 20-month-old daughter, Jeta, live in a pleasant house in West Hills, but it's not that big.
July 16, 1992 |
Whatever Palestinian businessman Jamal Al Sarabi saved from destruction in the war with Iraq, he lost in the peace that followed. Al Sarabi was the co-owner of two home appliance stores in Kuwait that were ransacked by Iraqi soldiers soon after Iraq invaded Kuwait almost two years ago. But it was only after liberation that he discovered how complete his losses were.
September 24, 2000 |
Freed after three days in Mexican custody, Faruz Toma and nearly two dozen fellow Iraqis stepped onto U.S. soil Saturday, visibly relieved to be able to continue their quest for asylum in the United States. "Thank you! Thank you very much!" Toma, 30, exulted on arriving at the San Ysidro border crossing. Trundling a small suitcase and wrestling with two plastic bags crammed with his family's belongings, he summarized his feelings in halting but succinct English. "Very happy," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1989 |
A Los Angeles businessman with close ties to the right-wing Republican Nationalist Alliance party in El Salvador has been named by Los Angeles police as a suspect in a series of "death squad" threats against Salvadoran refugees and Catholic priests in Southern California. The suspect, Carlos Rene Mata, 35, is the owner of Pipil Express, an international overnight delivery firm with more than 80 offices in California, New York, El Salvador and Guatemala.