The Stall Has Arrived

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Robert Reich: @idening inequality is the underlying culprit. As long as almost all the gains from economic growth continue to go to the top, the vast middle class doesn’t have the purchasing power to boost the economy on its own.

Walmart in Chinatown: There Goes the Neighborhood

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Aiha Nguyen: LA’s Chinatown is built on small business and Walmart would be in direct competition with the local markets and shops that already serve the local population.

Will Occupy Spring Forward or Melt Down?

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Shamus Cooke: Most Occupiers have learned that raw enthusiasm alone cannot bring victory to a social movement; ideas matter too. Action divorced from strategy equals wasted energy, divisiveness, diversions and unnecessary mistakes. Not all tactics push the movement forward.

Immigration Case Backlog At All-Time High

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Michelle Waslin: The growing backlog means that more immigrants are being kept in detention for longer periods of time. Making matters worse, a bill by Rep. Lamar Smith (H.R. 1932) to allow the U.S. to detain immigrants indefinitely is currently making its way through the House of Representatives.

Immigration Reform Is Overdue

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Ian Goldin: In Arizona and elsewhere the smouldering debate over migration policy has generated more heat than light, risking progress on the stuttering but overdue reform agenda.

We Draw the Lines: Not So Much

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Unless these drafts are redrawn, California Latinos will be robbed of the Congressional and Legislative representation we deserve—despite the fact that these draft maps were drawn using the very same Census data that attributes 90% of California’s population growth between 2000 and 2010 to Latino youth and migrants.

“Modern Times” Really Akin to “Dark Ages”

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Sherwood Ross: As humanity pushes the planet toward destruction, it is incredible that half of all the taxes collected from the American people — who are principal players in this rush — are used for warfare rather than to rebuild and rejuvenate the planet they are ravaging.

Texas: Undercutting Latino Vote

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Andrea Nill: The creation of only one new Latino district in a state where Latinos are driving population growth and will soon be the majority amounts to anything short of Republican gerrymandering.

Will “Stepping on the Gas” of Immigration Enforcement Drive Us into a Brick Wall?

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Michele Waslin: Most importantly, worksite enforcement can only be truly effective if done in conjunction with comprehensive immigration reform—something President Obama alluded to in the State of the Union Address last night and Rep. Zoe Lofgren addressed in today’s hearing.

Legislators Intend to Burden States with Costly Immigration Litigation

State Legislators for Legal Immigration member, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA)

Seth Hoy: A group of state legislators, State Legislators for Legal Immigration, presented two measures intended to prevent the American-born children of undocumented immigrants from automatically becoming citizens

Census Shows Population Gains Due to Growing Latino Population

Michele Waslin: States considering anti-immigrant legislation will have to reconsider whether forcing out immigrants is worth potentially losing a Congressional seat, federal funding for schools, roads, and infrastructure, and its reputation.

Haiti: Testimony From Camp Corail as Cholera Looms

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Georgianne Nienaber: On Monday, the Haitian Ministry of Population (MSPP) released new figures indicating at least 8,138 cholera patients and 544 deaths in five regions or “departments.”

Overpopulation and Related Matters

Emily Spence: Why, why have human population numbers been exploding during my lifetime without the attention of every expert on the planet being focused upon this question?

Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing

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Michele Waslin: New data documenting the underrepresentation of refugees from Africa in the U.S. looks at allegations of fraudulent African family reunification applications, DNA testing programs, and its implications for U.S. refugee and immigration policy.

Young Immigrant Breaks Down While Sharing Her ‘Greatest Fear’ With Obama

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Andrea Nill: The Obama administration can do something about processing backlogs, however it’s up to Congress to reform the immigration system.Currently, the visa system is currently outdated by over twenty years and does not meet the needs or demands of a 21st century globalized economy — let alone immigrant families.

Europe Grapples With Immigration Issue

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Andrea Nill: Rather than adopting the marginalizing policies that have aggravated Europe’s immigration woes, the U.S. would be better off leading the way in building a humane immigration system that’s in tune with today’s modern global economy.

Associated Press Debunks The ‘Birth Tourism’ Myth

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Andrea Nill: no one ever mentioned having kids in the U.S…what our work shows is that migrants come in response to labor demand in the U.S. and are motivated by economic problems at home.

How to Get Your Own News

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Sharon Kyle: In a book entitled, Just How Stupid Are We?, author Rick Shenkman asks, “Are America’s voters prepared to shoulder the responsibility of running the most powerful nation on earth? Do a majority know enough?” These questions are not new but the current economic crisis brings to the fore the urgency of an answer.

More than Merely Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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Bob Letcher: If we agree simply to total up CO2 emissions, China ends up being the world’s biggest emitter. But, if we agree to account for China’s much larger population, by ranking per capita emission, the US can go back to its familiar cheer: “We’re #1! We’re #1! Whhoooa!!”

Friday Feedback: Gun Violence

Friday Feedback: n Australia, after their first experience of US business-as-usual (a massacre in Tasmania in ‘96), the Prime Minister called for gun control and an appalled population turned in their guns.