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Presidential Debates: Brought to You by an Immigrant

Written by on October 11, 2012 in Elections, Integration with 1 Comment
Presidential Debates: Brought to You by an Immigrant

Millions of Americans will tune into tonight’s vice-presidential debate, but few will know the origins of the presidential debate process.  While we’ve come to think of these debates as a way to learn more about the candidates vying for our votes, the idea of holding public debates, like so many other great American ideas, can […]

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From Bad to Worse: Immigrant Smearing in a Time of Midterm Cholera

Written by on October 12, 2010 in Elections, Reform with 1 Comment
From Bad to Worse: Immigrant Smearing in a Time of Midterm Cholera

Well it’s finally here—open season on immigrants. You don’t even have to stare into the headlights of campaign politics to observe how blithely some candidates have taken aim at their opponents and managed to catch immigrants in their crosshairs. Two recent campaign ads portray undocumented immigrants as darkly-clothed thieves—like in one of those overly-dramatized alarm […]

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President Obama Throws White House Support Behind DREAM Act

Written by on September 16, 2010 in Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
President Obama Throws White House Support Behind DREAM Act

Today, President Obama met with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members, chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to discuss movement of the DREAM Act. In a lead up to the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced plans earlier this week to bring the DREAM Act to […]

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All Mirth and No Matter: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Showcases Empty Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric in Gubernatorial Debate

Written by on September 3, 2010 in Elections, State and Local with 4 Comments

In a memorable performance this week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer refused to defend previously made anti-immigrant statements regarding undocumented immigrants and beheadings during a gubernatorial debate with Attorney General and Democratic candidate, Terry Goddard. While Governor Brewer’s opening remarks meltdown is at least understandable, her inability/refusal to defend controversial anti-immigrant statements—which has become the centerpiece […]

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United Farm Workers and Colbert Report Team Up on “Take Our Jobs” Campaign

Written by on July 9, 2010 in Employment and Wages, Reform with 5 Comments

Yesterday, United Farm Workers of America (UFW) President, Arturo Rodriquez, joined Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report to talk about the Take Our Jobs campaign. The campaign aims at hiring U.S. citizens and legal residents to fill jobs that often go to undocumented farm workers—a response to the anti-immigrant rhetoric that “undocumented immigrants steal American […]

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Deporting America’s Future: Harvard Student Pushes for DREAM Act

Written by on June 16, 2010 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment

Harvard sophomore, Eric Balderas, knows why the DREAM Act is important to so many. Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picked up Balderas in Boston on his way to visit his mother in San Antonio, Texas. Balderas now faces the possibility of deportation at a hearing next month. The 19 year old biology […]

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Razing Arizona: How Local, State and Federal Authorities are “Rooting Out” Arizona’s Immigration Problems

A perfect storm hit the state of Arizona this week. On Tuesday, the Arizona House passed SB1070—a bill which would compel local police officers to investigate people’s immigration status based on a “reasonable suspicion” he/she was in the country illegally. Two days later, Arizona residents witnessed local police descending onto their streets (along with hundreds […]

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Immigration Reform Raises Revenue, While Enforcement-Only Strategies Throw Tax Dollars Away

Written by on April 15, 2010 in Economics, Enforcement, Reform with 1 Comment

Tax Day is a fitting time to consider the billions of dollars which the federal government wastes each year attempting to put a stop to unauthorized immigration through an “enforcement only” strategy—and the billions of new taxpayer dollars which would flow from comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants […]

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Senator Schumer Urges Senator Graham to Get Immigration Reform Done

Written by on March 29, 2010 in Legislation, Reform, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

In the latest development on their bipartisan push for immigration reform, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC) appeared on Meet the Press yesterday to discuss immigration reform in a post-health care political environment. Amid criticism over his reaction to the passage of health care reform—the process of which he referred to as “sleazy,” Sen. Lindsey […]

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Immigrants, African Americans and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Written by on March 25, 2010 in Immigration Courts, Reform with 1 Comment

In a new report released today by the Immigration Policy Center, Before Brown, There was Mendez: The Lasting Impact of Mendez v. Westminster in the Struggle for Desegregation, author Maria Blanco examines the impact of a federal circuit court’s 1947 decision which found the segregation of Mexican American school children in California unconstitutional. It is […]

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