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    JOSE GASPAR: New citizens achieve their dream

    By Jose Gaspar
    Sunday, Apr 06 2014 04:00 PM

    They came from all over the world including China, India, Israel, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. A week ago today, 23 immigrants came together in the Tehachapi Mountains to achieve a milestone moment in their lives. They became full-fledged citizens of the United States.

    If you have never been to a naturalization ceremony, consider attending one and take your children with you. You will witness how immigrants the world over appreciate and count their blessings at having achieved citizenship and all the rights and responsibilities that come with it. Some may speak in broken English, but the message is very clear.

    "I feel so happy and so lucky, not all people can be American citizens," said an emotional Mingxia Zhang. Born and raised...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Cesar Chavez movie brings local history to the big screen

    As my older brother and I approached the entrance to the supermarket that summer day in 1969, there were perhaps 10 or so men and women near the store's entrance with handwritten signs that read, "Boycott Jewel's" and "Justice for...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Go to court, get deported

    Kern County Superior Court Executive Officer Terry McNally is eager to dispel rumors that any court personnel is in cahoots with immigration officials by tipping them off about a person's legal status. "It's pure speculation," said...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Abused farmworkers often afraid to speak out

    At what point does a victim of sexual abuse say enough is enough and denounce the perpetrator? What if your job and the means to support your children lie in the hands of that perpetrator? If you are threatened with being fired and...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Anemic Hispanic enrollment a big problem for Obamacare

    Ever since he started working as an adult, the 25-year-old father had never had a job that provided health benefits. All trips to the doctor as well as prescriptions for him and his wife were paid by them. In fact, Hermes Castro of Lamont...

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    JOSE GASPAR: McFarland officer has misdemeanor conviction

    A McFarland police officer recently promoted to the rank of commander turns out to have a criminal record. Documents from San Bernardino County Superior Court reveal that in 2009, Steven Nieves was arrested by Fontana police and charged...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Sadly, it'd take a 'Hail Mary' to get immigration reform done this year

    Going once, going twice... it appears "leaders" in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will fail to pass any comprehensive immigration reform this year. When Congress returns to work Tuesday, there will be just 16...

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    JOSE GASPAR: New laws rightfully protect California's undocumented

    While Congress carries on with its political shenanigans, ignoring the people's business, California Gov. Jerry Brown made it real clear he isn't waiting any longer on immigration-related issues. And with good reason. California has...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Too many people in ag-rich Kern suffer hunger pains

    Fourteen years ago, Rose Rangle was married and had four children. With both Rose and her husband out of a job, the family fell on hard financial times and depended on food stamps and government aid for survival. Times were rough. "It's...

  10. JOSE GASPAR: Judge awards sex offender custody of daughter

    Can a convicted sex offender be a good father? At least one person -- a judge, no less -- says yes. In a child custody case that has left many observers shaking their heads, Oklahoma County Judge Howard Haralson awarded custody of a...

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    JOSE GASPAR: 25 and still liking it

    Let me get one thing straight. I am not Kurt Rivera, the guy who reads the news on TV. You would think that after 25 years of seeing my smiling face on KBAK Eyewitness News, people would know the difference between my colleague and myself....

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    JOSE GASPAR: A tale of two congressmen

    This is a tale of two congressmen who came to Bakersfield last week. One's a Democrat, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and the other a Republican, Rep. David Valadao of Hanford. Their mission: to find common ground on the politically...

  13. JOSE GASPAR: House stands in way of immigration reform

    After months of contentious debate, the U.S. Senate has finally passed the first significant piece of legislation on immigration reform in years. The bill was crafted by a bipartisan group of four Democrats and four Republicans, hence the... Daily Deal!

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