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Reagan’s Defense of Collective Bargaining

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan defended collective bargaining as a fundamental human freedom. Soon after his election victory, both he and others in his party promptly forgot that stand.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

China Ambassador’s American Tale

President Obama nominated Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary, to be the next U.S. ambassador to arguably the most important country in the world. Locke’s grandfather, who left China to work in Washington state as a servant paid in English lessons, would be proud, but then ... (more)

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Amis

Tough Going for Anti-Immigration Bills

Momentum has shifted against anti-immigrant bills like Arizona’s SB 1070 in the more than 20 states that have tried to institute copycat laws. Most efforts have failed to gain legislative traction, with bills dying in committee or simply being voted down.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE



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U.K. Poll Shows a Far-Right Swing

In a worrisome poll conducted in the United Kingdom, a whopping 48 percent of respondents said they would consider supporting a new anti-immigration nationalist party that was void of the violence and fascist imagery usually associated with the far right.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE


How I Passed My U.S. Citizenship Test: By Keeping the Right Answers to Myself

I passed, and, my fellow Americans, you could too—if you don’t mind providing answers that you know are wrong.

Posted on Feb 23, 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


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Cameron Criticizes Multiculturalism

In a strike against multiculturalism, David Cameron, in his first address on terrorism as prime minister, has derided the “passive tolerance” toward certain Muslim groups and demanded a return to a more “muscular liberalism” and a stronger national identity.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Christine Yvette Lewis and Domestic Workers United

You may have caught sight of Christine Yvette Lewis setting Stephen Colbert straight with lines such as “Woman’s work is real work and it should be compensated.” Lewis is a working nanny and member of Domestic Workers United, a group that organizes the “invisible work force” of in-home cleaners and caregivers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Arizona Congresswoman Shot (Update 3)

A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday. ... (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

New Year’s Call for a Border Reboot

In light of a recent murder, and considering that we are about to ring in a new year, I think the time has come to reframe the border discussion.

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AP / Cliff Owen

GOP Gets Ready to Rumble in 2011

Yes, Democrats scored some big legislative victories in Congress over the last two years and, as President Obama noted earlier in the week, the Dems were able to overcome “gridlock” (in no small part because they commanded the majority of the House and Senate) ...

Posted on Dec 23, 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.

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AP / Jason Redmond

Dream Act Is Dead for This Year

The U.S. Senate has failed us again. On a 55-41 vote, the proposed Dream Act, an immigration reform measure aimed at paving the way to citizenship for undocumented students who attend college, has effectively been killed for this year.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 READ MORE


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California’s Top Court Upholds Undocumented Immigrant Tuition Policy

Even the California Supreme Court’s conservative contingent agreed Monday to uphold a ruling that gives undocumented immigrants a chance to partake in in-state tuition rates at participating institutions of higher learning.

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No Capitol Hill Job for Right-Wing Radio Host

Joyce Kaufman isn’t going to Capitol Hill after all. On Thursday, the controversial conservative radio host from South Florida announced that she had decided not to follow tea party fave and Congressman-elect Allen West to Washington as his chief of staff.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Canada Reports Huge Jump in Immigration

Canadian immigration officials have reported a huge increase in the number of requests for Canadian citizenship in the past 24 hours, with more than 55 million such inquiries pouring in since late Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


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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



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SB 1070’s Day in Court

The anti-immigration SB 1070 will soon have its day in court. Arizona’s toxic new law is on the docket of a federal appeals court in San Francisco for Monday. The justices are expected to consider what exactly is the role of state and local authorities in immigration issues.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Lawmaker Fights Boycott Backlash

Raul Grijalva is a four-term congressman from southern Arizona. Yet in the wake of the state’s SB1070 anti-immigrant legislation, the historically shoo-in Democrat is locked in a tight race with his Republican challenger after Grijalva had the gall to back a national boycott campaign against the Grand Canyon State.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Clemens Bilan

Merkel: Multiculturalism Has Failed

Maybe she sipped a bit too much during Oktoberfest, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stumbled to the right after she claimed that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” stirring the proverbial cultural melting pot to suggest that immigrants have not effectively integrated into German society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE


California Debate Heats Up Over Immigration

What are the odds that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s having hired and fired an undocumented worker would come up during the Univision debate? Opponent Jerry Brown lets Whitman have it for, like the worst rich-lady stereotype, blaming the housekeeper.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



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France to Take Roma Fingerprints

The immigration debate in France just got a bit hairier. After the government publicly rounded up and expelled more than 10,000 Roma in this year alone, French authorities have announced they will begin to use a biometric fingerprinting system to discourage those who were expelled from coming back.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Meg Whitman’s Immigration Woes

According to the very busy and seemingly ubiquitous attorney Gloria Allred, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has run afoul of her own public stance on the immigration issue by virtue of having allegedly hired an undocumented worker to help in her home for nearly a decade.

