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‘This Land’: The Pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Woody Guthrie at the Super Bowl

By beginning with “God Bless America” and then switching to “This Land Is Your Land,” Lady Gaga offered a subtle but radical critique of the president’s policies.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 READ MORE


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Politics at the Super Bowl: Commercials Play on Immigration Theme, Lady Gaga Plays It Low-Key

By Kasia Anderson

Despite rumors that there would be a politically charged halftime show and an ensuing boycott from the right, main act Lady Gaga delivered a tame performance, while corporate sponsors took bigger risks.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Saturday Night Live’ Skewers Immigration Ban (Video)

Beck Bennett (pictured) plays a Homeland Security agent in a skit inspired by Donald Trump’s workplace troubles. Also, episode host Kristen Stewart works in a few zingers at the president’s expense.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Immigration Ban

U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle, a George W. Bush appointee, suspended Trump’s executive order on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

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Straightening It Out [a cartoon from the United Arab Emirates]









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Trump’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Campaign and the Early Resistance

The anti-Trump movement needs to do more than elevate the political power of corporate-captive Blue America over corporate-captive Red America.

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The Wall









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Trump Can’t Make America Great Again Without Immigrants (Video)

People like Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon are doomed to disappointment if they think white birthrates can fuel the country’s economic growth.

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Senate Democrats Delay Sessions’ Confirmation Amid Concerns Rule of Trump Will Trump Rule of Law

Legislators worry that as attorney general, Sessions will act as a rubber stamp for the president and his policies.

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 READ MORE


Frank Advice









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Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ May Spark a Constitutional Crisis, Says Free Speech Activist

If security agencies are violating a court order to halt the deportation of green card holders and allow the detained to access lawyers, “the rule of law has completely broken down.”

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America First









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American Psychosis

The barrage of lies from demagogues such as Donald Trump creates profound cognitive dissonance among the population that ends in a nationwide collective mental illness.

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Federal Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Ban

Following protests at a number of airports across the country and legal intervention by civil liberties watchdog groups, a U.S. District Court temporarily halts the deportation of people with valid visas or approved refugee papers.

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Borders [a cartoon from Greece]









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Protesters Descend on Kennedy International, Demanding Release of Detained Travelers

Crowds gathered Saturday outside the New York airport, where travelers were held as a result of President Trump’s executive order on refugees.

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No Crocodile Tears for Cubans ‘Left Behind’ by Obama’s Immigration Change

Cubans were able to enter the U.S. without visas because of the politically driven assumption that they needed to escape the horrors of the Castro regime.

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From Tweet to Trade War? Trump Upends U.S.-Mexico Relations

It takes the president less than a week to create a major rift with one of the nation’s neighbors and chief trading partners.

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Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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. 

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



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.”

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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.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



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)









Posted on Sep 22, 2016 ENLARGE



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.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE


Trump’s Family Policy









Posted on Sep 18, 2016 ENLARGE


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