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Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Border-First Hallucinations

The notion that the first thing to do is “secure the border” between the United States and Mexico—and only then worry about comprehensive immigration reform—falls somewhere between hopeful fantasy and cynical cop-out.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



Most Americans Support Arizona Immigration Law

Give us your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, because we already have an abundance of selfish, mean xenophobes. Polls show that most Americans support Arizona’s new immigration law, which makes it criminal to accept the Statue of Liberty’s invitation. (continued)

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Family Guy’ Creator Draws Parallels Between Arizona, Nazi Germany

There, he said it: Seth MacFarlane, the mind behind the hit man-’toon “Family Guy,” courted controversy once again during a recent interview by comparing Arizona’s already infamous new immigration law to the Nazis’ notorious practice of demanding to see people’s “papers.”

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


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L.A. Paves Way on May Day

According to police estimates, as many as 60,000 marchers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in a show of support for comprehensive immigration reform and against laws like Arizona’s recently passed SB 1070.

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AP / Bob Bird

Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Grilled; Oil Spilled; AZ Bill

The oil well spill that’s spewing 250,000 gallons of oil daily into the Gulf of Mexico is reaching shores and waterways now. Is “Drill, Baby, Drill” over now? Who will pay the political price? That same question can be asked in light of the Arizona immigration law: Who wins? Who loses?

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Arizona’s Immigration Debate Gets Californians Talking

Now that Arizona’s notorious SB 1070 has caught the nation’s attention, immigration may again move into front-and-center position in another Western state that is ever grappling with the issue. Yes, that would be our own Golden State of California.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


Past Statements Tell Present Truth About Immigration Law’s Goals

The true thinking behind Arizona’s immigration bill could be heard back in 2001, when the emotional aftermath of 9/11 momentarily removed politicians’ rhetorical filters.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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And Now, a Word From Shakira on Arizona SB 1070

She’s not an American, but she is a Latina, and Colombian pop star and self-professed “She Wolf” Shakira mobilized on Thursday for a visit to Arizona, where she was due to join forces with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon to protest the Grand Canyon State’s oppressive new immigration law.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

Stay Away From Arizona

This is much more than an immigrant issue. Giving police the authority to stop a person on the “reasonable suspicion” he or she is an illegal immigrant clears the way for the arrest of anyone. Other states are likely to follow with their own police-state rules.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Gordon Brown Caught Kvetching About ‘Bigoted’ Voter

After glad-handing a difficult voter who told of her concerns about immigration, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown retreated to the sanctity of his car, where he promptly described the woman as “bigoted.” Unfortunately for Brown, he was wearing a live microphone at the time.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Unconventional Arizona

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Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Boycotting Arizona’s Racism

Arizona was the only territory west of Texas to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy during the Civil War. A century later, it fought recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. This week, an anti-immigrant bill was signed into law.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



Mexico Warns Travelers About Arizona

The Mexican Foreign Ministry has issued an alert to all citizens living in or traveling to Arizona after the state passed an immigration law that essentially requires brown people to carry papers. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned,” the alert warns.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Immigration Law Sparks Protests, Debate in Arizona

In this AP clip covering reactions to Arizona SB 1070 throughout the state last weekend, one supporter, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, says, “I think the people of Arizona are fed up. They’re tired of the violence.” But which “people,” one might wonder, is he talking about? ...  (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Arizona’s Act of Vengeance

Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination—racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


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S.F. City Attorney Calls for ‘Sweeping Boycott’ of Arizona

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera drew parallels Monday between Arizona’s refusal to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the adoption of its new, controversial immigration law. By way of sending a strong message in protest, Herrera proposed ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Latinos in the Limelight Tweet About Arizona’s Immigration Law

George Lopez, Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria worked their Twitter platforms over the weekend to protest the passage of Arizona’s contested and detested new immigration law. For his part, comic Lopez cracked wise about racial profiling, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Taco Bell ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Is No Fan of Arizona’s New Immigration Bill

President Obama made it clear during a speech on Friday that he’s not on board with Arizona’s new “misguided” immigration bill, which would, among other things, require immigrants to carry their paperwork with them at all times. Updated

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / So Cal Metro

Border Agents Shoot Man at Tijuana Crossing

Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Passes Harsh Anti-Immigration Bill

It’s a sad day for anyone who is not a xenophobic, anti-immigrant militant: Arizona has passed the harshest anti-immigrant bill in the country, giving police the authority to detain anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally and arrest them if they don’t have papers.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Victor Calzada

Arizona Bears Down on Illegal Immigrants

Arizona is known for its anti-immigration climate, with vigilante sheriffs seemingly ruling the day. Now, that anti-immigration sentiment may be about to be implemented by the state’s political system, as the Legislature votes on a bill that would significantly toughen laws against undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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National Minuteman Group Disbanding After Its Leader’s Angry E-Mail

After sending an e-mail on March 16 telling members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to come “locked, loaded and ready” to Arizona’s border with Mexico, group President Carmen Mercer discovered that some from the radical anti-immigration group’s ranks ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Laura Rauch

Profiting From Immigration Injustice

Business is booming in Arizona, thanks to a disturbing federal immigration program that transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to a private prison company, parasitic attorneys and other opportunists.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


