Hispanic Calif. Leaders Receiving Threats
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The lieutenant governor and the mayor of Los Angeles, both Hispanic Democrats, have received threats amid a national debate over immigration policy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday.
Schwarzenegger told reporters about the threats against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante during a news conference in his office Monday.
Immigration: Where Blacks Stand
The Afro, News Analysis/newamericamedia.org
In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush announced plans to reform immigration laws to allow an unprecedented amount of people from foreign countries to acquire jobs in America as "guest workers." While the controversy surrounding comprehensive immigration reform is to secure the borders against perceived "terrorists,” the border patrols were implemented for specific immigrants that perhaps posed a threat to U.S. policy and agenda. Immigration has become a heated bi-partisan topic, and leaders in the African American community have chosen to discuss its impact on the community.
Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska
New York Times
OMAHA, April 14 — Ernie Chambers is Nebraska's only African-American state senator, a man who has fought for causes including the abolition of capital punishment and the end of apartheid in South Africa. A magazine writer once described him as the "angriest black man in Nebraska."
He was also a driving force behind a measure passed by the Legislature on Thursday and signed into law by the governor that calls for dividing the Omaha public schools into three racially identifiable districts, one largely black, one white and one mostly Hispanic.
What's Not Being Discussed: Racism, Job Creation and a Living Wage-Do Immigrants Really Take Jobs from the Urban Poor?
The young black man hesitated as he stood outside the small furniture manufacturing shop in South Los Angeles. He was dressed neatly, and he was well groomed. He eyed the building warily. The sign on the narrow glass door in English and Spanish, read "help wanted" and trabajo aqui. The opening was for a shop helper, mostly to sweep up and do routine clean up and maintenance. It did not require any education or special skill. It paid minimum wage, as did the thousands of shops that dotted the area. The company had no employee health care plan, or other benefits.