Archive for January, 2009

FAIR Blames Florida’s Budget Woes on Immigrants and Children

Written by on January 30, 2009 in Economics, Integration, Myths, Restrictionists with 5 Comments
FAIR Blames Florida’s Budget Woes on Immigrants and Children

Miami ‘s skyline. Photo by mbshane. On January 29, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)—an anti-immigrant hate group headquartered in Washington, DC—issued a press release claiming that Florida’s current budget crisis “would be lessened by ending illegal immigration costs.” In support of this assertion, FAIR argues that “the current fiscal cost outlays for the […]

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Think Progress Reports: Saltsman out of the running for RNC chair

Written by on January 30, 2009 in Myths, News Flash with 1 Comment
Think Progress Reports: Saltsman out of the running for RNC chair

Think Progress has reported that Chip Saltsman is no longer in the running for the next chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC).  Yesterday, we reported on Saltsman’s offensive inclusion of a song called “The Star Spanglish Banner” in a controversial holiday CD that he sent to RNC members as a Christmas gift.  Think Progress […]

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Anti-Immigrant Groups Invite GOP to Join Their Sinking Ship

Written by on January 30, 2009 in Election 2008, Myths, Restrictionists with 1 Comment
Anti-Immigrant Groups Invite GOP to Join Their Sinking Ship

Photo by Phil Gyford. This week at the National Press Club, anti-immigrant groups Team America PAC and American Cause (chaired by regular CNN and MSNBC contributors Bay Buchanan and Pat Buchanan) hosted an event to discuss why the GOP should continue to use an anti-immigrant platform in order to save their party and bring them […]

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Candidate for RNC Chair Chip Saltsman Stirs Controversy with “Star Spanglish Banner”

Candidate for RNC Chair Chip Saltsman Stirs Controversy with “Star Spanglish Banner”

Video of song featured on Chip Saltsman’s “holiday cd” At a time when the GOP should be warming up to key Latino and immigrant voting blocs, Chip Saltsman-candidate for the next chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC)-chose to ring in the New Year with a song called “The Star Spanglish Banner.”  Saltsman, who is […]

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CIS Ignores the Facts: Immigration Important Concern for Latino Voters

CIS Ignores the Facts: Immigration Important Concern for Latino Voters

Photo by David Tribby. The Center for Immigration Studies tries to snatch anti-immigrant victory from the jaws of electoral defeat in a new report about Latino voters in the 2008 election.   According to the report, the widespread perception among Latinos that the Republican Party is hostile to immigrants played no appreciable role in their decision […]

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Latino Experts Look Beyond Legalization and Citizenship

Written by on January 27, 2009 in Demographics, Integration, National Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
Latino Experts Look Beyond Legalization and Citizenship

Photo by indianfilipino. Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros and several other leading Latino experts met at the Center for American Progress Monday to discuss Latinos’ role in shaping America’s future. Panelists such as Sarita Brown of Excelencia in Education and Janet Murguia of NCLR joined Cisneros in affirming that without vast improvements to the Latino […]

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Senators Lay Out 2009 Priorities at Progressive Media Summit

Written by on January 26, 2009 in Congress, National Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
Senators Lay Out 2009 Priorities at Progressive Media Summit

Last week at the 2009 Senate Democratic Progressive Media Summit Democratic Senators laid out priorities for 2009. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke with great force about the need to enact immigration reform and his intention to do so in the coming year. While he prefaced his comments by stating that immigration is the issue […]

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Gov. Paterson Stuns Immigrant Community With Gillibrand Senate Pick

Gov. Paterson Stuns Immigrant Community With Gillibrand Senate Pick

Photo by vgm8383. The State of New York has, throughout its history, been both a haven and a hotbed for immigrants and diversity.  That’s why New York State Governor David Paterson’s decision to pick Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. Senator raises deep concern among immigrants and advocates in the […]

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Hundreds March Around Country March for Immigration Reform

Hundreds March Around Country March for Immigration Reform

Photos by FIRM. Yesterday groups of immigrants, community members, faith leaders and advocates gathered around the country to march and call upon the new Obama Administration to move forward with immigration reform including a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.  Diverse groups of immigrants and their supporters […]

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Push Still Strong for Immigration Reform in Early Obama Administration

Push Still Strong for Immigration Reform in Early Obama Administration

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House. Today, Barack Obama stepped into the Oval Office on his first full day in the White House as President of the United States and met with economic advisors to start “making early progress on the change he promised.”  In the spirit of both economic recovery and social change, immigration […]

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