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Why Bloomberg?

A presidential run by the New York mayor would be a monument to egotism.  Even worse, it might prevent the nation from ridding itself of today’s destructive policies.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE
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The Price of Antagonizing Latinos

With respect to Latino voters, politicians find themselves between a surge and a backlash. While popular anti-immigrant rhetoric could help Republicans take back House seats, it could well cost them the presidency.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

An Embarrassed Romney Fires His Gardeners

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Before Mitt Romney takes such a hard line against undocumented workers, he might try to find an American citizen willing to cut the grass at his suburban Boston home. For the second time in a year, the candidate has been caught employing undocumented immigrants by way of a landscaping company, which he has now fired.

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE

The Dubious Mr. Dobbs

The CNN personality, who continues to beat the drum against “illegal aliens,” claims to be a journalist.  If he really is one, he should respect facts and correct errors.  Let’s all hold our breath until that happens.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE

We’re All Immigrants

The English language won’t be done in by the influx of Latin Americans.  To see the fallacy of this warning, just take a little look at American history.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE

The YouSnooze Debate

The CNN/YouTube debate was a depressing spectacle. There was little inspiration for the future, no sense that Republicans are grappling with why their party has become so unpopular, and few departures from rigid adherence to the party line on taxes, guns, gay rights and other questions.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE

Riots Spread In France

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AP photo / Thibault Camus

Unrest has broken out in the city of Toulouse in southern France as riots continued for a third night in Paris. France’s prime minister has called the youths involved “criminals,” and President Nicolas Sarkozy has scheduled an emergency meeting of his security staff for Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE

Giuliani ‘Even More Certain’ Now About Iraq War

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foxnews.com

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani clearly shares a particular personality trait with President Bush:  the kind of unassailable certainty that even evidence to the contrary can’t uproot.  Take his position on the Iraq war, for example, which he still believes—even more so, now—was the right move for the U.S. to have made.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE

Paris Is Burning Again

Paris riot
AP photo / Thibault Camus

French youths rioted for a second night in the suburbs of Paris, injuring nearly 80 police officers and torching more than 70 buildings and cars. Police officials said the violence was “far worse” than two years ago, when rioters set fire to 10,000 cars and 300 buildings over three weeks.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE

Phony FEMA Press Conference Not the First of Its Kind

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken some well-deserved heat for its ersatz “press conference” held in response to October’s California wildfires, but, as it happens, FEMA wasn’t the first to stage such a smoke-and-mirrors act.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE

A Holiday for American Immigrants

The turkey may share the table with lasagna or guacamole or Asian-style rice bowls.  Welcome to America, Pilgrim.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE

The Gloves Come Off

Finally, we’ve got a real presidential campaign on our hands. Wake up, those of you in the back row, because it looks as if the long-running seminar is finally over.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE

Rudy Plays de Fence

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nytimes.com

Rudy Giuliani is on the defensive over immigration, which has become this campaign’s hot-button distraction. In response to criticism from his opponents that, as mayor of New York, Giuiani had the audacity not to arrest hospitalized immigrants, the candidate has promised to end illegal immigration within three years. At the center of his strategy is a virtual fence he’d like to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE

A Phony Social Security Debate

As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spar over Social Security, their argument has shed little light on America’s most successful domestic program but has instead revealed unattractive aspects of both candidates.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE

Dems Tread Lightly on Immigration

More significant than Clinton’s supposed gaffe in the Philadelphia debate is the subject around which she tiptoed so delicately: Immigration is the issue Democrats fear because it could leave them with a set of no-win political choices.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE

Racist, Distorted and Effective

A contemporary Willie Horton has turned up in the Democratic presidential campaign, and so far he is winning. No such person sat in the Drexel University auditorium during the Democrats’ debate on Tuesday night. But the candidates, especially the unprepared front-runner, Hillary Clinton, should long ago have recognized that Republicans and a shrill conservative chorus intend to make Hispanic illegal immigrants the Willie Hortons of 2008.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE

Electoral Dysfunction

An impotent GOP is beating up immigrants, sick kids and foreign countries in the feeble hope that grateful voters will stick it to the Democrats next year.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE

Ron Paul on Dems, Immigration, 9/11 Conspiracies

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And now, some news from the right side of the aisle:  Presidential hopeful Ron Paul chatted with conservative talk show host Steve Gill about his recent fundraising success, domestic and foreign policy issues, and 9/11 and its aftermath, blasting the neocons for using the Sept. 11 attacks to advance their agenda: “If the mafia attacks someone in this country, we don’t bomb Italy,” Paul said.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

The Disasters of Border Crossing


Photo by Arturo Perez y Perez / Courtesy of Malaleche

Cinema, communication and American studies scholar Rosa-Linda Fregoso takes a look at recent exhibitions and installations by the Colectivo Malaleche, a Mexican artists’ collective that addresses the plight of women, migrants and other vulnerable groups through their work.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

‘Giving’ and Taking

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

Deporting Veterans

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KPFA Radio’s “The War Comes Home” series tells the story of Philippe Louis Jean, an Iraq war veteran whom the U.S. government shamefully tried to deport—once he came home. Louis Jean had a green card, but a previous adultery charge was enough for the government to throw him in prison for 10 months.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Bridging the Democratic Divide

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AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

If a Democrat wins the next presidential election, she or he will have to tackle battles abroad—and, no less significantly, at home.  Boyarsky predicts that, after ending the Iraq war, a Democratic president would “immediately be confronted with domestic issues that have no Democratic consensus, issues in which debate is charged with deep feelings about national, ethnic and racial identity.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE

Deported Activist Fights to Reunite Families

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AP Photo / Julio Cortez

After leaving the sanctuary of the Chicago church where she held off immigration authorities for a year, Mexican immigration activist Elvira Arellano was arrested and deported after speaking out at an immigrants’ rights demonstration in Los Angeles.  Now in Tijuana, Arellano will continue her efforts to reunite with her American-born son and will keep fighting for families divided by immigration laws.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE

One-Trick Elephant

The corpse has a pulse. Or at least the Bush White House and congressional Republicans are counting on the predictable thump, thump, thump about taxes to resuscitate themselves.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE

Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Scooter’s Deal Is the American Dream

This satirical report says millions of immigrants are seeking an amnesty deal like the one given to the man they revere as “El Libbre.” Who knew Libby would become the hero of America’s undocumented worker population?

