Hot Lines and Hot Tempers

The telephone never stops ringing in the shabby downtown office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. "At what hospital did this happen?" David Paz Soldan, a 26-year-old lawyer, is patiently asking the Spanish-speaking caller. A moment later he is fielding another complaint: "You say police confiscated your car because you did not have a green card?"

The federal courts may have temporarily put a halt to enforcement of Proposition 187, but many Californians -- who passed the Nov. 8 initiative 59% to 41% -- appear to be ignoring the legal injunction and taking enforcement into their own...

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