Obama, Senate Digging in on Trade Promotion Authority

After some intra-party haggling among Democrats, on May 21 the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted 62-...

Joe Guzzardi

USCIS Director: America’s Immigration System ‘Unjust’

Although the United States has the world’s most generous immigration system, U.S. Citizenship...

Joe Guzzardi

Drought Assails California’s Air as well as its Water

The drought now wracking California is obviously wreaking havoc with the state’s limited and...

Leon Kolankiewicz

Cornucopia Fizzles in California

California has achieved a dubious distinction. According to Measure of America, a project of the...

John Vinson

CAPS Position on Health Care Coverage

CAPS firmly believes that working Americans are entitled to health insurance coverage for contraception.  A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether private corporations can obtain an exemption from the Contraceptive Mandate of the Affordable Care Act. While we support everyone's right to their own beliefs, we do not believe that employers should be able to deprive their employees of health care coverage for birth control.

Santa Barbara oil pipeline leak rekindles memories of 1969 disaster

Javier Panzar, Monte Morin and Tony Barboza
May 20, 2015
The LA Times

It was a scene that generations of people on the Santa Barbara coast have dreaded: Cleanup workers in white protective suits combing tar-splattered beaches, hoping to contain the damage from a crude oil spill.

As Floridians Are Displaced, Rubio Demands More Foreign Workers

Rachel Stoltsfooz
May 19, 2015
The Daily Caller

Republican senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio is backing a bill that would triple the number of guest workers businesses could hire every year, after hundreds of workers in his state were fired and literally replaced by foreign guest workers.

445,000 awaiting a court date, which might not come for 4 years

Molly Hennessy-Fiske
May 16, 2015
The LA Times

Driven by last summer’s surge of illegal immigration from Central America, the already large backlog in federal immigration courts has reached an all-time high, with more than 445,000 pending cases, according to a new report.

DHS Fails To Keep Track Of Number Of Illegals Allowed To Stay In U.S.

Chuck Ross
May 13, 2015
The Daily Caller

The Department of Homeland Security does not maintain data on how many illegal immigrants it allows to stay in the U.S. through prosecutorial discretion — a failure that could have national security implications — the agency’s inspector general reported Wednesday.

Saving our real seniors: oaks

Michael Fitzgerald
May 12, 2015

Magnificent Valley oak trees (Quercus lobata) are one of the largest living things in our Valley. Strike that: Because oaks live up to 600 years(!) this is their Valley. We just live in it.

“There’s something about their size and shape,” said Dave Rizzo, a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Davis. “That kind of gnarly shape. Spreading crowns. They’re just really cool.”

Asylum is 'secret password' for immigrants looking to enter US, say critics

Melissa Jacobs
May 10, 2015
FOX News

Critics say there's a secret password that allows immigrants access into the U.S., and one that can be uttered in a short phone interview in a process they say exposes border security to widespread fraud.

The word: Asylum.