Righting the Moral Wrongs of Immigration Reform

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David A. Love: The Tea Party movement, a twenty-first-century incarnation of the angry white mob—with corporate backing no less—exploits the fear of the foreigner. They and their cohorts in the anti-immigrant movement stoke the fires of hatred and resentment, among a population hit by recession and searching for the enemy.

Bernanke Recommends Congress Take Up Immigration

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Andrea Christina Nill: In his testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee late last week, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke listed immigration reform as one of the issues Congress can and should take up to advance the nation’s economy

Joe Arpaio’s Chief Deputy Cites Conspiracy Theory Involving President Obama To ‘Muzzle’ His Boss

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Adnrea Nill: During his own deposition testimony, Arpaio admitted to not reading his own book and blamed the references to the wingnut reconquista conspiracy theories contained in it on his co-author.

The Criminal Alien Program: Big, Old, and Misunderstood

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Michele Waslin: Of course, identifying and removing dangerous criminal threats must be a priority for ICE. However, time and time again data show that their methods for prioritizing these individuals are flawed and have negative consequences for noncriminals who get caught in the system.

Remittances Will Help Haiti Recover and Strengthen U.S. Economy

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Michele Wasdin: It is simplistic to argue that remittances are bad because money is leaving the U.S., but upon further analysis, it becomes clear that remittances return to the U.S. in the form of increased exports. Remittances give individuals in foreign countries the ability to buy U.S. goods and the ability to invest in themselves which, in turn, allows them to buy even more U.S. goods.

Haiti Reminds Us of the Poverty at Home

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David A. Love: It is unfortunate that it took an earthquake to put the spotlight back on poverty in Haiti. To be sure, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince would have been devastating under any circumstances. But the people of Haiti had been suffering for years. The difference is that no one cared, because people often become weary hearing about black people suffering.

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.

Not Granting Haitian Immigrants Temporary Protection Status After Earthquake Would Be “Not Only Immoral, But Irresponsible”

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Andrea Christina Nill: Continuing to deport thousands of Haitian immigrants back to their ravaged home country rather than letting them stay in the U.S. to help their families in Haiti get back on their feet is inconsistent with the promises the Obama administration has already made to the people of Haiti.

A Self-Described ‘Wiser Lou Dobbs’ Supports Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants

Lou Dobbs: Despite his new proclaimed emphasis on border security and legalization, during the beginning of the segment a supposedly “wiser” Dobbs told O’Reilly that a recent bill introduced by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is nothing but a “a list of what the open-borders amnesty crowd wants.”

Well-Intentioned Brookings Report Falls Short on Solutions

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If the Brookings/Kenan report proves one thing, it is that immigration policy is extremely complex, and even the best intentions could have harmful unintended consequences.

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.

Friday Feedback: Our Present Immigration Policy Is a Disaster

Our present immigration policy is a disaster for all American workers. It is one that benefits Oligarchs in the United States, Mexico, China, primarily, and other places in the world like Ireland, to a lesser extent. In the specific case of Mexico, since that’s where most of the heat and so little light is being placed in this argument.

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.

Birthright Citizenship: Myths, Facts and Why It Matters

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Normally, the issue of birthright citizenship doesn’t get much attention. However, immigration restrictionists and select politicians often use the issue to rally extremists and distract from the important issues surrounding reforming our broken immigration system.

Friday Feedback: Ten More States?

160 years and the chickens are coming home to roost, and instead of letting loud white supremacists shout down attempts at reasoning in the Obama era, it’s time to end the apartheid by having Congress invite the Mexican people to dissolve their ever-corrupt fatcat and cartel-controlled govt. and failed country and join the U.S. as 10+ new states sans racism.

States and Localities Critical to Immigration Policies

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As a result of Congress’s inaction, states and localities are feeling pressure to take action on immigration, and many of the policies that directly impact immigrants’ lives—law enforcement, public benefits, driver’s licenses—are being driven by new state and local laws.

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.

ICE Begins Immigration Detention System Overhaul

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While improvements to the detention system are necessary and welcomed, it is important to recognize that detaining immigrants is not a long-term solution to a broken immigration system.

Lou Dobbs Show Cites Fear Mongering Anti-Immigrant Astronomist As Population Growth Expert

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Last night, in a segment warning of the environmental perils associated with US population growth, The Lou Dobbs Show featured Ben Zuckerman — an anti-immigrant activist who attempted a nativist takeover of the Sierra Club back in 2004. Dobbs correspondent Casey Wian allowed Zuckerman to insert himself into a discussion about a new report released [...]

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.

Large Immigrant Populations Keep Cities Safe, Just Ask El Paso, Texas

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Many Americans believe that immigrants are associated with high levels of crime. According to criminologist Jack Levin, El Paso is safe because of its immigrant population.

Anti-Immigrant Group Argues For Immigrant Population Controls To Lower Energy Consumption

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FAIR has released a report based on the mixed-up notion that, in order to reach U.S. greenhouse emission goals, the U.S. must curb immigration.

The LA Progressive: April 26 to May 30

100 Days: Is Obama’s Probation Period Over? When the brotha tried to be positive and upbeat, they said he smiled too much during these tough economic times. –Anthony Asadullah Samad Anti-Immigrant Hysterics’ Swine Flu Blame-Game Generates Blowback. Any long-term solution at the U.S. border must include reforming immigration-and a great majority of the American people [...]

Data Supports Benefits of Immigration Reform in a Bear Market Economy

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Last week, the White House reaffirmed President Obama’s commitment to working on immigration reform during his first year as president.  While Obama has made clear that fixing the economy is his number one priority, a summary of recent research released by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) shows that fixing the broken immigration system could bring [...]

Citizen Children Neglected and Deserted in Wake of Immigration Raids

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Miguel is a US citizen child who grew up in Minnesota like any other little American boy. But his parents are undocumented workers from El Salvador who worked at the Swift plant in Worthington, Minnesota. On December 12, 2006, the plant was raided by ICE, and more than 200 workers were detained, including Miguel’s mother. [...]

Unreliable Immigration Data Is Out of Date and Context

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Newspaper and television are running a narrow story quoting out-of-date and out-of-context data prepared by the immigration restrictionist group, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), who is alleging that 300,000 “illegal immigrants” will benefit from jobs created by the recently-approved economic stimulus plan. Unfortunately, these stories provide no counter-analysis from other research groups or experts [...]

New Americans: A Springboard for California’s Economy

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Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that analysts across the country have been worried that the economic crisis has fueled an increase in hate groups and racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric.  With its large immigrant population and current economic woes, California is in the belly of the beast.  Yet, while many restrictionists and anti-immigrant groups are [...]

Why Millions Risk Lives to Enter the U.S.

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Immigration policy remains a hot button issue in the United States. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel has described comprehensive immigration legislation as the “third rail” of American politics, and CNN provides Lou Dobbs with a daily forum for bashing undocumented immigrants. While opponents of creating a path to legalization for such immigrants recognize that [...]

Pardon Me, Scooter?

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On July 2, 2007 George W. Bush commuted the sentence of convicted felon and former top White House staffer Scooter Libby for his convictions on five felony counts of perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice. He didn’t pardon Libby but, instead, issued a Grant of Executive Clemency before Scooter Libby even served a single [...]

End the War on Immigrants: Bringing It All Back Home

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When the Bush administration came up with a special classification, “enemy combatant,” and a special site—Guantánamo—to put prisoners beyond the purview of human and legal rights, I had a shock of recognition. The trial run had taken place right here in the US when we threw due process out the window for that other special [...]

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