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The undocumented are usupdated Fri Jun 27 2014 08:48:08

Sometimes a filmmaker makes a documentary to have an impact on a national issue, and the finished product impacts him in profound and lasting ways as well.

What Clinton doesn't get on immigration updated Wed Jun 18 2014 10:38:12

Hillary Clinton wants Americans to believe that she made difficult decisions as secretary of state. That's the premise of her new book, "Hard Choices."

Border detention of children shames Americaupdated Thu Jun 12 2014 13:25:01

Where did our country go? Americans are known around the world as a good and compassionate people -- with a soft spot for children.

Undocumented fed up with partisan politicsupdated Fri Jun 06 2014 08:49:29

The immigration debate in the United States should be guided by what is in the best interests of the United States. Take it from a fifth-generation American whose maternal ancestors have been in Texas since the Lone Star State was more commonly referred to as "Northern Mexico."

Why Julian Castro said yes to Obamaupdated Mon May 19 2014 13:21:33

Normally, when an elected official has to make difficult choices, balancing ambition with practical concerns, it boils down to a personal decision. But when the official is a political rock star who might just be the first member of his community to become president, the whole decision-making process plays out in public.

Don't meddle with driver's licenses for undocumentedupdated Tue May 13 2014 07:25:05

When it comes to giving driver's license to illegal immigrants, California has spent nearly two decades embroiled in a never-ending saga.

Homeowner deserves blame for setting deadly trapupdated Wed May 07 2014 16:10:42

As you have probably noticed, human beings will sometimes do dumb things. Like step onto someone else's property late at night or in the early morning hours, whether innocently or not so innocently. But that doesn't give other people license to overreact and use deadly force to kill an unarmed trespasser. The law of man says so but so does the code of common decency.

Why a minority opposes affirmative action updated Thu Apr 24 2014 14:33:36

When it comes to thinking about affirmative action, there's an old way and a new way.

Racism isn't just a GOP problemupdated Thu Apr 17 2014 08:01:01

There are two groups of Republicans: Those who pander to nativists by encouraging anti-Latino prejudice and exploiting the fear and anxiety that come from changing demographics, and those who tolerate the first group.

California's Hispanic milestoneupdated Mon Apr 07 2014 07:49:26

Twenty years ago, an editor at the Los Angeles Times told me the newspaper had changed the way it reported on Mexico. "Now we cover it as a local story," he said.

Obama's school discipline plan is overkillupdated Fri Mar 28 2014 08:42:59

When the worlds of federal bureaucracies and public schools collide, what results is often a teaching moment for all involved.

A toddler, a cupcake, and a mob of critics updated Thu Mar 20 2014 08:34:30

An amusing video is posted showing an adorable 3-year-old boy asking his mom for a cupcake with the determination of a first-year law student.

Deportations will leave aftershocks for yearsupdated Thu Mar 13 2014 07:27:07

This week, there was a massive attempt to gate-crash on the U.S.-Mexico border, part of the "Bring Them Home" campaign. A better name for it would be "Operation Return to Sender."

Will cops use common sense on drivers and cell phones?updated Fri Mar 07 2014 09:05:36

The most important tool that law enforcement officers have at their disposal is common sense. This is especially true with that segment of the force that spends the most time interacting with the public: traffic cops and highway patrol officers who enforce the vehicle code.

Give Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta his Medal of Honorupdated Fri Feb 28 2014 19:44:03

Why only reach back to right a wrong from a half-century ago? Why not correct a travesty that is occurring right now?

Clarence Thomas is right about raceupdated Fri Feb 14 2014 12:29:26

Clarence Thomas has an abundance of two things that are often in short supply whenever Americans talk about race: courage and common sense.

Deport Justin Bieber? updated Fri Jan 24 2014 16:11:18

Canada's most valuable export? Oil. Its most problematic? Justin Bieber.

'Bachelor' anti-gay remark doesn't speak for Latinosupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 12:43:36

The Bachelor sounds like a bigot.

Christie bridge: Get over itupdated Thu Jan 16 2014 17:42:35

Tom Brokaw has had enough of "bridgegate."

Cops must face justice in killing of homeless manupdated Tue Jan 14 2014 11:03:38

What is it with juries in high-profile cases in Southern California? Over the years, they've become a national joke. But no one is laughing.

States take the lead in immigration gameupdated Tue Jan 07 2014 08:25:32

My son has a new video game, and I have a new problem.

Lesson of the Romney adoption joke storyupdated Fri Jan 03 2014 07:41:23

A recent dust-up at MSNBC is driving the latest round of "gotcha" between the right and the left.

'Duck Dynasty' network's hypocrisyupdated Tue Dec 24 2013 14:39:05

This Christmas, enjoy the turkey and roast beef. But do yourself a favor, and skip the duck.

