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May 15, 1986
Your editorial stated, "Howard Ezell, the Western regional commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, has again overstepped the bounds of propriety, . . . to establish an immigration legislation lobby." A very large part of Ezell's responsibilities deal with law enforcement. This includes alien and drug smuggling as well as interdiction of terrorists attempting to enter our country. "Propriety" does not exist at our borders. Propriety was exterminated years ago. Anarchy is the order of the day. Ezell was a very successful business man. He would certainly recognize priorities and focus on efficiency.
July 6, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Members of a Latino rights group say they want Santa Ana council members to declare their city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, a designation that could give more protection to undocumented residents. The discussion about making Santa Ana a sanctuary city demonstrates how Latinos are increasingly concerned about the federal government's increasing crackdown on illegal immigrants.
July 3, 2008 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Gavin Newsom has his work cut out for him: As he positions himself to run for governor, he must persuade Californians that he is more than just the mayor of a famously liberal city, the man who ushered in same-sex marriage. This week, he has another issue, but it might just make his job a lot harder.
January 27, 1991 | MICHAEL KEYS, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has declared the city a sanctuary for anyone who opposes the Persian Gulf War. City money cannot be used to track down or prosecute soldiers who are AWOL. Berkeley and Madison, Wis., have passed similar resolutions. MICHAEL KEYS , president of the San Francisco Police Officers Assn. and an 18-year veteran of the force, commented on this policy:
This is ludicrous. City government should not take a stand that tells people to violate the law. I think this sends a really awful message to those kids in the Persian Gulf, and everywhere else. By offering sanctuary, the city has encouraged protests, but they're not just protests, they're roving gangs. Protesters broke into an Army recruiting office, took all the furniture out and torched it. They torched a CHP car. They closed down our bridges twice.
June 5, 2009 | Anna Gorman
Two years after reaffirming Oakland's status as a "sanctuary city," the City Council voted this week to create identification cards for illegal immigrants. The city's program will be modeled after a similar one in San Francisco, which started giving out cards to illegal immigrants earlier this year. Council members said the cards will give illegal immigrants easier access to city and business services, improve their civic participation and encourage them to report crimes to police.
January 4, 2005
Re "Wishful Thinking" (editorial, Jan. 1): Here are some wishes for the new year that were missing on The Times' wish list for the 2005. (1) The federal government will enforce our immigration and labor laws. (2) Brazen meddling in the internal affairs of the U.S. by Mexico will be met with a sharp rebuke by the U.S. government. (3) California will guarantee the integrity of the democratic process by requiring valid photo identification at the time of registration and voting. (4) Los Angeles will cease to be a sanctuary city for illegal aliens and rescind "Special Order 40."
March 4, 2007 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has announced plans to conduct a "top to bottom" review of the Maywood Police Department, following allegations of sexual misconduct, racism and brutality among officers in the small suburb southeast of Los Angeles. The probe, made public Friday, comes amid residents' growing anger toward the 37-member department. Officers have been accused of beating residents and stalking and sexually abusing women. One woman said an officer groped her 14-year-old daughter.
August 20, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Immigration advocates in Texas were heartened last year when the Republican governor, Rick Perry, flatly stated that Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants "would not be the right direction for Texas. " But in June, Perry convened a special session of the Legislature, hoping to pass a measure outlawing sanctuary cities — places where police are not allowed to ask people they detain about immigration status. The law, which had already failed during the Legislature's regular session, was defeated a second time thanks to an opposition coalition that included immigration activists as well as law enforcement officials, evangelical pastors and Republican business owners, among them one of Perry's biggest fundraisers.
April 6, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus, appearing for the first time with her five challengers in Tuesday's election, defended her record on development and police protection at a debate Wednesday night at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Picus, 58, was first elected to the council in 1977 and is running for reelection representing the 3rd District.
April 11, 2008
Although a recent spate of violent crime has focused much of the city's attention on gangs, there is another source of fearful social upheaval rippling through Los Angeles: immigration raids. Although they certainly do not threaten residents' welfare and security with deadly gunfire, the continual rounding up of illegal immigrants at their places of employment is having serious consequences within and without the Latino community.
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