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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

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Attention Politicians: Pandering Won’t Fly (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 12, 2008)

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Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Do You Want Poppycock With That? by Tim Rutten (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2008)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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LA Gang Violence Spikes (Associated Press, March 6, 2008)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Limiting Fast Food Outlets---Path to Better Health? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 20, 2007)

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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

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Civil Rights in Louisiana (To the Point, KCRW-FM, September 20, 2007)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Healthcare Reform and Politics (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 5, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

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Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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“Gangs of New York and LA” (Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 26, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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"Racism in Entertainment", (KCRW's "Which Way LA?", November 27,2006)

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“LA’s Jews and Other Minorities---Oh How They Danced” (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, November 11, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives" (Life & Times, October 5, 2006)

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Award Dispute", KPCC's Airtalk, September 15,2006

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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Disputed Film Draws Muted Response (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 10, 2006)

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Blacks vs. Latinos at Work (Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives"

Val Zavala>> After months of delays and debates, Congress finally passed a border enforcement bill. A seven hundred mile fence will now be built along the United States-Mexico border. But Congress left a lot of other stickier immigration issues unresolved. Immigration, it seems, is digging a deep divide within the conservative party and some people say it's a serious rift.

For some political insight, we brought three people together for one of our "Kitchen Conversations": political analyst, Arnold Steinberg; radio talk show host from KRLA, Lores Rizkalla; and our moderator, Joe Hicks, of CommUnity Advocates, Inc.

Joe Hicks>> Well, guys, we got a real divisive debate going on in the country about immigration. This time, not Republicans and Democrats, but it's inside the Republican party. There seems to be two camps that are just duking it out over this issue. What's this all about?

Lores Rizkalla>> Well, you've got on one side the enforcement camp and it looks like the House of Representatives is leading the cause for simply securing the border, dealing with securing the border, first and foremost, and then figuring out at another time a pathway to citizenship for those who are here. But as simple as that might sound, it's a very complex issue.

Joe Hicks>> As all things are. But help me out here.

Arnold Steinberg>> It's like the old Abbott and Costello "Who's on First". I think you have to go back years, if not decades. You have one stand in the Republican party that's essentially libertarian, very laissez-faire, very pro immigration even to the extent of seeing illegal immigrants as part of the equation.

They're willing to overlook the illegality. They're looking at economics and saying we need more people here, we need more workers here, it will all work out. The philosophical laissez-faire libertarians are big business, self-interested entrepreneurs who want to keep labor cheap.

Then on the other side, you have a sort of traditionalist Republican law and order, criminal justice types who say these are the rules, you've got to go by the rules and enforce them. That's what you have within the Republican party and you probably could have had a compromise a while back, but the Bush administration simply said, look, we're going to go for securing the borders and then we're going to go and have this reform. But they've been seen as putting the cart before the horse.

Lores Rizkalla>> And on top of that, you've got the grassroots versus -- the grassroots, very pro enforcement, can't figure out how it could be that, since post-9/11, we have not secured the border. Why is it that our party is not being true to its own core values?

Arnold Steinberg>> Yes, indeed. That's two very different political issues. The sort of grassroots pro enforcement side says if only you were hardcore on immigration, you'd get some of these conservative moderate Democrats over and you'd get a high Republican turnout. Then you have the other side thinking, you know, we're going to be tagged as anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, anti-Mexican and eventually anti-Polish, anti-Rumanian and others (laughter).

Lores Rizkalla>> And you've got them, on the one hand, concerned about the Latino vote. On the other hand, they're also concerned about corporations who are backing them to get them back in office. So you've got the political interests that are very real in the mix.

Joe Hicks>> We all know this is a very complex question. I think anybody with an ounce of sense would figure this out by now. You've got these wings articulated by you, but a guy like Mike Pence, a very conservative Republican Congressman from Indiana. Pence says let me look at all the angles here and try to bridge the gap here.

