CAPS Articles

Immigrants Add Energy to Union Membership

By Julia M. Scott, Los Angeles Daily News
September 2, 2007

Ingela Dahlgren enjoyed the benefits of a strong nursing union in her native Sweden before becoming a U.S. immigrant nearly 30 years ago.

For more than two decades after her arrival, Dahlgren worked nonunion hospital jobs, but she was intent on one day using her experience with unions in Sweden to organize American nurses.

She eventually got her chance, and in 2002 a nurses union she helped start at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center negotiated its first contract.

State Must Face Tsunami of Growth

By Mark Cromer, Los Angeles Daily News
September 9, 2007

Californians were recently given something that might have saved many victims of the tsunami that lashed the Indian Ocean: early warning of an approaching tidal wave.

But it's not a towering wall of seawater that threatens to swamp the Golden State. Rather it's a rolling surge of people that will bring California's population to 60 million by midcentury - a net gain of 25 million from the state's current census.

Ad Pins Woes on Aliens

The Washington Times
September 19, 2007

A new ad campaign in California blames out-of-control immigration for many of the state's problems, including overcrowded schools, traffic gridlock and environmental destruction.

Fertile Ground for Mexican Mafia

By Maria Fotopoulos, Santa Barbara News-Press
September 23, 2007

Los Angeles-based writer Tony Rafael recently spoke to a sold-out Channel City Club audience, telling the crowd that the problem of the Mexican Mafia in the United States is "huge, and analogous to fighting a civil insurgency." And illegal immigration, Mr. Rafael says, serves the Mexican Mafia as a "conveyor belt of potential recruits and victims."

Sanchez Pushes Sanctuary Proposal

By Brian Seals, The Salinas Californian
September 24, 2007

Even if it were only a symbolic move, declaring Salinas a "sanctuary city" would be worthwhile, a councilman said late last week.

Sergio Sanchez said he wants his colleagues on the City Council to consider declaring Salinas a safe haven for undocumented immigrants and join a growing list of such cities in the Monterey Bay area and around the country.

’DREAM Act’ Unfair to Legal U.S. Citizens, Says Immigration Reform Group

By Chad Groening and Jody Brown,
September 27, 2007

An immigration reform organization says a bill that would give in-state college tuition benefits to illegal aliens anywhere in the U.S., without affording the same rights to legal immigrants and citizens, is completely unfair.

See editor's note below

Immigration Elitists

By Mark Cromer, The Washington Times
September 28, 2007

Judge Delays Ruling on Illegal Labor

By Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press
October 1, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. government plan to crack down employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants was delayed again on Monday as a federal judge said he needed more time to issue a ruling.

The Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security were to send joint letters in September warning businesses they'll face penalties if they keep workers whose Social Security numbers don't match their names.

Stay of Illegal-Immigrant Hiring Rule is Extended

A judge keeps authorities from using mismatched Social Security data to go after employers who hired undocumented workers.

By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2007

A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday extended a temporary restraining order preventing immigration authorities from using mismatched Social Security data to go after employers who may have hired undocumented workers.

Illegal-Worker Crackdown Further Delayed

By Julie Preston, San Diego Union-Tribune
October 2, 2007

A federal judge in San Francisco extended for 10 days yesterday a temporary ban on a central measure in the Bush administration's campaign to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

After a two-hour hearing, Judge Charles Breyer strongly suggested he was leaning against the government in the case.