Gibbs: Obama’s Immigration Position Unchanged

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Andrea Christina Nill: According to Gibbs, the question isn’t whether President Obama still supports passing comprehensive immigration reform, but rather, whether the White House can be convinced that there is enough bipartisan support to get it passed. A recent affirmative statement from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) indicates that at least one key GOP member is reaching out to his colleagues and encouraging them to embrace the immigration issue. Meanwhile, themajority of Republican and Independent voters already support comprehensive immigration reform.

Democrats Return to Slumber after Massachusetts Wake Up Call

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Randy Shaw: Consider the Democrats top concerns. Health care? “We’ll get to it sometime.” Comprehensive immigration reform? “It’s still a priority.” EFCA? Off the political radar screen. Climate Change? “We don’t have the votes.” The Budget? Freeze all domestic spending but education and research but protect defense.

Why Immigration Reform Prospects Didn’t Change Overnight

Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts)

Andrea Nill: Brown’s voters also support comprehensive immigration reform by a wide margin and overwhelmingly voted for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) — an avid champion of immigrant rights — year after year. If anything, Scott’s win represents a frustration with partisan-driven inaction. It also encompasses a collective sense of impatience with the lack of economic recovery. Immigration reform could speak to both.

Steve King: Undocumented Haitians Should Be Deported, Haiti in Great Need of Relief Workers

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Andrea Nill: The Obama administration has agreed to halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians, though those currently held in detention centers will remain jailed unless TPS is granted.

Study Shows Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants Would Produce $1.5 Trillion Benefit

UCLA professor Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda

Andrea Nill: A new study by University of California at Los Angeles professor Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda suggests that comprehensive immigration reform, which includes an earned path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, could generate at least $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years.

Nativist Leader Cites Shoddy Polling Data To Claim There Is A Rift Between The Pew And The Pulpit

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Andrea Christina Nill: The anti-immigrant group, NumbersUSA, posted a video Tuesdayb of its director, Roy Beck, on Fox & Friends touting recent polling by its unofficial sister group, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which claims to show that religious leaders lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform are out of tune with the people of faith they represent.

2009: Labor’s Missed Opportunity

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With the Democratic Party needing union money and volunteers for the November 2010 elections, it will have to start delivering for labor soon. This means that Congress will enact some changes in union election rules, though expedited elections rather than card check appears to be where the debate is headed.

Dobbs Now Supports An Immigration Plan Similar To ‘Amnesty Bill’ He Opposed In 2007

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ct, Dobbs didn’t just employ a “pejorative term favored by Republicans who opposed” immigration reform, he also promoted false claims about the bill.

Napolitano Says ‘Our Hands Are Tied’ When It Comes to Dealing with Undocumented Youth

The College Board estimates that approximately 65,000 undocumented students who have lived in the U.S. for five years or more will graduated from high school this past spring and face overwhelming barriers to higher education and continued development.

Four Lessons That Should Stop Vulnerable Democrats from Cowering from Immigration Reform

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Rather than safeguarding their reelection bids, these Democrats are more likely shooting themselves in the foot by deliberately sidestepping issues like immigration reform and climate change which helped Obama win the White House and put many of them in office.

NumbersUSA Director Says Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Anti-Hispanic

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Considering the fact that 89% of Latino voters support comprehensive immigration reform which includes a pathway to legalization, Beck is essentially saying that Latinos don’t know what’s best for them. However, most research suggests they do.

LA Progressive: October 11 to 17, 2009

This week’s articles in the LA PROGRESSIVE

GOP Recruiter Disassociates From GOP to Register More Latinos as Republicans

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Blase says she was motivated to start Somos Republicans because “Obama sold Latinos down the river” by not tackling comprehensive immigration reform during his first year as president.

New Report: Good Immigration Policy Creates a Stronger American Middle Class

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In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and in anticipation of a new round of legislative debates on comprehensive immigration reform, DMI’s report makes a rational, concise argument for why comprehensive immigration reform is needed to improve the conditions for middle class Americans.

What Happens to Immigration Reform Now That the ‘Stalwart of the Senate’ Is Gone

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It’s hard to imagine an immigration bill hitting the Senate floor without Kennedy’s binding support, but the truth is he’s already paved the legislative road for its debut and equipped progressives with the guts and principles to see it through.

CNN Airs Anti-Immigrant Front Group’s ‘Pro-Labor’ Incendiary Ad

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While CNN refuses to air an ad criticizing the insurance industry which is actually backed by labor, the “Coalition” of anti-immigrant labor-friendly posers has its misleading ad placed on regular rotation.

