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Thomas A. Saenz

Entries by Thomas A. Saenz

Federal Reform Must Bar State and Local Regulation of Immigration

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 7:16 PM

As the Senate Judiciary Committee debates S.744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, few would question that last November's election vote -- particularly the disproportionate support of Latinos for the president -- motivated congressional consideration of immigration reform after many years with no progress. The key question is whether lawmakers will...

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Argument That Voting Rights Act Is Dead in Los Angeles Demonstrates the Opposite

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 1:21 PM

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will soon decide upon new district lines for themselves and, as a result of term limits about to take effect for four of the five supervisors, for their successors elected in the next decade. Unlike the state legislature, which relinquished the authority to...

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Projected Latino Prominence Should Play Greater Role in Lifetime Judicial Appointments

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 5:40 PM

Sometime this week, the Senate will confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Her confirmation will, far too late in our history, mark the first time that one-third of the Court's sitting justices are women. Following President Obama's historic nomination last year of Sonia...

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Measuring SB 1070's Nationwide Detriment to Law and Order

(102) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 10:00 AM

In a legislative journey full of contradictions, perhaps the greatest irony surrounding the enactment of Arizona's SB 1070 is that the law was championed by elected officials who purport to be supporters of law and order. In fact, the new law presents a serious threat to public safety, not just...

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