CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

Over-the-Dinner-Table Moralizing in ‘Blue Bloods’ Turns to ‘Who is an Immigrant?’

Recently I wrote about how the immigration topic, and often very particular positioning of it, is permeating all aspects of our culture. Another example popped up on Friday night’s CBS staple, “Blue Bloods,” with the episode Foreign Interference, which touched on sanctuary cities and “who is an immigrant?”   The show focuses on the multi-generational Reagan...

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Welcome to America … Land of Opportunities ...

Dunkin’ Donuts: the Schwab’s Drug Store of Discovering Immigrant Talent There may be no space remaining where the immigration debate isn’t present. I noticed a smattering of immigration-related posts the other day even on LinkedIn, known more as a place for professional networking and as the go-to site to host one’s business credentials. Mark D. Copoulos, a Philadelphia...

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Maybe we Need to Bring the Issue of ‘Brain Drain’ Back to the Immigration Debate

“Skilled immigrants often struggle to put degrees, credentials to use in U.S.” was a recent lament in the Chicago Tribune on how skilled immigrants from Albania, Iraq, Guatemala and elsewhere have to work as babysitters, cabdrivers, janitors, valets and factory laborers. “Lengthy recertification processes, language barriers and employers’ unfamiliarity with foreign...

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California’s Perpetual Population Growth Pressures Homebuilders

Citing regulatory barriers, high costs and fewer public resources, the California Department of Housing and Community Development reported earlier this year that the state isn’t keeping up with housing demand. Through the last 10 years, 80,000 new homes were built on average annually, in contrast to demand for 180,000 homes each year. If growth trends continue, 1.8 million new homes will be...

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Trump’s Timeout on Immigrants is Common Sense

With world events often happening faster than we can even process the information, it’s easy to forget terror attacks, as in Paris: 130 dead, just a little over one year ago. Or, FBI Director James Comey’s statements that there are violent extremist investigations in every single state in the United States. Or, Security Analyst and Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka who...

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A Matter of Taste, Judgment

Watching Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes last weekend made me nostalgic for Marlon Brando’s 1973 rejection of an Academy Award and his representation on stage that night by a very polite and dignified 27-year-old Apache, Sacheen Littlefeather. Brando’s move was major-league revolutionary and iconoclastic, a statement of protest against the movie industry itself and its depiction of...

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Another Country

Increasingly, California does look like another country. It hews so far to extremes on immigration issues that it’s difficult to see how it can be reconciled with reasonable policies. So a Calexit, or California secession, from the United States to form a new country, as has been proposed, might not be that radical of an idea. California’s leaders love illegal immigration, so the new...

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Remembering the California Victims of Terrorist Couple’s Evildoing

San Bernardino has become one more American city that will be remembered for being the site of a mass shooting. A year ago this month in California’s Inland Empire, a terrorist couple, armed with pipe bombs, handguns, rifles and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition, killed 14 people, wounded 22 and then were killed in a police shootout. They left behind their newborn baby to grow up...

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Can Blockbuster Filmmaking Raise Awareness of the Overpopulation Problem?

Harvard professor, code breaker and expert symbologist Robert Langdon returned in author Dan Brown’s 2013 bestseller, Inferno, with Florence, Italy, and Dante’s The Divine Comedy providing the reader with the art and historical backdrop for a page-turning fiction thriller. Actor Tom Hanks reprises the role of Langdon, the unlikely sleuth and hero, in the $75 million film version of...

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UCLA Students Savage Mother Whose Son was Killed by an Illegal Alien

Sabine Durden with her son, Dominic, killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk. Perhaps some of today’s college students are trying to be relevant – to stake a claim to a cause in the vein of the 1960s Vietnam War protests. If that’s the case, essential critical thinking skills to identify actual causes that might have a positive...

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