NAFTA of the Pacific?

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Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement – Out of the public eye, trade ministers and corporate lobbyists are pressing for a NAFTA-style deal that would encourage off-shoring of US jobs and drive down wages

The Saccharine Republican Ire

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Joseph Palermo: The “conservatives” and “Tea Partiers” are quite convincing at playing the aggrieved victims, but what, exactly, do they have to be “aggrieved” about?

The Enthusiasm Gap and You

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Robert Reich: Average Americans are hurting. But their pain isn’t coming from government. It’s coming from an economy whose benefits are concentrating ever more at the top, whose giant corporations are controlling ever more of our democratic process, and whose costs and risks are becoming ever more burdensome for the middle class and the poor

Divisive Rhetoric Will Not Solve Illegal Immigration Problem

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Tracy Emblem: The United States and Mexico must partner to resolve economic problems related to Mexico’s poverty, employment, income disparity, drug corruption, and democratic governance. Unless we change our policies, “securing our borders” will continue to be another catchy phrase used by politicians without real results.

Reclaiming Our Hope

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Paul Loeb: It’s been a frustrating time since November 2008, but our challenge is to spend less time bemoaning our disappointments and more energy engaging with ordinary citizens the way so many of us did a year and a half ago. If we give people enough ways to act on our present crises, we never know how history might turn.

Rahmifications of Obama’s Presidency

Joseph Palermo: Peter Baker’s profile of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the New York Times Magazine raises some interesting questions about President Barack Obama’s top aide. For Emanuel, it seems that all politics are electoral politics. He wouldn’t know a social movement if he saw one.

Immigration Reform and Economic Justice

Immigration Pied Piper

Tracy Emblem: We must be honest and acknowledge that border “policing,” “security” and “prisons” are a substantial taxpayer drain but do not produce any gross domestic product. We should therefore remove the rhetoric and be open to examining all solutions.

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’s Controversial Two-Step Moves in Direction of Immigration Reform

Photo by Callie Shell from Time magazine.

After boosting border enforcement, the Obama Administration recently announced that it will also increase funding for a troublesome program started by George W. Bush. The controversial program gives Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unregulated access to the immigration information of every person in local prisons across the United States. Although Obama may be sending mixed [...]

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Recruit and Arm Citizens, Neo-Nazis Have His Back

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Rather than cleaning up his police department and addressing allegations of racial profiling and discrimination, Arpaio has decided to recruit and arm more Maricopa citizens in the absence of state funds. Back in April, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona voted to postpone the acceptance of $1.6 million from the state to help [...]

Reflections on May Day

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Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! sat down with Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and Janis Rosheuvel of Families for Freedom to discuss the nation’s immigration policy, its overall treatment of undocumented immigrants and the impact of the May Day protests in Los Angeles. Alex Sanchez believes the May Day movement has not [...]

Low-Income Latinos and Immigrants Reported “Under Siege” in the South

President Barack Obama, Treasurery Secretary Tim Geitner

This week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report entitled “Under Siege: Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South.” SLPC report adds to the mounting evidence pointing to the harmful impact that the absence of a functioning immigration system is having on Latinos and immigrant communities. SPLC investigators interviewed and surveyed 500 [...]

Human Rights Organizations Say Immigrants Caught in Detention Dragnet

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On any given day, more than 30,000 immigrants are detained in the U.S. More than 300,000 men, women, and children are detained by U.S. immigration authorities each year. ICE reported that the average stay in detention was 37 days; however many immigrants and asylum seekers are detained much longer – months or even years – [...]

Mexicans Choosing to Weather Economic Storm in Home Country

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered reviews of many operational aspects of the immigration and border security system and has even delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces. Yet while many of the Bush administration’s “attrition through enforcement” tactics are being re-evaluated and scaled-back, potential [...]

Color of Law: U.S. Drug Policy Has Gone to Pot

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In a recent online town hall meeting at the White House, President Obama was asked by the online audience whether he thought legalizing marijuana would create jobs and help the economy. It was the most popular question asked at the meeting.

Humvees in Tijuana: The US and the Mexican Narco-Wars

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How worried should Americans be about the drug wars being fought just across the border? Under the Merida Initiative, the Bush administration committed $1.4 billion in military assistance to Mexico and the Senate is now considering a House move to increase this year’s figure by $410 million. This seems as foolhardy to me as the [...]

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 [...]

Largest U.S. Fast Aims to Turn Out Voters

The largest hunger strike in U.S. history will begin Oct. 15, to call attention to voter mobilization, immigrant rights organizers say. One hundred dedicated activists will encamp at the historic heart of Los Angeles — La Placita Olvera — to fast for 21 days before the Nov. 4 elections. They expect to be joined by [...]

McCain-Palin Attacks Fall Flat with Latinos

The Republican attack machine has launched a multifaceted offensive to falsely accuse Democrat Barack Obama of being anti-immigrant. In Spanish-language ads directed at Latino voters in the battleground states of Florida, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada, John McCain wrongly claims Obama blocked the path to legalization. At the same time McCain and the GOP are [...]

Hasta La Vista, U.S. Business

Bridges not Walls

Question: Has Bush & Company, unintentionally helped solve the U.S. immigration problem across our Mexican border? With no thought about consequences for future American business or our country’s citizens, George W. Bush and mostly Republicans, may have precipitated the extinction of the trade mark, “Made in USA,” to be replaced with “Hecho en Mexico,” along [...]

A Cab Ride with Xavier Becerra

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War, trade policy, immigration, and the need to show voters that government has a role to play and solutions that work were much on Congressman Xavier Becerra’s mind on a recent cab ride to the airport from Capitol Hill. In response to survey results asking for more contact with officeholders representing Northeast Los Angeles, we [...]

Bridges, Not Walls

Bridges not Walls

Some African-Americans, many of which are longtime loyal Democrats, believe immigration is hurting US workers, focusing primarily on undocumented workers

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