CAPS Articles

2008 Pander Guide

By Mark Cromer
Friday, January 11, 2008
Santa Barbara's NoozHawk

As 2008 kicks off a wide-open presidential race in both major parties and with immigration promising to be a hot-button issue from now through the November election, it might be helpful to offer the candidates a cheat sheet of easy-to-use-clichés when addressing the issue.

Claims that U.S. future depends on immigrants puts ‘con’ in Silicon Valley

By Rob Sanchez
Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Intel Chairman Craig Barrett made dire predictions in a Jan. 2 Vindicator column that the next Silicon Valley will not be in the United States due to restrictive immigration policies and that a brain drain from the United States to Europe will cause an economic Armageddon. In his hypothetical scenario, the United States would lose out in the competition for talent as the best inventors and entrepreneurs migrate to Europe.

Feeding Us All The Right Lines

By Mark Cromer, Los Angeles Daily News
January 6, 2008

As 2008 kicks off a wide-open presidential race in both major parties and with immigration promising to be a hot-button issue from now through the general election, I thought it might be helpful to offer the candidates a cheat-sheet of easy-to-use-clich s when addressing the issue.

"Living in the shadows." The gold standard of public utterances on illegal immigration that deftly defies reality while evoking Dickensian imagery to pull heartstrings.

How California Has Grown

Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Times
Re: "More flee state than move in" Dec. 20, 2007

By Kenneth Pasternack, Santa Barbara
December 26, 2007

California at the Crossroads--What Do We Want to Be?

The Daily Briefing for Politics, Policy, and Progressive Action

By Peter Schrag, California Progress Report
January 2, 2007

Ever since Gray Davis' landslide victory in the 1998 race for governor (if anyone still remembers it), California has been dismissed as too liberal, too absorbed by its own insular concerns - gays, identity politics and environmentalism - too brown and Asian, too dominated by immigrants to remain the national trendsetter it was once supposed to be.

State of the Union

Harbinger of the Future
January 25, 2007

Roundup of illegals shakes up Mendota

Federal action splits families, empties streets; city to consider resolution opposing the raids.

By Vanessa Colon, The Fresno Bee
February 27, 2007

Three weeks after immigration agents swept through town, arresting scores of undocumented immigrants, Mendota officials are considering whether to take a political stance against the nationwide raids.

Unchecked Immigration Leaves Blacks Burdened

By Diana Hull, Ph.D., Santa Monica Daily News
March 8, 2007

While black history month provided a nice slice of time to recount the contributions of a community and honor those who made them, not as often discussed last month were the continuing hurdles to success.

One of the major obstacles now to decent wages and upward social mobility for blacks at the low end of the economic stratum is the size of the illegal immigrant community, willing to toil for less and tolerate substandard working and living conditions.

Second Day of Immigration Raids Includes Novato and San Rafael

By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal
March 8, 2007

Federal immigration officers were back in San Rafael and Novato Wednesday to make another round of arrests.

San Rafael police received a call from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the largest investigative branch of the Department of Homeland Security, about 5 a.m. indicating they would be making additional arrests, said San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

Marin Immigration Raids Protested; Local Officials Concerned

By Jim Staats and Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal
March 10, 2007

More than 100 people armed with signs and yelling chants gathered in San Rafael late Friday afternoon, the second protest of the day against Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in the Canal neighborhood and Novato this week.