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Six Reasons Trump’s Wall Is Even Worse Than Most of His Other Ideas

At his turbulent news conference Wednesday, the president-elect reiterated that he will build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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Samantha Bee Learns She Should Have Criticized Obama’s Record on Deportations Sooner (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host got a hard dose of reality Wednesday night when she realized Democrats have also been doing some not-so-great things to immigrants.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America

A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Breaking Campaign Promise, Trump Now Says U.S. Taxpayers Will Pay for Border Wall

The president-elect took to Twitter to defend his move, claiming that Mexico would reimburse the United States for the cost of construction.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE



Obama, Deporter in Chief, Should Pardon the Undocumented

President Obama can use his immense power of the presidential pardon to de-escalate the war on immigrants, which otherwise threatens to get immeasurably worse under Donald Trump. 

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: What to Expect and Do if Stung by an Arizona Bark Scorpion

The 12th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” warns those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that though a sting by an Arizona bark scorpion is, for the most part, not lethal, it requires medical attention.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: If a Western Diamondback Bites You, ‘Borders Be Damned’

The 11th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” urges those crossing the border to phone for help immediately in life-and-death situations.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE



Six Important Executive Actions of President Obama That Donald Trump Is Targeting

As the incoming administration threatens to reverse nearly everything Obama has done, even nuclear deals are imperiled.

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Noam Chomsky’s Bold Request Before President Obama Leaves Office (Video)

The public intellectual released a video Friday saying that “President Obama should issue a general pardon to undocumented immigrants.”

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE


China on My Mind: Robert Scheer Interviews Hollywood Producer Janet Yang

On KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the veteran filmmaker about Donald Trump’s belligerence toward China and the experience of the American film industry doing business with the all-too-convenient “evil empire.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Public Banks Can Help Cities Honor Their Commitment to Give Sanctuary to Immigrants

Cities, counties and states, by chartering their own banks, can foster long-term economic stability and build a firewall against the incoming administration’s threats of financial blackmail.

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Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Child Care Facilities’? Judge Says No

After the ruling, nearly 500 mothers and children were released from detention centers in Texas.

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U.S. Becoming a Popular Destination for Rich Foreigners Avoiding Corruption Charges

Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of wrongdoing in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest.

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To Save the United States, Progressives Must Dispel the Economic Pain That Enabled Donald Trump

That begins with understanding how Democrats failed to address the mass trauma wrought by deindustrialization and its resulting racism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



How Election Night Felt to One Woman Living Under ‘Mixed Status’ Immigration Program

Cecilia Chavez (pictured with her mother) never imagined that the Republican candidate would be elected president.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Secret Cost of Chinese Buffets, Part 2

Passing as an undocumented worker seeking employment through covert channels, the author is bused to Georgia, where she experiences the long hours and scant pay thousands of others endure around the country.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE



What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for President Trump

The election of the Republican candidate, who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



America the Ingenious

Truthdig’s Allen Barra speaks with Kevin Baker, author of “America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World,” which explores the incredible diversity of inventions and innovations that arose from our country.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Who’s in the Kitchen at Chinese Restaurants?: An Investigative Report, Part 1

In this installment, the author applies for a job at an exploitative employment agency—one of many of its kind—that colludes with human traffickers and capitalizes on powerless immigrants.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE



Tom Hayden: Who Are You Calling an Immigrant?

From the archives: The fundamental issue underlying the attitudes of the May Day protesters is that “either the Mexicans (and other Latinos) are immigrants to a country called the United States or the U.S. is a Machiavellian power that denies occupying one-half of Mexico for 156 years.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: If Tarantulas ‘Cross Your Path’ in the Desert, Live and Let Live

The 10th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” debunks certain myths about the hairy arachnids, while explaining what will certainly occur to those who taunt the tarantula.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Beware of ‘Assassin Bees’

The ninth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” explains that Africanized bees, even when unprovoked, will attack humans.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



What Will Donald Trump Do if Elected President?

Armed with the finding that U.S. presidents fulfill more than 70 percent of their campaign promises, New Yorker contributor Evan Osnos spoke with a wide range of experts to try to determine what Trump will do if he wins.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE



Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: How to Wait Out the ‘Temper Tantrum’ of a Sandstorm

The eighth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” provides crucial tips the desert traveler can use as the sand turns to “sandpaper” and the heat suffocates during a journey across the Mexico-U.S. border.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Women Seeking Refuge: a Crisis Within a Crisis

Sexual violence is part of the price many women and girls fleeing their countries for Europe must pay. This crisis—notably dire for Africans—can be mitigated if refugee aid agencies give priority to specific female-centered measures.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


Gloater in Chief (Video)









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A Walkable Utopian City on the U.S.-Mexico Border

While Donald Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Canada, Hillary Clinton wants to build bridges—and Mexican architect Fernando Romero has envisioned one.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE



Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Cottonwoods and Animal Tracks Will Lead to Water in the Desert

The seventh poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” explains how clusters of cottonwood trees indicate a nearby spring, a crucial tip to surviving the desert border crossing between Mexico and the United States.

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Trump’s Family Policy









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Is Donald Trump an Aberration?

The policies Trump is advocating are the very policies initiated by Bill Clinton in the 1990s and—from border militarization to mass deportations—enthusiastically promoted by Barack Obama.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Phony Populism Doesn’t Feed the Family

The 2016 election was supposed to be the one in which the interests of the non-elite got a hearing. We still have two months to make it happen.

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Cast Your Vote: Do You Find Ajamu Baraka’s ‘Uncle Tom’ Comment Inappropriate?

This week, race relations were at the forefront of the political discussion, and the Green Party vice presidential nominee continued to face criticism for his racially charged remark. Truthdig invites you to weigh in on the issue.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Confirms Immigration Vision, Doubles Down on Inflammatory Rhetoric in Arizona Speech

The Republican presidential candidate’s message, says one critic, “couldn’t have been clearer: If you live without papers in America, you should live in fear.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE


Trump in Mexico









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Donald’s Trump Visit to Mexico Is Not the Real Irony—NAFTA Is

Redoing NAFTA would help stem desperate migration that is the source of much of the Republican nominee’s support.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: In Life-or-Death Matters, Taste Is Relative, Testing Is Crucial

The sixth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells us that while taste—like poetry—may seem irrelevant as one risks one’s life crossing the U.S.- Mexico border, it can be a means of survival.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


Conway vs. Coulter









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Cast Your Vote: Do You Support Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us how you feel about the Vermont senator’s new progressive organization.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Hot-Air Balloon Is Ripping

No one, at this point, should cling to the illusion that a vote for Trump is a vote for any specific policy on any given issue.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE


Change of Plans









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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Desert Fruits ‘Dethorned, Dethroned,’ Can Be ‘Delectably Edible’

The fifth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells readers they can survive up to three weeks without eating in the desert, but that certain fruits can safely fill one’s belly during the dangerous journey across the U.S.- Mexico border.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE



No Need to Build Donald Trump’s Wall—Its Logic Is Already Being Practiced

A draconian Border Patrol program may not be Trump’s promised structure, but it embodies the logic of his “wall”: Either you crossed illegally or you didn’t. And it is just one of many tough U.S. programs developed in recent decades.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE


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