U.S. owes India apology over strip-searchupdated Wed Dec 18 2013 16:46:02

Here's a scary thought: There's a country where officials are suggesting that the visas of gay partners of U.S. diplomats be revoked and these individuals be put in jail -- not because the country recently outlawed same-sex relationships but to crack down on Americans.

Santa's color isn't the important thingupdated Mon Dec 16 2013 07:36:57

Do you know why so many children think they're entitled to a comfy life filled with toys, smiles and puppy dogs?

Josh Romney's tweet showed a class actupdated Wed Dec 04 2013 08:14:20

Some people see a silver lining and go looking for a cloud. They just can't feel good about the world they live in, even when they're presented with a feel-good story. Instead of rejoicing in a positive development, they're critical and cynical and mean.

Obama heckler got it rightupdated Wed Nov 27 2013 07:38:29

When asked over the years if he can use executive power to stop deporting illegal immigrants, President Barack Obama has responded: Yes, we can! Other times, the answer was: No we can't!

What Liz Cheney got wrongupdated Tue Nov 19 2013 07:22:41

Republicans portray themselves as the party of family values. Yet, in Wyoming, one prominent group of right wing kinfolk will spend the holidays embroiled in a family feud.

Health care fiasco highlights Obama's broken promiseupdated Wed Nov 13 2013 21:43:58

You almost have to feel sorry for President Obama. Almost.

How to get elected? Ask Christieupdated Wed Nov 06 2013 13:28:56

Election week is the perfect time for Americans to think about what we want in a candidate and what we don't.

Beware of cultuphobiaupdated Fri Nov 01 2013 07:42:40

Introducing a new word: "cultuphobia." It means the fear that another person's culture is taking over your own.

UK's message to immigrants: Stay out updated Thu Oct 24 2013 11:02:18

Just this summer, the British government was directly targeting illegal immigrants with a campaign that turned heads, and, in many cases, turned stomachs.

Fit mom brings out the bulliesupdated Thu Oct 17 2013 09:49:03

Maria Kang likes a good workout. And she is getting one after a bunch of angry women turned her into a punching bag.

Ted Cruz is right about Obamacareupdated Wed Oct 09 2013 16:25:46

In the 1980 Clint Eastwood action comedy film "Any Which Way You Can," prizefighter Jack Wilson (played by William Smith) assesses the strengths of his soon-to-be opponent, Philo Beddoe (played by Eastwood).

Hispanics, don't settle for lessupdated Mon Oct 07 2013 11:54:48

It's hip to be Hispanic.

'Fat letters' from schools to parents are wrongupdated Tue Sep 24 2013 08:38:00

The parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts -- are receiving letters regarding something that really isn't a school's business: their children's weight.

Give undocumented immigrants driver's licenses updated Tue Sep 17 2013 09:23:03

California has long been a trendsetter. But on the issue of giving driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, it fell behind other states. After what seems like forever, it is poised to become the 10th state, along with the District of Columbia, to make this concession.

Let's have the conversation about raceupdated Mon Aug 26 2013 09:56:44

Americans are told we need to have a national conversation in which we talk about race. 

Will 'Mayor Naughty' please step down?updated Wed Aug 21 2013 07:45:43

As much of the country deals with heat waves, the temperature in this coastal city rarely exceeds 75 degrees. Don't you want to be in San Diego?

Do video games belong in libraries?updated Thu Aug 15 2013 07:47:06

If you want to save souls, first you need to put folks in the pews.

Jeb Bush vs. Matt Damon on schools and testingupdated Mon Aug 12 2013 07:35:31

Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist.

Why not let 9 Dreamers into U.S.?updated Wed Aug 07 2013 12:03:06

The "Dream 9," five women and four men, say that they are "undocumented and unafraid."

Christie vs. Paul vs. Rubio vs. Cruz -- the Republican implosionupdated Mon Aug 05 2013 07:03:15

American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."

Let's deport Rep. Steve Kingupdated Fri Jul 26 2013 07:19:55

"Dreamers" always seem to find themselves in the eye of the storm, and that's where they are at the moment.

Horror won't end with cartel leader's arrestupdated Thu Jul 18 2013 07:37:46

Mexican authorities are having an Eliot Ness moment. Imagine what it felt like for the famed U.S. federal agent to arrest legendary gangster Al Capone in 1929.

Napolitano: Obama's 'bad cop' on immigrationupdated Sun Jul 14 2013 23:44:16

When the University of California regents were looking for a new president for perhaps the best public university system in the world -- with 10 campuses and more than 230,000 students -- they chose Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano?

Should the U.S. be more like Mexico? updated Thu Jul 11 2013 10:40:57

As the immigration debate moves to the House of Representatives, Americans are fully engaged. Is it too much to ask that they also be fully informed?

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