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nytimes.com

L.A. Police Chief Sides With Marchers

As many as 60 LAPD officers have been pulled from the streets, following a violent clash with protesters on May 1. Chief William Bratton has called some of the actions of the officers, who attempted to break up an apparently peaceful and lawful rally by firing 148 rubber bullets, “indefensible.”

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

L.A. Mayor’s Back in Town

After traveling to El Salvador and Mexico during the week that began with a May Day clash between immigration rights demonstrators and the LAPD, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wisely decided on Friday to cut his sojourn short by five days and return home to deal with the fallout.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


L.A. Police, Crowds Clash at May Day Rally

Around 35,000 protesters marched for immigrants’ and workers’ rights in Los Angeles on May Day, according to the L.A. Times.  Other sources give higher numbers for this year’s turnout.  The rallies continued without major incident until the early evening, when police in riot gear arrived to break up a gathering at MacArthur Park.  Watch the clip

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Borders, Bullies and Global Health

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is hurting politically, and so he has despicably turned against the vulnerable, arguing recently that Australia should have a blanket ban against HIV-positive immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Immigrants Protest Bush Proposal

Immigrant rights groups are voicing their opposition to the president’s new migrant worker plan, which would allow undocumented workers to buy $3,500 permits every three years to remain in the country. Democrats and the Catholic Church have also criticized the proposed policy, which is harsher and costlier than a previous proposal supported by Bush.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Author Schools Colbert on Race

In this recent clip from “The Colbert Report,” author Michael Eric Dyson instructs the show’s self-professedly “colorblind” host about the differences between race, bigotry and racism.  Displaying his keen sense of racial sensitivity, Stephen Colbert claims that the only way he knows he’s a white man is “because I have a late-night talk show.” 

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Cubans Sneak In During Border Drill at Miami

A huge border enforcement drill involving hundreds of agents chasing make-believe migrants on the Miami shoreline proved to be hugely successful for some 40 actual Cuban refugees Thursday.  Two incoming boatloads squeaked by the “Operation Vigilant Sentry” squads, including one group of 21 that came ashore at a nudist beach.

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We’ll Lock Up Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

If Lady Liberty wasn’t bolted down, she would get up and walk away, having witnessed the abusive imprisonment that America’s broken immigration system imposes on the asylum seekers, torture victims and innocent families who had the criminal impulse to search for a better life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Will ‘Welcome’ Cuban Migrants to Gitmo

The Department of Defense plans to build an $18-million facility at Guantanamo Bay in anticipation of mass migration following the eventual death of Fidel Castro. Administration officials say the housing center will be needed for interdicted Cuban migrants now that space normally used in such an event is taken up by the detention and interrogation facility that holds suspected terrorists.
(h/t: Boing Boing)

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Anne Frank
wikipedia.org

Anne Frank’s Family Failed in 1941 Bid to Flee to U.S.

Newly released documents show that Anne Frank’s father attempted to move the family to the United States, but he was not granted a visa. Otto Frank was granted a Cuban visa, but the order was canceled after Germany declared war on the U.S.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


drivers' license
secureidnews.com

States Revolt Against ID Law

The Real ID Act of 2005 requires all states to meet a national standard for identification cards and participate in a shared database, but some have objected, citing privacy and budget concerns. Maine has led the charge of about a dozen states that may pass laws objecting to and opting out of the federal mandate.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


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original: booster.co.il / alteration by Peter Scheer

Lighter Skin Pays Off for Immigrants in U.S.

A new study of thousands of immigrants found that those with lighter skin earned more money than immigrants of similar background whose skin was darker. “On average, being one shade lighter has about the same effect as having an additional year of education,” the study’s author said.

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U.S. Officials Caught Mistreating Immigrants

A report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general has found that immigration and customs officials mistreated illegal immigrants held in facilities around the country. But the ACLU and others have criticized the report, charging that it ignored the most serious allegations.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


refugees
nytimes.com

Adding Insult to Instability

It turns out America is much better at creating refugees than taking care of them. While thousands of Iraqis flee their homeland every day, the U.S. had planned to accept only 500 this year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE


Mitt Romney
From ThinkProgress

Romney’s Hypocrisy on Illegal Workers Exposed

Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 presidential hopeful and outspoken critic of illegal immigration, has for years employed a landscaping firm that uses undocumented workers to tend his home’s lawn.
It’s not the action we care about; it’s the hypocrisy. And lest you think this is not a big deal…. (Read on)

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdig’s One Year Anniversary

Truthdig turned one year old last Wednesday, and we couldn’t have done it without you. So thanks!  In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back on 12 of the most popular stories of the last 12 months.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Vatican Condemns Border Policy

Days after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed concerns over the proposed (but unfunded) 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, a high-ranking representative of the pope called the measure part of an “inhuman program.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Bush Proposes Making Illegal Immigrants ‘Guest Voters’

The political satirist reports that the president also proposed erecting a 700-foot fence around Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Immigrant Children Trapped in Limbo

The Washington Post examines the plight of child immigrants, caught between conflicting government agencies that seek to reunite families while at the same time working to deport them.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


US-Mexico border
aljazeera.net

Border Fence Not Expected to Curb Illegal Immigration

Experts have challenged the effectiveness of the 700-mile fence planned for the U.S.-Mexico border, citing a robust smuggling industry and statistics that show around half of all illegal immigrants simply overstayed their visas.

Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE


John Oliver

John Oliver?s American Odyssey

The “Daily Show?s” ?foreigner? correspondent, John Oliver, reports from the front lines of the immigration debate, sharing his own harrowing experience: ?Jon, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born not American.?

