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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | February 3, 2012
MEXICALI - More than 100 protesters held signs and chanted for immigration reform on the Mexican side of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry as Angeles Sin Fronteras held concurrent protests in Mexicali and Mexico City on Thursday. The event was specifically held on the 164th anniversary of the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty, which officially ended the Mexican-American War and resulted in the U.S.' acquisition of California, Texas, Nevada, Utah as well as most of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
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By MARIA ELENA SALINAS | March 22, 2010
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to send a message that racial discrimination would no longer be tolerated in our country, he filled the National Mall in our nation’s capital with people supporting the cause. His message came across loud and clear. Almost 47 years later, Latino leaders are trying to send a similar message with the gathering of thousands of Hispanics on the National Mall on March 21, to demand action on immigration reform. Like King, they too have a dream.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
CALEXICO - Two U.S. representatives visited with some of those most directly affected by long border wait times earlier this week and said when they consider port of entry expansion funding, they must also consider immigration reform. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection representatives, met with the Border Ad Hoc Committee in Calexico on Tuesday. Committee Chairman Carlton Hargrave asked about the status of bills introduced that would allow public-private partnerships to fund port of entry infrastructure since traditional funding sources have dried up for the time being.
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Richard Brown | October 8, 2010
I knew this would be an issue the minute I decided to get that saltwater swimming pool in my backyard. These ridiculous pool services around here expect us to pay fees so high that they might pass a livable wage on to their workers. But minimum wage isn’t livable, and where’s that leave a guy like me? Why not just do the smart thing and hire undocumented workers? Go in the opposite direction — that’s what I did. Like all fairly good, mostly honest, occasionally hard-working Americans, I live by the double standard.
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By DAVID STEFFEN, Staff Writer | February 6, 2010
The Border Angels’ rally straddled the U.S.-Mexico border fence Friday morning in Calexico as activists on both sides of the border rallied against current U.S. immigration policy. “The whole Operation Gatekeeper and the whole immigration policy are a farce and a crime against humanity,” said Calexico-native Francisco Herrera of the San Francisco-based Trabajo Cultural Caminante. Several Border Angels supporters turned out at 9 a.m. at Heffernan Avenue and First Street in Calexico.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 2, 2013
Despite all the current talk about immigration reform and the assurances that comprehensive legislation is at hand, one should stop short of believing that it is a done deal. After all, this is Washington, D.C., we're talking about. Yet, one can't escape the feeling that a tipping point has been reached and this particular political football can no longer be safely kicked down the road. To do so would only spell trouble for both major political parties. As the November election demonstrated, Latinos can be expected to show up at the polls in increasing numbers.
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By Christian Burkin, Medill News Service | July 31, 2006
The House begins a month-long recess today, further delaying a decision on immigration reform. And with the legislative clock running out, Senate and House sources say the chances of an agreement are growing slim. There are two immigration bills in Congress ? a House bill, touted as a border security plan, and a Senate bill that offers a broader package of reforms including guest worker programs and citizenship opportunities for long-term illegal residents. Congressional staffers from both sides of the aisle say House and Senate Republicans are locked in stalemate.
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By MARIA ELENA SALINAS | June 15, 2009
It was two years ago this month that the immigration debate in Congress fell flat on its face. Democrats and Republicans could not reach an agreement on the many amendments proposed to the Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007. Conservatives thought it was too lenient; liberals considered it too tough. Now there is a new effort to get an immigration-reform bill through Congress, and its proponents are convinced that this time it will not fail. The question is, why now and not then?