Let the Haitians In

Haitians need to be allowed into the United States, legally, compassionately and immediately. I visited hospitals and clinics in Port-au-Prince, with thousands of people waiting for care, and amputations happening with ibuprofen or Motrin, if patients were lucky.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Immigration Debate Finds Center In Phoenix

A huge rally will converge in Phoenix on Saturday with activists calling for federal action to address Arizona’s immigration problems. At the center of it all is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man accused of racial profiling in his notorious crusade against undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Ben the Builder Has a New Fence in Mind

Possibly inspired by that thing on the U.S.-Mexican border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will construct a $1.5 billion fence along sections of its border with Egypt, claiming it will “ensure the Jewish and democratic character” of Israel.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adriana Sapone

Italian Town Aims Wrath at Migrant Workers

Tensions over immigration in a small Italian town have erupted in violent attacks on African farmworkers, leading police to remove 300 migrants from the community and send them to holding centers—accompanied by cheers from the townsfolk.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Ends AIDS Immigration Discrimination

For 22 years, people with HIV and AIDS have been banned from entering the U.S. It’s pretty difficult to throw a global AIDS conference under such circumstances, which is why the policy is coming to an end.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Arizona Sheriff Defies White House Order

Joe Arpaio, a notoriously anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff, in October was ordered by the White House to stop using his deputies to conduct federal immigration duties. Since then, he has launched investigations of his critics and become more aggressive in his sweeps against immigrants.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Lou Dobbs for President?

Now that he’s been cut loose from his contract at CNN, former anchor Lou Dobbs is free to do his thing unencumbered by any constraints imposed by media bosses or by archaic notions of journalistic objectivity. What, you might wonder, would “his thing” be? Well, it seems as if this self-declared champion of the middle class isn’t ruling out a run for office ... yes, even that office.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Dobbs Blames It on Obama

The folks at Fox News are going to love this one: Lou Dobbs may have left his desk at CNN, but that doesn’t mean he’ll cut out the crazy talk anytime soon. He believes his decline at the network began when President Barack Obama was elected. However, it’s unclear how exactly that might account for the drop in his ratings.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


Dobbs’ Nightmare

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Immigration Overhaul Campaign Takes Shape

Following through on a pledge made by President Obama earlier this year, the White House has announced it will insist on measures that give legal status to an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in a push for overhaul of the existing immigration system beginning early next year.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


Lou Dobbs
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Lou Dobbs Leaves CNN

We may not have seen the last of him on TV, but Lou Dobbs is done at CNN, having struck a deal to leave his anchor post at the cable channel immediately. In regard to what he’s doing next, Dobbs played coy while announcing his departure on camera Wednesday, saying only that he was “considering a number of options and directions.”

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



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CNN, Dobbs Under Fire

CNN is in some agua caliente with pro-immigration groups after airing a four-hour “Latino in America” documentary—an attempt to woo a Latino audience—while at the same time employing Lou Dobbs, the commentator notorious for his anti-immigration views.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009 READ MORE



citizensrequired.com

Sun Sets on Anti-Immigration Sheriff

Joe Arpaio, a sheriff in Arizona known for his rabid anti-immigration stance and poor treatment of undocumented immigrants in his custody, has finally lost the federal power to enforce immigration law—a power reserved for federal agents, not county sheriffs.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde

Migration Is a Win-Win-Win

An independent report commissioned by the U.N. has found that migration is simply good economics for everyone involved. The world’s billion migrants actually boost employment in their destination communities while improving conditions back home.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Rep. Joe Wilson
AP / Harry Hamburg

Wilson and Our National Character

If you saw a woman struck by a car, would you call an ambulance right away? Or would you first ask for her papers to make sure she was not an illegal immigrant?

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Is Rep. Joe Wilson Winning?

The White House was worried President Obama’s major health care address would get lost in the commemorations of 9/11. They didn’t know about Joe Wilson, the heretofore unknown South Carolina congressman who is now the national poster boy for the disaffected and ill-informed white people hurling tea bags and insults at the president.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


ICE Raids
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ICE Cools It on the Quotas

A controversial program that had set quotas for the arrest of undocumented immigrants is finally over. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to bust into homes and workplaces, arresting and deporting illegal immigrants—some without deportation orders or criminal records—agents will no longer have a hard number that has to be met.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Interrogation of ‘King Khan’ Sparks Outrage

This has to rank among the more embarrassing airport diplomacy blunders in post-9/11 America: U.S. immigration officials pulled Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh “King” Khan aside for questioning at the Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, failing to recognize the “King of Bollywood,” thus causing an international stir of a decidedly undesirable sort.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE



UNICEF Iran / Hevash Ghader

U.S. Treats Refugees Like Terrorists

McClatchy reports on a section of the Patriot Act that bizarrely requires the U.S. to treat certain refugees as terrorists. Sami Alkarim, an Iraqi artist who was tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime, can’t get his status sorted “because of messenger work he did as a teenager for the same political party that counts the current prime minister of Iraq as a member.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 READ MORE


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New, Softer Approach to Illegal Workers

The immigration raids of the Bush years that have carried over into the Obama administration may be changing. The era of federal agents busting into shops and rounding up undocumented workers for deportation is being replaced by a new effort to use fines and civil sanctions, making employers responsible, rather than the workers themselves.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Khampha Bouaphanh

America’s ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration

While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


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