Trump’s wall is a 12th-century solution to 21st-century problem

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..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

The Irish were the original bad hombres

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..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Trump and California go to war over ‘sanctuary’ mirage

SAN DIEGO — Immigration has always made President Donald 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 Mexico is sending us its worst people. Just to scare up a..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Tucker Carlson has become the classic ‘ugly’ American

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..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

America’s not so great gun debate

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..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

America was divided alright — but not by the Russians

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..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

America needs to talk about a lot more than just guns

SAN DIEGO – After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., 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.


Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Hispanic organizations court Trump, wind up with scandal

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..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

America’s Olympic champions come from many backgrounds

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,..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns
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