LA Progressive: 26 July to 1 August 2009

A Teachable Moment: Police Authority and Racism. President Obama was right the first time when he said the police acted stupidly, because they should know better. It’s unfortunate that the president found it necessary to step back and retract the remark because until we can see this kind of action with some objectivity, we will [...]

McCain Says Spanish-Language Ads Cost Him Latino Vote: ‘Life Isn’t Fair’

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When asked if he thinks immigration reform is possible this year, McCain responded that he “didn’t know,” but that he will not support any legislation that does not contain a legal guest worker program.

Senate Hearing on Employment Verification System Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

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While employment verification is viewed as an immigration enforcement tool, it is a program that affects every person working in the U.S.—including U.S. citizens.

Condoleezza Rice Breaks With Right Wing And Says We Should Be For ‘Welcoming’ Immigrants

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Last Sunday, on a trip to Sacramento, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice briefly praised the nation’s history of welcoming immigrants, saying that it’s a tradition that should be preserved.

Republicans Try To Derail Immigration Reform By Bringing Piecemeal Amendments To DHS Bill

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there’s an undeniable steep learning curve for conservative lawmakers who are slow to realize that they can no longer rely on an enforcement-only approach to immigration when the majority of their frustrated constituents want immigration laws overhauled inside and out.

Activists Rallying to Ensure Obama Administration Brings Change

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Why are the usual barriers to progressive change falling? Because, as in the 1930’s, we have grassroots movements who are pushing a sympathetic President to the left.

Anti-Immigrant Group Mistakenly Bashes Cornyn’s ‘Pro-Amnesty’ Stance

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A few days ago, the anti-immigrant group, Numbers USA further relegated itself to the right-wing fringe by denouncing a potential “mainstream” ally, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and his “frightening pro-amnesty” stance. Shortly before President Obama’s Thursday bipartisan meeting on immigration reform, Numbers USA issued an email to its members bashing Cornyn: “Sen. Cornyn has been [...]

Savage Blames Immigrant ‘Gang-Bangers’ For ‘Destroying California’

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Yesterday, Media Matters highlighted statements made by “shock-jock” radio host Michael Savage on his Friday show in which he lashed out at immigrant “gang-bangers” for “destroying California.” Savage, whose inflammatory rhetoric recently got him banned from entering the U.K., vowed that only God himself will shut him up: SAVAGE: The illegals [immigrants] have destroyed the [...]

Immigration Report Highlights Bush Administration’s ‘Flagrant Disregard For Rule of Law’

Marta Granillo cries for her husband, relatives and friends who were being arrested during an ICE raid. (AHMAD TERRY/ ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

Two years after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) swept up and detained thousands of workers from six meatpacking plants across the country during one of the nation’s largest immigration raids, a new report released by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) today details how ICE officials terrorized UFCW members under the [...]

Obama, Progressives Face Moment of Truth

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President Obama and his progressive supporters are at a turning point. The heart of Obama’s progressive policy agenda — universal health care — is confronting increasing opposition, and the grassroots activists that put Barack Obama in the White House must pressure wavering Senators to back the Change We Need. But mobilizing is proving difficult, as [...]

Department of Homeland Security Suspends “Widow Penalty”

Janet Napolitano (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)

This week, the Obama administration took another step toward restoring fairness and humaneness to the immigration system.  On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she would grant a two-year reprieve to immigrants who were married to U.S. citizens but did not complete the permanent residency process because their American spouses [...]

Beck Decries ‘Empathy’ For ‘Anchor Baby Thing’

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While railing about the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to temporarily halt the deportation of widows and widowers of U.S. citizens, Fox News’ Glenn Beck yesterday slammed “anchor babies,” the U.S.- born children of immigrants, and called for the overturn of the 14th Amendment which grants natural-born citizenship: BECK: You know the anchor baby thing [...]

UFW Alums Battle Over Labor’s Future

Dolores Huerta and Eliseo Medina

After electing the most pro-union President in decades, organized labor is being torn by internal fights. And at the heart of these conflicts are veterans of the United Farmworkers of America (UFW), whose strategic innovations have shaped today’s labor movement and whose “Si Se Puede” (“Yes We Can”) rallying cry became the hallmark of Barack [...]

Local Police Report Makes the Case for Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws

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This week the Police Foundation issued a long awaited report, The Role of Local Police: Striking a Balance Between Immigration Enforcement and Civil Liberties. The Police Foundation found that because Congress has failed to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform, states and localities have spent more time and resources curbing immigration themselves at the high [...]

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