July 31, 2008
Re " 'Sanctuary city' no haven for a family and its grief," July 26 While I'm saddened by the June 22 murder of the Bologna family in San Francisco, allegedly by an illegal immigrant, I am also baffled why it took The Times so long to mention it. Was it because "conservative broadcasters have vilified the city and its officials all week"? How much news would be withheld were it not for them? Mayor Gavin Newsom and other leaders of sanctuary cities should be ashamed. I pray that this tragedy motivates citizens to oppose harboring criminals and to alert officials to what is happening to our nation.
December 8, 1985
The irresponsible sanctuary vote of the City Council to flout the law, instead of trying to change it, may at least have the benefit of helping to bring the whole illegal immigration problem to the forefront, where it can receive open debate by the public and action by the Congress. After all, this problem will have a more serious long-term effect on the country than will issues such as tax reform. However, unfortunately, as with the national debt, the hard choices are continuously postponed because the public does not perceive an imminent danger.
April 2, 2011 |
Got a hard-hitting investigative story but can't get it past government censors at home? Publish it in Iceland instead. What about a website featuring classified, inflammatory or potentially libelous material? Park it on an Internet server here, without fear of legal harassment or official pressure to reveal your sources. Lawmakers here have given the go-ahead to an ambitious plan to turn this unassuming island in the North Atlantic into an international sanctuary for free speech, putting Iceland at the leading edge of media openness but also pushing it into uncharted territory.
September 27, 1992 |
Sculptor Judith Reifman believes that art should transport us for a time beyond our daily lives. She sees "Cathedral," her installation of 26 carved wood figures at the Sherry Frumkin Gallery, as a sanctuary for dreaming. The figures--male, female and hermaphrodite, some of them 12 feet tall--provide "a moment . . . to be transformed and to see something differently," Reifman said. "I put the emphasis on the human being, yet within natural materials.
September 19, 1989 |
As a result of Hungary's liberal policies toward the East Bloc's political and economic refugees, an increasing number of Romanians are risking jail--and occasionally the bullets of border guards--in order to escape into Hungary.
April 26, 2012 |
WAKEFIELD, Mass. — For more than a year, the guilt and shame overwhelmed Kayla Harrison, even though she had done nothing wrong. "I can't describe how I felt," she says quietly. "I think I cried pretty much every night. " She also thought about suicide — even tried to run away from home once. Then she decided to stand and fight. Sexually abused by her judo coach for three years as a teenager, Harrison did what few in her position ever find the courage to do: confront her attacker in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1987 |
Stacey Lynn Merkt, 32, the first sanctuary movement supporter convicted of an immigration violation, has been granted an early release from prison because of complications in her pregnancy, her attorney said. Merkt's husband, attorney John Blatz, was at the federal prison in Fort Worth on Friday to pick up his wife, officials said. A federal court order will allow her to serve 83 days of her 179-day sentence under house arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1991 |
The City Council decided last week to join the Orange County Coastal Governments Coalition, which is pushing for a marine sanctuary off the coast of Orange County. As proposed by the coalition, the sanctuary would stretch from the county's northern boundary to its southern one and seaward to Catalina Island. The organization was formed a few years ago by Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and San Clemente to study offshore oil drilling and its effect on local communities.
March 31, 1989 |
In a decision that supporters predicted will drive the sanctuary movement further underground, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld the convictions of eight Arizona church workers for helping Central Americans enter the United States illegally Holding that sanctuary workers are not shielded from criminal prosecution by their religious beliefs, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said such protections "cannot escape the government's overriding interest in policing its borders."
August 7, 1986 |
It is an oasis, a thick, overgrown plot of land that is flanked by two freeways and a string of industrial parks. It is also a refuge for thousands of birds that pause to feed, rest and nest on their migratory flights north and south. And it is a reminder to all who walk in the Whittier Narrows Wildlife Sanctuary of a Southern California that long since has vanished in the blur of development.