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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


SB 1070 sign
Flickr / Arasmus Photo

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



altoarizona.com

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



Flickr / Lars Willem Veldkampf

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.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



Jacky Guerrero / oneNationCA.org

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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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



Flickr / courtesy anarchosyn.

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


Brewer
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


Arizona protest
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



Wikimedia Commons

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



Flickr / las - initially (CC-BY-ND)

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


Brewer
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


SB 1070 sign
Flickr / Arasmus Photo

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



Flickr / nycmayorsoffice, Edward Reed

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


Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Sets His Sights on Immigration Overhaul

Health care, the economy, a devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, hmmm ... what other issues out there are practically insurmountable? Ah yes, immigration—President Barack Obama’s next action item on his to-do list. 

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


9500 Liberty
9500liberty.com

‘9500 Liberty’: Documenting the Immigration Debate

The new documentary “9500 Liberty” is about the struggle over a law requiring police to question anyone they have probable cause to believe is undocumented. This premise may sound awfully familiar.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Justice

Justice Dept. to Challenge Arizona Law

The Justice Department, as expected, has decided to file a lawsuit seeking to shut down Arizona’s SB 1070, a move that is likely to launch immigration even further into this year’s election debate as conservatives rally around anti-immigrant sentiment in scrounging for votes.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / cactusbill

Ariz. Anti-Immigrant Wing to Target Children

Arizona Republicans are expected to introduce legislation this fall that would strip the citizenship of those quite offensively dubbed “anchor babies,” children born in the U.S. to parents who are undocumented. It seems that the state’s anti-immigrant wing is going even crazier than previously thought possible.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


Brewer at the White House
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama, Brewer Meet in White House Huddle

President Barack Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer have had their differences, especially over the issue of immigration and Brewer’s push to pass SB 1070 last month. Well, after Thursday’s encounter at the White House ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


school desk
Flickr / cdsessums

L.A. School Board Votes to Use Arizona Law as Object Lesson

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to condemn Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070, and to register that disapproval in the form of ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


Silverman
Wikimedia Commons/Joan Garvin

Sarah Silverman Re-Brands Fox News as ‘Racism Engine’

Sarah Silverman’s no shrinking violet, as she recently demonstrated once again by launching a direct hit on the Murdochian empire that is Fox News, calling the cable news channel “a 24-hour-a-day racism engine” ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE



thesoundstrike.net

Musicians Band Together in Arizona Boycott

Anger against Arizona’s recent spate of anti-immigrant laws, most notably the toxic SB 1070 law legalizing racial profiling, has hit the entertainment industry, as musicians are banding together in a “Sound Strike” to boycott playing shows in the state.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


Holder
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of Justice

A.G. Huddles With Top Cops About Arizona Law

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with police chiefs from several big cities—including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Houston and Philadelphia—who are concerned about the potential effects of Arizona’s SB 1070 on ... (continued)

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


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lasextanoticias.com

Miami Ad Agency Rolls Out ‘Gringo Masks’ for the Masses

When life gives you SB 1070, make Gringo Masks. That’s the response of the Miami-based agency Zumi Advertising, whose clever marketers came up with handy his ’n’ hers facial accouterments for anyone to slap on and instantly look whiter ... (continued) 

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Arizona vs. Los Angeles, Round Two

An Arizona utility official has responded to Los Angeles’ high-profile boycott of his state by threatening to starve L.A. of electrical power generated in Arizona. L.A. officials quickly fired back by pointing out that while the city gets about 25 percent of its power from plants in Arizona, it partly owns those facilities.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Presidents Obama and Calderon Dish on Arizona Immigration Law

The presidents of North America’s two most populous countries (deal with it, Canada) have a lot to talk about, but Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which Felipe Calderon has condemned and Barack Obama has critiqued, stole the show.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


onyango

Obama’s African Aunt Granted Asylum in U.S.

The third time was the charm for Barack Obama’s African aunt, Zeituni Onyango, when it came to her quest for U.S. political asylum. While some cynical types might sniff about special treatment ... (continued)

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage

Arizona’s latest attempt to put Latinos in their place is an oppressive new law that imposes restrictions on the teaching of history.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Mexico Builds Border Wall to Keep Out U.S. Assholes

This immigration-themed parody from the geniuses at the Onion is much needed at this time. Actually, we were a little slow to come upon it, but its relevance—and brilliance—endures. Someone ought to stream this directly into Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, stat.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / upeslases (CC-BY-SA)

Los Angeles to Cut Ties With Arizona

Los Angeles, a city that owes its existence to immigration, may no longer do business with companies based in Arizona because of that state’s immigration law. The L.A. City Council voted 13 to 1 to ban new contracts and review all current agreements with Arizona firms. (continued)

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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