Posted on Sep 29, 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.

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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


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Dream Act

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Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


Carly Fiorina No Es Mi Amiga

The latest video from our friends at Brave New Films takes on Senate prospect Carly Fiorina, who, like all ambitious California politicians, is courting the Latino vote. But Fiorina’s “Amigos de Carly” site doesn’t make much mention of her support for Arizona’s immigration law.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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American Apparel Unraveling

American Apparel, the paradoxical clothing firm that weaves together good labor practices with ridiculous acts of misogyny, is hanging by the proverbial economic thread as its stock plunges to an all-time low and industry experts begin to seriously doubt the company’s future.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David Maung

$600 Million to Beef Up Border Security

Who would have thought the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama would include a whopping $600 million for increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border for surveillance technologies and 1,000 more Border Patrol agents?

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Illegal Immigration Isn’t the Only Thing Infuriating Arizona Residents

At midnight on July 15, Arizona’s Department of Public Safety pulled the plug on dozens of speed cameras that criss-crossed state highways, part of a widely loathed program to catch traffic violators and control erratic driving. This at a time when every other government agency around the nation is steadily adopting as many enhanced security technologies as possible.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Michael Dwyer

Brewer Riding High After SB 1070

In the months leading up to SB 1070’s passing, Jan Brewer was seen as just a fill-in as Arizona governor and a laggard in the coming election for the post. Now after signing the anti-immigrant legislation, she is enjoying success within the party and is considered a certainty to win the state’s GOP primary in two weeks.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ralph Freso

Why U.S. v. Arizona Matters

Some metrics drawn from football metaphors might help to convey more clearly the magnitude of Judge Bolton’s ruling. If a lawsuit was scored like a football game, the score might be of this magnitude: United States 48, Arizona 6.   

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


‘Dropping Babies,’ Abandoning Principles

Rather than shout, I’ll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party’s greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama in Detroit; Immigration in Arizona; Wrangling Rangel

President Obama gave a rousing speech in Detroit, where he said the stimulus has helped the area’s economy but reminded everyone that the road ahead is hard. The Arizona immigration law suffered a temporary setback ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE



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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



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Right Aims Its Wrath at Sanctuary Cities

As the U.S. Justice Department preps for a federal case against Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 anti-immigrant law, many supporters of the bill are accusing the federal government of intentionally overlooking the more than 40 “sanctuary cities” that have popped up around the country.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matt York

U.S. Gov’t Aiming to Stop Arizona Law Before It Starts

Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070, is due to kick in July 29, at which point local law-enforcement officials will begin exploring what the term “reasonable suspicion” means to them. But not if the federal government can help it.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Hybels
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Unlikely Allies in Immigration Reform

President Obama is preparing for another drawn-out legislative and public battle over yet another contentious and unwieldy issue: immigration reform. But in this case, he may get help from some surprising sources at the right of the political spectrum.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Laura Rauch

Xenophobia Goes National

As legal and activist battles continue to be waged in Arizona against the anti-immigration laws it passed this year, a number of other states are also are a xenophobic path, with many passing legislation that restricts immigrants’ access to in-state tuition or public benefits.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Utah Agency at Heart of Undocumented List Leak

A list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants has been given to Utah media and state policymakers—a list that includes individuals’ first and last names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even pregnancy due dates—and many are looking to a particular state agency as the culprit for the leak.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



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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


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AP / Michael Dwyer

Arizona Crosses the Line

The news coverage of the Obama administration’s efforts to stop the Arizona immigration law is missing the point by focusing on politics rather than the merits of the federal government’s case.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Justice

Feds Rev Up for Second Arizona Suit

As Arizona and the rest of the nation prepare for the state’s controversial anti-immigration SB 1070 bill to go into effect, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has suggested that the federal government may file yet another suit against the beleaguered state “if the U.S. believes racial profiling is taking place.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Avery

ICE Raids Go Silent

The federal government has changed its approach to immigration raids at factories and farms. Instead of busting their way into workplaces, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are now scouring employment records that then can result in the firing of undocumented workers.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Obama Anti-Business?; U.S. v. Ariz.

How did this “Obama is anti-business” political meme begin and what does it mean? Is the U.S. v. Ariz. immigration suit going to be good or bad for the Democrats and Obama—and where does McCain stand on it?

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


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More States to Join Arizona in Annals of Immigration Infamy?

The conflict is still raging over Arizona’s oppressive SB 1070 immigration law, to say the least—we’re talking lawsuit-from-the-White-House-level conflict here—but that’s not stopping at least three other states from ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Channels Bush in Speech on Immigration

President Obama’s immigration speech on Thursday, according to a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, bore an extraordinary similarity to the one delivered by his predecessor back in 2006.

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Kagan & Immigration

The employment situation is looking grim for our nation. What’s to be done? And financial regulation got derailed—score another one for big banking! Can “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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