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Sandra Hernandez

Unfriendly Skies

Blas Salinas arrived at LAX’s domestic Terminal 1 late last month, anticipating long lines and delays but never imagining his trip might cost him the right to remain in the United States. Salinas, a native of Honduras, was stopped three times by Immigration and Naturalization Service agents and finally arrested......

Slumming

APWide WorldFAVELA IS ONE OF ONLY EIGHT PORTUGUESE words in the Oxford English Dictionary, or so I am told by Marcelo, a tall Brazilian with sun-kissed hair. I am only half-listening to Marcelo's words as the black VW Golf he is driving makes the final turn up the steep hill......

Stuck in Translation

Photo by Jenafer Gillingham On a warm spring morning at the height of last year’s gubernatorial primary contests, Gray Davis, Jane Harmon, Al Checchi and Dan Lungren did something they’d never done before: fought for the Latino vote. The three Democrats and lone Republican squirmed when asked about their positions......

The GOP's Latino Problem

Photo by Anne FishbeinIn September 1997, Attorney General Dan Lungren cheerfully stepped up to the dais at a posh Westside hotel to deliver a simple message: Latinos weren't anti-Republican, the party simply hadn't gotten its message out. Nearly a year later Latinos responded with a political missive of their own:......

Inside Agitators

Roy Hong: Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates In 1992, Roy Hong helped organize 45 displaced Korean and Latino workers to demand inclusion in relief funds. Since then, Hong and his group have continued to advocate for working people, slowly building a strong base of support. KIWA has organized more than 2,000......

Inside Agitators

If you believe the conventional wisdom, this is neither the time nor the place for troublemakers. L.A., goes the mantra, is not a very political town, and, besides, progressive activism has been in decline since the '60s. Dick Riordan is mayor, and the dull gray center is getting its dull......

Latin Beat

Sitting inside the cramped vinyl booth at the Brite Spot diner on Sunset Boulevard, Rafael Gonzalez laughs as he recalls when, as a kid, he would go to one of a handful of downtown L.A. movie theaters that presented Latino films. There were few choices then: a rerun starring Mexican......

Jose Donoldo Colosio Asylum Revoked

Spotlighting a case already charged with political intrigue, the Justice Department has withdrawn the political-asylum status extended two years ago to the family of the man convicted of assassinating Mexican presidential candidate Jose Donoldo Colosio. The turnabout, unprecedented in the experience of several immigration experts following the case, was initiated......

Immigrants Rounded Up

INS Commissioner Doris Meissner boarded a plane to Mexico last April to personally deliver a message: There would be no mass deportations or roundups back in the United States. Addressing reporters who gathered to hear what assurances she had given a group of high-ranking Mexican government officials, Meissner emphasized, "We......

Justice Delayed

It appeared to be a moment of truth: a pair of Riverside Sheriff’s deputies caught on tape by a television news camera as they delivered a violent roadside clubbing to two Mexican nationals. But more than two years after the April 1 beatings of Alicia Sotero Vasquez and Enrique Funes......
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