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
CALEXICO - Two U.S. representatives visited with some of those most directly affected by long border wait times earlier this week and said when they consider port of entry expansion funding, they must also consider immigration reform. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection representatives, met with the Border Ad Hoc Committee in Calexico on Tuesday. Committee Chairman Carlton Hargrave asked about the status of bills introduced that would allow public-private partnerships to fund port of entry infrastructure since traditional funding sources have dried up for the time being.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | April 16, 2013
MEXICALI - The stream of Central American immigrants that treks through Mexico on the way to the United States are the face of a “humanitarian disaster” that hardly anyone seems to notice, said Father Alejandro Solalinde. Years of working closely with these immigrants at the Catholic Pastoral Care Centre for Migrants in Ixtepec, Guerrero, Mexico, have also left Solalinde no doubt of where the problem lies. “They are a symptom of a serious systematic problem,” he said in Spanish.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | April 13, 2013
CALEXICO - For nearly six years Derrick Sparrow crossed the border using a SENTRI card, and throughout that time border commuting was an easy task. “At worst, using the SENTRI lane I might have come across hour-long lines once in a while, but most of the time I faced little to no line to cross the border,” said Sparrow, who was born in Calexico but lives in Mexicali. “Now that I'm 'SENTRI-less,' I'm averaging lines of an hour to (one) hour and a half during the weekdays, and longer on the weekends,” said Sparrow, who admits that he lost his SENTRI when his wallet “and all of its contents were stolen out of my vehicle, due to a moment of carelessness.” Since this “carelessness,” Sparrow now crosses mostly at night to avoid the sun and when the lines are shorter.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | April 3, 2013
Imperial County backs comprehensive immigration reform, the Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday although a resolution of support is pending. A resolution of support of comprehensive immigration reform is expected however, once a bill is available.  In the meantime, the board will send a letter to the appropriate bodies expressing their backing of the concept. The board's decisions followed County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova's advice to hold passing a resolution of support until a reform bill is available.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 1, 2013
Some $33 million in state funds for a new jail is likely to be accepted by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors today, an amount that would allow the county to expand its detention space by approximately 228 beds. The new adult medium-security detention facility is planned to be a sally port, pre-booking area, intake facilities and a video visitation center - to name a few. A new facility is “absolutely necessary, especially for the AB 109 people that we are coming in contact now with that are going to be long-term prisoners,” said Imperial County Sherriff Ray Loera while referring to realignment inmates set to return to be supervised in their counties of arrest.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | February 25, 2013
MEXICALI - As discussion centers around immigration reform stateside, similar conversations are occurring south of the border as Mexicali hosted its inaugural Regional Migration Forum on Monday. “What we are doing here is presenting different initiatives that need to be taken from the Mexican government in our borders, and also we are doing our job in the federal congress in Mexico, starting the dialogue between the U.S. congress and Mexican congress for migration reform,” Mexican Congressman David Pérez Tejada said.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 2, 2013
Despite all the current talk about immigration reform and the assurances that comprehensive legislation is at hand, one should stop short of believing that it is a done deal. After all, this is Washington, D.C., we're talking about. Yet, one can't escape the feeling that a tipping point has been reached and this particular political football can no longer be safely kicked down the road. To do so would only spell trouble for both major political parties. As the November election demonstrated, Latinos can be expected to show up at the polls in increasing numbers.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | February 2, 2013
During his recent remarks calling for immigration reform, President Obama repeatedly cited the effect such legislation would have on bolstering the ranks of the nation's middle class. Something of a similar effect could be seen in the years following the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, often referred to as former President Ronald Reagan's amnesty law, said Jody Agius Vallejo, a University of Southern California assistant professor of sociology. For many immigrants, being able to secure one's legal status is “imperative” in order to attain social and economic mobility, she said.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | January 29, 2013
President Obama on Tuesday unveiled his guiding principles for Congress to consider when they take up immigration reform in the coming months. Obama's much-anticipated speech comes a day after a group of key Senate leaders unveiled a bipartisan immigration reform plan of their own. During Tuesday's speech in Las Vegas, Obama said that enough of a “broad consensus” has emerged to draft and approve “commonsense,” comprehensive immigration legislation....
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | January 28, 2013
The bipartisan proposal unveiled Monday paves the way to legalization of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants with a program described as “tough but fair.” It also addresses the concerns of the agricultural industry, whose labor pool by some estimates is composed of some 50 to 70 percent unauthorized workers. “Agricultural workers who commit to the long-term stability of our nation's agricultural industries will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play in ensuring that Americans have safe and secure agricultural products to sell and consume,” states the proposal.
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