They can’t vote, but undocumented immigrants are California’s newest political force

As reported by the Orange County Register:

They live in the country illegally. They pepper their rallies with the chant “undocumented and unafraid.” And they cannot vote.

Still, some politicians have heard their voices.

In California, undocumented immigrants have political clout.

“Today, we remind the rest of the nation that California is different,” said state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, in an April news conference to promote 10 bills he and others believe will help people in the country illegally.

The proposals ranged from a $1 billion plan to extend state-subsidized health care to the undocumented, to the establishment of a new state office that would make it easier for some immigrant crime victims to avoid deportation.

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‘American Sniper’ May Miss Academy Awards Target

From the Orange County Register:

Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” is playing to packed houses and, by early February, earned $281,398,352 in domestic box office alone. But the violation of Hollywood taboos might leave the movie shortchanged on Oscar night.

The blockbuster film has drawn fire from movie stars and filmmakers such as Michael Moore, who charges that snipers are “cowards.” More is going here than meets the eye.

Long before he produced and directed “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood played detective Harry Callahan in the 1971 “Dirty Harry.” This was the first movie to talk back to liberalism, then preoccupied with the rights of violent criminals. A similar dynamic is going on with “American Sniper.”

The film shows American troops engaging the kinds of people they actually fight these days …

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Lloyd Billingsley is author of “Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry.”