He offers a plan that offers a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It really does sort of fit in the middle and the guy gets savaged. I mean, they beat this guy to a pulp. Again, if this guy has impeccable conservative credentials here, but gets really beaten up with this process, what is that all about?

Lores Rizkalla>> Well, right now, this is a key issue. In this season, it is a defining issue in the Republican party, I think. So you've got somebody like a Tom Tancredo, Congressman from Colorado, who is very much, some might say, a bit nativist and this is his one issue. He is not willing to compromise at all and you've got those in his camp who believe there is just one way to solve this problem.

Arnold Steinberg>> I know, but I think the immigration issue has become kind of a catch-all for certain Republican members of Congress who are unhappy about the lack of presence on spending bills and all kinds of other things. So this is sort of like they're putting their feet in the sand here.

Lores Rizkalla>> The one thing everyone can agree on in the party is enforcement. The debate is over even the term "the path to citizenship" because there are those who say there should be no path to citizenship. Their path should be back home. Then there are those who say what does the path look like?

Joe Hicks>> Let's deal with the border first. We'll talk about the path later on.

Arnold Steinberg>> Even the Republicans for this type of thing are saying let's enforce sanctions against employers. Seriously, the situation is, well, somebody's here, they get a job, then why should we punish employers?

Joe Hicks>> But is immigration just the tip of a larger debate taking place? Spending on the part of the president? All kinds of those things? Is this just the beginning?

Lores Rizkalla>> Absolutely.

Arnold Steinberg>> They're taking it out on the present administration. They're frustrated.

Lores Rizkalla>> Yes, the grassroots is incredibly frustrated with the Republican party. The question is, how conservative are we really? Because they look a lot like Democrats in a lot of ways.

Joe Hicks>> But that's happening right in California where the Republican grassroots is angry with Arnold Schwarzenegger because the question is, he's weak on immigration.

Arnold Steinberg>> What's happened is, after hiring a bunch of bumbling incompetents and screwing up the election --

Joe Hicks>> -- how do you really feel about it, right (laughter)?

Arnold Steinberg>> The fact is, the Bush people here have gone overboard, so he'll get elected and Republicans are sufficiently demonized by Angelides that they'll vote for him and he definitely sees no particular problem with turning out the Republican base.

Lores Rizkalla>> And the reality? Arnold was never a really a conservative Republican from the beginning and we knew that when we elected him.

Joe Hicks>> So we shouldn't be surprised then.

Lores Rizkalla>> So we shouldn't be surprised.

Joe Hicks>> So why is the grassroots so upset with a guy that they knew --

Lores Rizkalla>> -- because we're so angry. Because even though they knew what they were getting in him, when the reality of him signing some of these bills, you know, 1441 made people mad. 1441, the classified gender and perceived gender and homosexual orientation as a special protected class in the same way minorities' relative education. That angered them because all it does is remind them how liberal he really is.

Joe Hicks>> How does this factor in to presidential politics in the Republican party? You've got McCain who's viewed as being in the guest worker camp.

Arnold Steinberg>> Well, I think you're going to have a position involved that's going to be just like some centrists. The centrist position is going to be enforcement and being a humanitarian. All the polling shows that, when you knock out the buzz word, you can say, "Are you for amnesty?", everybody's against amnesty. But if you give them a program that amounts to amnesty, they'll say yes.

I mean, if somebody who can prove he or she has been here five years or ten years and has learned English and has not committed any crime and is going to pay a fine and has some kids here, you know, the "Father Knows Best" perfect couple, then let's let them stay.

Lores Rizkalla>> Right.

Joe Hicks>> Do you think that kind of consensus will emerge at the party?

Lores Rizkalla>> I do believe that there are certain buzz words that we need to stay away from like amnesty, but I do believe that in reality you have a minimum of twelve million people who are here illegally, so we've got to have a realistic solution.

Arnold Steinberg>> We're going to have to see some real movement on immigration, on learning the language, and people getting into our society.

Joe Hicks>> That's got to be the last word. I think we've just about run out of time here and I think I'm out of coffee. Thanks a lot, guys, for coming in.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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