SAN DIEGO -- President Trump only spent about three hours in America's Finest City last week.
It was barely enough time to get a cup of coffee. Or -- since San Diego was founded by the Spanish in 1769, and today hums along due in large part to the productivity of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans -- maybe a cafe con leche.
From the tone of...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Around this time of year, I remember to pour myself a wee bit of whiskey, listen to "Danny Boy" and pay my respects to one of my favorite tribes of rowdies and rogues.
They were the O.B.H. The Original Bad Hombres. Catholic immigrants, they came to these shores as throwaways from their homeland -- the kind of place that today ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Immigration has always made President Trump a wee bit loony. No rational person would say the United States is hurt by accepting risk-takers from "shithole" countries, paint immigrants as violent criminals and claim that Mexico is sending us its worst people. Just to scare up a few votes?
But now, the issue seems to have finally ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- I'm not used to defending President Trump, and I'm even more unaccustomed to feeling sorry for him. Now I'm doing both because of the raw deal that he got after a recent televised meeting on gun policy with lawmakers from both parties.
When Trump gets something wrong, the media and the special interests are quick to pounce. They ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- As a Latino opinion writer, I've had lots of people attack me by weaponizing the word "American."
A reader once scolded me for "writing like a Mexican" and told me to "write like an American." After a column where I described my love affair with this country, another reader sniped that my being American was "a technicality." And, ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Is anyone else embarrassed by the great American gun debate? It's not so great. In fact, much of it is absurd.
It's been two weeks since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, and we've learned that much of what went wrong in that case had nothing to do with guns.
It ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- In light of indictments handed down against 13 Russian nationals by special counsel Robert Mueller for attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, both liberals and conservatives have gravitated to the narrative that the Russians succeeded in dividing Americans, fostering tribalism and creating discord in our politics. I get why ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Americans are eager to talk about guns.
Half the country seems to be saying that firearms deserve all the blame for tragedies like these, while the other half is trying to exonerate guns completely. Both arguments are wrong.
Not that Americans shouldn't talk about guns -- and ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- One of my Mexican grandfather's favorite sayings was: Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres. Simply put, people judge you by the company you keep.
When we last tuned in to the sad but predictable telenovela starring Javier Palomarez, the president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was taking fire ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- If President Trump and the nativist wing of the GOP succeed in their suicide mission of cutting legal immigration to the United States, who's going to win all the Olympic medals?
Consider the heartwarming story of Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old snowboarder from Torrance, California, who won the gold medal in the women's half-pipe this ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- It's hard to remember a time when a simple four-page memo caused so much trouble.
Depending on how you feel about President Trump, the memo in question -- which was compiled by staffers in the office of Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee -- is either a smoking gun showing misbehavior by agencies during ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Dreamers may have done the immigration debate a big favor by killing the "a-word."
As they try to shoot down plans to legalize the undocumented, immigration restrictionists in both parties love using a certain term. For many of these folks, anything that allows illegal immigrants to lawfully remain in the United States -- by giving...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- I must be a bad American. At the very least, I'm a tad heartless and running a quart low on empathy. After all, until Donald Trump came along, I just had no idea that so many of my fellow Americans had it so tough.
That's one of the takeaways from President Trump's economic message, which has gone from a frown to a smile and then ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Judging from the most memorable line in President Trump's first State of the Union address, it turns out that "Americans are dreamers, too."
As Trump sees it, it's his duty -- and that of Congress -- to "defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream." All by ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The entire immigration debate -- over who comes, who goes, and who should stay -- has funneled down to one thing: ending the legal and bureaucratic nightmare caused by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The White House is poised to reveal the details of what it claims will be an immigration reform plan that can win ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- What ended the government shutdown after only two-and-a-half days?
My vote goes to a devastating 30-second ad that arrived on the scene with the subtlety of an airstrike.
"Democrats." "Murder." "Illegal immigrants."
Those radioactive buzzwords -- which were featured in the spot released by President Trump's re-election campaign ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The last few weeks of wall-to-wall coverage of the immigration debate by newspapers, talk radio and TV news convinced me of three things:
-- The ignorance about immigrants in the East Coast media capitals of New York and Washington D.C. is widespread and profound;
-- The debate is crying out for more honesty, nuance and common ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- I'm usually a gracious host. But did I ever tell you about the time that I threw someone out of my house?
This was about 15 years ago, when I was living in North Texas and working for The Dallas Morning News. As a Mexican-American whose grandfather came from what President Trump would call a "shithole" country, it might surprise ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- In 2007, I was at brunch with friends when politics came up. And suddenly, I found myself trying to explain why I thought a political newcomer from Illinois would vanquish a crowded field of more experienced candidates and become the Democratic presidential nominee.
I struggled. There was nothing on Barack Obama's resume to ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- President Trump sees the immigration issue as one big negotiation.
First you do something dramatic to shake things up and put the other side on unsure footing.
A couple days ago, the Trump administration withdrew Temporary Protected Status from about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who had been offered shelter by the George W. Bush ...Read more