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pat Buchanan

Buchanan Misses White America

While out pimping his book, Pat Buchanan made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, where he exposed himself with a statement as racist as it was whiny: ?I?d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.?  (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


Fear Mongering with a Dash of Racism From Sen. Burns… Again

Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, a man who not so long ago referred to his house painter as a “nice little Guatemalan man,” has delivered yet another stunning one-liner. Ready for the punch line? At a campaign event with Laura Bush, Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying “faceless” enemies “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” Nice.

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Immigrants Don’t Hurt U.S. Jobs, Says Study

In what could be tantamount to dropping a neutron bomb on xenophobes like Lou Dobbs, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that high levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers. But some economists question the study’s technique.

  • Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper on the myths of America’s immigration debate.

  • Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    While Feds Stall, Locals Tackle Big Issues

    In the face of stagnant federal policy, more and more localities have adopted their own measures to address the environment, stem-cell research and immigration.  Impatient for action from deadlocked Washington, cities and states have increasingly crafted their own policies regarding the major issues of the day, even reaching out to foreign leaders.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Steve King
    From C-span.org

    GOP Rep. King Compares Latinos to Drunks

    The anti-immigration congressman made a speech before Congress in May that blasted the idea of providing interpreters for Spanish speakers at polling stations, saying the practice would “coddle” Hispanics, “just like an enabler for an alcoholic, hand them a bottle of booze so they do not cure themselves….”

  • This is the same guy who recently proposed erecting an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and compared Latinos to livestock.
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    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Your Papers, Please

    The current push to require voters to supply proof of citizenship at the voting booth has very little to do with preventing illegal voting and much more to do with keeping away from the polls those most likely to vote for Democrats.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

    The legislation would mark the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades. The bill contains a guest-worker program and offers undocumented workers a path to legal residence and even citizenship (after paying fines). It is far more immigrant-friendly than the House version. Now comes the fight over reconciling the two bills.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: ‘Yes, I Am Actually Calling Them Racist’

    “By all means, reform immigration with this deep obeisance to the Republican right-wing nut faction and their open contempt for ‘foreigners.’ But do not pretend for one minute that it is not a craven political bow to racism.”

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Fatal Shooting at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

    Authorities killed the driver of a truck suspected of transporting illegal immigrants.
    A sign of things to come?

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Liberty Laid Low

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    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Backs Fence, Access to Citizenship

    The Senate has voted to build 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along the Mexico border, but also has endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
    Interesting mixed message, but perhaps the best that could be hoped for, given the political climate.

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: On Immigration, Too Late for Bush’s Good Intentions

    “Bush has proved so incompetent as president that he lacks credibility. Sending thousands of troops southward now in an effort to appear tough only underscores his failure.”

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Immigration Troops

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    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Immigration Plan

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    Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

    “It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Chertoff Disparaged Idea of Sending Troops to Border

    Six months ago, Bush’s Homeland Security chief said this about stationing National Guard troops on the Mexico border: “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush immigration speech
    AP Television News

    Bush’s Immigration Plan Pleases No One

    That’s the N.Y. Times’ take. If you want to read expert analysis on the politics and policies behind Bush’s speech, check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper’s article.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    American flag at the U.S.-Mexico border
    info-news.org

    Marc Cooper: Bush’s Immigration Speech Is Bad Policy, Bad Politics

    One of the nation’s leading experts on immigration policy writes that Bush’s May 15 speech “had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics.”
    Instead of sending National Guard troops to the border, “Bush could have saved the taxpayers a load and sent a few battalions of Boy Scouts to do this job.”

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush to Call for Guard Troops on Border

    The president will call for thousands of National Guard troops to augment Border Patrol agents. Democrats point out that National Guard troops are already overextended in Iraq. 

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Wag the Dog
    From thezreview.co.uk

    Wag the Dog?

    President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.
    Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue?
    Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Race Card Backfires on Republicans

    Dec. 16, 2005, is a day that will live in infamy in the Hall of Fame of Unintended Republican Consequences.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigration Protest Rally Photo
    Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

    Robert Scheer: My Mother ‘the Illegal Alien’?

    “Like so many May Day protesters taking part in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ I know about having an otherwise law-abiding family member who spends decades working long, hard hours for abysmally low wages.”

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Photo Immigration Protest

    Tom Hayden: Who Are You Calling an Immigrant?

    The fundamental issue underlying the attitudes of the May Day protestors 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 May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigration Boycott Protest
    AP / Charlies Rex Arbogast

    Over 1 Million Attend Protests

    The mostly Hispanic immigrants flooded the streets of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami and other cities, causing shutdowns at ports, factories and construction sites. The total impact is unknown.

  • Marc Cooper strips away the myths surrounding the immigration debate.
  • Read about how many companies would simply shut down if it weren’t for illegal labor.
  • Read “The Case for Globalized Labor,” which argues that it is “economically and morally wrong for the world’s poor immigrants to be locked out of work in the richest countries.”

  • Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Saipan workers
    From Ms. magazine

    Greed, Sex Slavery and Forced Abortions—Made in the USA

    Ms. Magazine documents quasi-endentured servitude in garment factories in the Northern Mariana Islands—which, because they’re a territory of the U.S., labels their clothes “Made in the USA.” The surprise: Jack Abramoff facilitated the situation.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: White House Whopper Becomes Instant Classic

    “Personally, I think this is a really good time not to keep up. The more you try, the less sense it makes.”

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Szep - Uncle Sam on Immigration

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    Szep - Immigration Reform

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    No Deal on Immigration

    The immigration bill, which seemed to have majority support, failed in the Senate Friday amid efforts to amend the bill. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the amendments proposed by conservative Republicans “filibuster by amendment.” So much for the hyped bipartisan compromise on immigration reform.

    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE


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