Two LA Times Stories On Immigration
November 28, 2005, 03:43 AM
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The first is about the struggles within the Republican Party, and the fact that Democrats like Bill Richardson, Janet Napolitano and Nebraska`s Ben Nelson are now climbing on board the immigration issue.

A lot of what they`re reporting is what you, as readers already know.The big news, considering that Republicans are still expressing fear of the mythical curse of Prop. 187, is the Democratic activity:

Among Democrats taking a more hawkish stance on illegal immigration is Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who is up for reelection in 2006. Last week, he issued a news release highlighting his support for a bill to strengthen border controls.

"When a Democratic senator from Nebraska is sending releases on border security, it shows the issue has greater reach," said Stuart Rothenberg, an independent political analyst. "It`s everywhere."[Border Security an Issue for GOP, By Janet Hook, November 27, 2005]

The other story is about the disconnect between Federal immigration laws, State Driver`s license laws, and Municipal Sanctuary policies, with various unapolagetic corporations profiteering off illegals.

They quote an illegal immigrant named Cristina Cardelas who is paying instate tuition at UCLA:

"I am allowed to work … and pay my taxes and everything, but I am not allowed to be here," said Cardelas, an undocumented immigrant who has both a matricula and federal tax ID number. "It`s hypocritical."

Cardelas, whose mother is a cook and whose father is a baker, got scholarships and worked two jobs — as a secretary and a waitress — to attend community college. Now she attends UCLA, where she is studying public policy and international relations. She pays in-state tuition.

But when she graduates, Cardelas said, she will be stuck back working low-wage jobs that don`t demand a valid Social Security card.[Policies on Illegal Immigrants at Odds, By Anna Gorman and Jennifer Delson, November 27, 2005 ]

She`s wrong about being "stuck," of course, because she`s not "stuck" in the United States. I`m sure there are jobs in Mexico for English-speaking college graduates. Spain takes immigrants from Mexico, too. Plenty of opportunity, and legal, too.