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE

Broken Promises From the Divider in Chief

Cooling the flames of his campaign, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has turned toward “fraternité” in his style of governance, striking a sharp contrast with the divisive politics of George W. Bush (aka The Uniter).

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE

Leadership Vacuum Leaves the Electorate Pissy

The nation is unhappy over Washington’s many flops, and the failure of the immigration bill is the latest result of the voters’ crankiness.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE

U.S. Accidentally Seized Part of Mexico

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foxnews.com

It turns out that 1.5 miles of a seven-year-old border fence between the U.S. and Mexico was accidentally built between one and six feet into Mexican territory. Mexico wants it moved as soon as possible, which could cost the U.S. more than $3 million.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE

Immigration Bill Sinks in Senate

After attempting to collaborate on a workable immigration bill, President Bush and the Senate couldn’t see eye to eye on the issue.  The vote count fell 14 short of the 60 required to pass the bill Thursday.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE

Lott’s Wisdom: Illegal Immigrants Are Like Goats

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AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

When you combine a goat with an electric fence you get the solution ... to illegal immigration? That’s Sen. Trent Lott’s answer to the immigration question.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE

Political Migration









Posted on Jun 21, 2007 ENLARGE

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:  Immigration and Ignorance

As the immigration issue takes the front-and-center position in Congress, opportunities for real reform—as well as legitimization for millions of undocumented workers—are being squandered in each round of deliberation over the pending legislation.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

Romney Debates Himself









Posted on Jun 18, 2007 ENLARGE

Satire: Congress Hires Illegals to Write Immigration Bill

Congress will form a “guest congressman” program so illegal immigrants can do the work they’d rather not: reform immigration.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE

Odd Couple Still Pushing Immigration Reform

Reid and Bush
needlenose.com

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Bush are determined to push through the ailing immigration reform bill, despite heavy opposition from both sides of the aisle.  Reid, who has partnered with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Democrats would work through the July 4 recess if necessary.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE

Stop Blaming the System

We have become political hypochondriacs. We seem eager to declare that “the system” has come down with some dread disease, to proclaim that an ideological “center” blessed by the heavens no longer exists, and woe unto us. An imperfect immigration bill is pulled from the Senate floor and you’d think the Capitol dome had caved in.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE

Bush Adamant About Gonzales, Immigration

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AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

President Bush had a break from U.S. politics during his G-8 summit sojourn over the last week, but as he geared up for his return on Monday, the president threw down the gauntlet, challenging Democrats in Congress on their votes against Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and pledging to push his immigration bill through the legislative process despite resistance.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE

Facing Extinction









Posted on Jun 4, 2007 ENLARGE

O’Reilly on America’s ‘Complexion’ Change

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In this latest dispatch from the “No Spin Zone,” Bill O’Reilly frets with Sen. John McCain about the “legitimate fear” that undocumented workers and their “extended families” will infiltrate the U.S., setting off a domino effect that will “sink the Republican Party” and—“pardon the pun”—alter America’s “complexion” permanently.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

L.A. Police Chief: ‘It All Broke Down’

As he delivered a report on the May Day incident to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Chief William Bratton acknowledged that his officers made mistakes born out of a breakdown in communication. Video of riot police firing rubber bullets into an apparently peaceful and compliant gathering of immigration protesters on May 1 sparked public outrage and an investigation.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE

Immigration Reform’s Rosy Future

Senators on both sides of the aisle have serious misgivings about the immigration reform bill but, at the end of the day, it’s just too good a political opportunity to let slip away.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE

Speeding Past Compassion









Posted on May 28, 2007 ENLARGE

Americans Back Immigration Proposals

While opposition in Washington to the new immigration bill spans the political spectrum, the major proposals of the legislation find widespread support among the American people, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents say they support reforms to the immigration system, including the eventual legalization of immigrants and a guest worker program.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE

Bush: If Iraqis Ask, We’ll Leave

President Bush addressed reporters Thursday about Congress’ latest strategy for Iraq and insisted that U.S. forces would leave if the Iraqi government requested they do so.  Bush said that Iraq’s fledgling democracy needs to follow “benchmarks” stipulated in the plan and that “arbitrary timetables” for American troops’ withdrawal from Iraq have been nixed.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE

America’s Love-Hate Relationship With Immigration

America has always had an immigration “problem,” just as it has always been a beacon for the downtrodden who seek a better life here and, in doing so, make it a better country.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE

Trading Secrets

The Democratic Party leadership is stabbing its base in the back with secret “free trade” deals made behind closed doors with the White House. Now congressional Democrats may be on the verge of a significant split.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE

Immigration Bill Isn’t Perfect, but the Alternative Is Insane

Ted Kennedy, John McCain, George W. Bush and others who want sensible, real-world immigration reform—yes, I just used the president’s name in the same sentence with “sensible”—are going to have to stop running from the word “amnesty.” The new Senate immigration deal is going to get chased clean out of town unless its supporters stand and fight.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE

Immigration Deal in the Works

The stage is set for a possible Senate showdown next week after top Democratic and Republican senators came to an agreement Thursday with White House officials on the particulars for a proposed immigration overhaul.

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE

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