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Tag: Immigrants

VIDEO: Jorge Ramos on Why More Immigrants = Less Crime

When politicians blame immigrants for some of the most significant problems in the U.S., many people might believe that the vast majority of immigrants here without permission are criminals. Journalist and broadcaster Jorge Ramos explains why the opposite is true.

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Protector Pope

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Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Evan Vucci

Immigration: Presidents Have the Power, but Does Obama Have the Guts?

Protecting immigrants from deportation, permitting them to come out of the shadows, is the right thing to do.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE

Has Obama Lost Democrats the Latino Vote?

The president’s decision to postpone immigration reform may cost some senators their seats, and, according to one Democratic congressman, Obama may even start a “civil war” within his own political party.

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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart on GOP Response to Refugee Crisis: ‘What the Fuck Is Wrong With You? These Are Children’

Obviously, the thing to do with the hundreds of children fleeing crippling poverty and violence is “shout at them in a language they don’t understand,” the “Daily Show” host explains.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

Impeaching Liberty

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The Goalie

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Detention Center

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Tea Party Immigration Dunk

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Jose Antonio Vargas’ ‘Documented’ on Plight of Undocumented to Air on CNN After Theatrical Release

I was privileged to see a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ breathlessly awaited documentary, “Documented,” when I was in Los Angeles last week.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

‘Obama Is Trying to Vanish Us’

As the number of deportations under President Obama approaches 2 million, hundreds have gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border this week to support a group of undocumented youths and families seeking re-entry into the United States.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Practice Law in California

Sergio Garcia has been waiting for his green card for 19 years, but thanks to a California Supreme Court ruling, he can now be admitted to the state’s bar and fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney regardless of his immigration status.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE

Cellphones Are Interfering With Your Brainwaves

Scientists have discovered that radiation from cellphones has affected the way our brains have evolved to function; newsrooms all over the country are downsizing and becoming digital in the process; meanwhile, Germany denies Edward Snowden asylum yet again, but this time wants to find a way to question him. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE

Classroom Seating Chart

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Happy Fourth of July Wherever You Come From

In the days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began arresting, without charges, Japanese immigrants in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii who were on government lists as possible threats to national security.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


Debunking Myths: The Truth About Immigration Reform and the Economy (Video)

The battle over immigration reform is often about economic fear — fear that immigrants are hurting the economy for native born Americans. But that fear is based on several economic myths.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE

Border Security Industry

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The Dreamer

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Immigration Reform Piñata

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The Gang of Hate

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Immigration Reform

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Immigration Reform

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Path to Citizenship

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Border Control

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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears “illegal” immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears ‘illegal’ immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE

Bright Immigrants Promise Bright Future for America

For the second straight year, Granada Hills Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles has won the National Academic Decathlon.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE

‘Frontline’ Investigates Obama’s Record Deportations

This year the United States will deport 400,000 immigrants, a million since Obama took office, reports PBS’ “Frontline” in a groundbreaking investigation of the president’s immigration policies. In short: Obama makes George W. Bush look soft.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / jim.greenhill (CC-BY)

ICE Arrests Almost 3,000 Convicted Criminal Immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that the agency had arrested almost 3,000 immigrants previously convicted of crimes. The arrests came in a seven-day “Cross Check” operation that spanned all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Ben Piven (CC-BY)

The NYPD’s ‘Moroccan Initiative’

An Associated Press investigative team revealed in an article Thursday ways that, sometime around 2003 or 2004, part of the New York Police Department transformed from being a public security service that solved murders and muggings to a mini domestic intelligence agency that targeted the Moroccan Muslim community.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

Dan Bennett (CC-BY)

McCain Blames Wildfires on Immigrant Smoke Signals (Video)

While five wildfires burn up Arizona, Sen. John McCain has decided now is the perfect time for demagoguery. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE

The Lopsided Law of Wall Street

The lopsided law of immigration vs. Wall Street, humans actually do make it rain, and Glenn Beck goes after Google. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Elio Desiderio

Italy Declares Emergency Over Migrants

A humanitarian emergency has been declared in Italy after boatloads of migrants from revolution-racked Tunisia began arriving on a tiny Italian isle in the Mediterranean.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE


Greek Border Fence Plan Sparks Violence

Pro-migrant marchers were attacked by far-right stone throwers in Athens as they protested plans to build an eight-mile-long fence on Greece’s border with Turkey aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Sunday Alamba

Civil War Warnings in Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to step aside after losing to a rival in November’s presidential election, has warned that any foreign intervention could spark an “interior war.”

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jason Redmond

Undocumented Students Give Congress an F

Some of the nearly 2 million young people who would have benefited from the Dream Act blame Washington insiders for the legislation’s demise.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE

Churchy State

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE

SB 1070 sign
Flickr / Arasmus Photo

Prison-Industrial Complex Helped Write and Pass SB 1070

An investigation by National Public Radio has found that prison companies that were set to make significant gains from the criminalization of immigrants helped write and pass Arizona’s controversial law SB 1070.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE

This Joke’s on Congress

Stephen Colbert is no Elmo—which is why it was crazy for House Democrats to have him testify before a subcommittee last week about migrant labor.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE

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Coming Out as Undocumented

Coming out was one of the hardest things Viridiana Hernandez, a 19-year-old student from Grand Canyon University, has had to do.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE

Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington

After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience. Media outrage ensued, but as Firedoglake points out, Colbert has done more for the powerless in this instance than any of the “blow-dried idiots that sit around the White House press room.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE

Colbert Testifies With Truthiness

With a wit unheard of on Capitol Hill, Stephen Colbert has taken his message of truthiness and testified in front of Congress on behalf of migrant farmworkers, citing his expertise on the matter after spending an entire day in the picking fields.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE

Immigration as Partisanship

Christmas came early for demagogues. The court decision putting a hold on the worst provisions of Arizona’s new anti-Latino immigration law is a gift-wrapped present to those who delight in turning truth, justice and the American way into political liabilities.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / ThreadedThoughts (CC-BY-ND)

Judge Defangs Arizona Immigration Law

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton decided Wednesday that SB 1070’s most controversial bits, such as requiring immigrants to carry papers wherever they go, will have to wait until the courts can sort out the mess. As written, the law, which was set to take effect Thursday, would restrict the liberty of “lawfully-present aliens,” the judge said.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / las - initially (CC-BY-ND)

Utah Immigrant List Terrorizes Residents

Utah authorities are investigating an “illegal immigrants” list sent anonymously to the media and law enforcement. The document contains 1,300 names along with private information such as home addresses and even pregnancy due dates. Needless to say, Utah residents who suspect they might be on the list are panicked.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE

Thousands March on Phoenix (Updated)

An estimated 50,000 Thousands of people walked five miles through the streets and heat of Phoenix on Saturday in protest of Arizona’s new immigration law, which is slated to take effect July 29.

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE

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