Whitman's - and California's - immigration hypocrisy -- Los Angeles Times How the Whitman housekeeper scandal highlights dependence on undocumented workers.
Whitman's not the first with illegal worker woes - The Orange County Register The gubernatorial candidate joins a long list of public officials to come under fire for their hiring practices.
PREVIEW-U.S. court term has free-speech, immigration cases - Reuters Arizona's appeal on SB 1070 is among the cases the high court will hear in the coming months.
O.C. jails ready for immigration detainees - The Orange County Register The county stands to make $30 million in revenue after selling jail space to the federal government for immigrant detention.
Ground Zero mosque: Our family has received death threats, says wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf - New York Daily News Daisy Khan, the wife of the imam behind the planned project, says that her family has sought help from police after receiving threatening calls.
Yesterday afternoon I caught up with Juana, the subject of an earlier post in which the Los Angeles domestica dished on the housekeeping industry, the need (or not) for papers, and the scandal over Meg Whitman's maid.
She takes the bus throughout the city to clean homes and apartments, usually invisibly while her clients are out, earning $10 to $15 an hour. Here is a bit of what she does:
How do a second-generation Latina protesting anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona and an immigrant-bashing radio talk show host wind up stranded together in the desert? The answer is in Josefina Lopez's new play "Detained in the Desert," debuting tonight in Boyle Heights at the Casa 0101 Theater.
Lopez, a playwright, director, screenwriter and novelist best known for the play and film "Real Women Have Curves" (and also a daughter of Boyle Heights, born in San Luis Potosí) has set her new tale in the Arizona of this past summer, when the state was a particularly contentious ground zero in the immigration debate.
The inaugural performance tonight sold out - which meant no ticket for me - but there will be performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between now and Oct. 24.
Photo by Bulent Yusef/Flickr (Creative Commons)
A detail from a mural in London, June 2006
The scandal that erupted earlier this week over Meg Whitman employing an undocumented immigrant as her housekeeper for nine years has turned the governor's race into a circus of press conferences in recent days. Republican candidate Whitman insists she did not know that ex-housekeeper Nicandra Diaz Santillan was working here illegally, in spite of a Social Security no-match letter that would have raised a red flag; Diaz, who at one time represented herself as having documents, insists otherwise.
Looking beyond the back-and-forth sound bites, however, beyond its high-profile context, the business relationship between Whitman and Diaz is not so noteworthy in itself. Each day, undocumented (and some documented) domesticas - as the legions of women who clean our homes call themselves - board buses headed for the Westside or the Valley or Los Feliz or the Palisades, you name it, to clean the homes of clients who, by and large, are less concerned with their immigration status than how they make their floors shine and their mirrors sparkle.
Comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate - 89.3 KPCC Before Congress adjourned, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey introduced a bill that would beef up border security, expand family reunification to same-sex couples and provide a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.
Steve Lopez: Meg Whitman has some explaining to do on illegal immigrant housekeeper - Los Angeles Times Lopez: "Do the Whitmans have any other domestics whose papers should be checked? Does Jerry Brown? Help me out, readers."
Whitman faces uproar over illegal immigrant maid in bid for California governor - Los Angeles Times The flap over Meg Whitman's undocumented maid threatens to further cut into the GOP gubernatorial candidate's support among Latinos just weeks before election day.