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Lighter Skin Pays Off for Immigrants in U.S.

skin shade
original: booster.co.il / alteration by Peter Scheer

A new study of thousands of immigrants found that those with lighter skin earned more money than immigrants of similar background whose skin was darker. “On average, being one shade lighter has about the same effect as having an additional year of education,” the study’s author said.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE
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U.S. Officials Caught Mistreating Immigrants

A report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general has found that immigration and customs officials mistreated illegal immigrants held in facilities around the country. But the ACLU and others have criticized the report, charging that it ignored the most serious allegations.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE

Adding Insult to Instability

refugees
nytimes.com

It turns out America is much better at creating refugees than taking care of them. While thousands of Iraqis flee their homeland every day, the U.S. had planned to accept only 500 this year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE

Romney’s Hypocrisy on Illegal Workers Exposed

Mitt Romney
From ThinkProgress

Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 presidential hopeful and outspoken critic of illegal immigration, has for years employed a landscaping firm that uses undocumented workers to tend his home’s lawn.
It’s not the action we care about; it’s the hypocrisy. And lest you think this is not a big deal…. (Read on)

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE

Truthdig’s One Year Anniversary

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Truthdig turned one year old last Wednesday, and we couldn’t have done it without you. So thanks!  In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back on 12 of the most popular stories of the last 12 months.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE

Vatican Condemns Border Policy

Days after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed concerns over the proposed (but unfunded) 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, a high-ranking representative of the pope called the measure part of an “inhuman program.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE

Andy Borowitz: Bush Proposes Making Illegal Immigrants ‘Guest Voters’

The political satirist reports that the president also proposed erecting a 700-foot fence around Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE

Immigrant Children Trapped in Limbo

The Washington Post examines the plight of child immigrants, caught between conflicting government agencies that seek to reunite families while at the same time working to deport them.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE

Border Fence Not Expected to Curb Illegal Immigration

US-Mexico border
aljazeera.net

Experts have challenged the effectiveness of the 700-mile fence planned for the U.S.-Mexico border, citing a robust smuggling industry and statistics that show around half of all illegal immigrants simply overstayed their visas.

Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE

John Oliver?s American Odyssey

John Oliver

The “Daily Show?s” ?foreigner? correspondent, John Oliver, reports from the front lines of the immigration debate, sharing his own harrowing experience: ?Jon, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born not American.?

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Buchanan Misses White America

Pat Buchanan

While out pimping his book, Pat Buchanan made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, where he exposed himself with a statement as racist as it was whiny: ?I?d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.?  (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Fear Mongering with a Dash of Racism From Sen. Burns… Again

Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, a man who not so long ago referred to his house painter as a “nice little Guatemalan man,” has delivered yet another stunning one-liner. Ready for the punch line? At a campaign event with Laura Bush, Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying “faceless” enemies “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” Nice.

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE

Immigrants Don’t Hurt U.S. Jobs, Says Study

In what could be tantamount to dropping a neutron bomb on xenophobes like Lou Dobbs, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that high levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers. But some economists question the study’s technique.

  • Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper on the myths of America’s immigration debate.

  • Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE

    While Feds Stall, Locals Tackle Big Issues

    In the face of stagnant federal policy, more and more localities have adopted their own measures to address the environment, stem-cell research and immigration.  Impatient for action from deadlocked Washington, cities and states have increasingly crafted their own policies regarding the major issues of the day, even reaching out to foreign leaders.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE

    GOP Rep. King Compares Latinos to Drunks

    Steve King
    From C-span.org

    The anti-immigration congressman made a speech before Congress in May that blasted the idea of providing interpreters for Spanish speakers at polling stations, saying the practice would “coddle” Hispanics, “just like an enabler for an alcoholic, hand them a bottle of booze so they do not cure themselves….”

  • This is the same guy who recently proposed erecting an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and compared Latinos to livestock.
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    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Marie Cocco: Your Papers, Please

    The current push to require voters to supply proof of citizenship at the voting booth has very little to do with preventing illegal voting and much more to do with keeping away from the polls those most likely to vote for Democrats.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

    The legislation would mark the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades. The bill contains a guest-worker program and offers undocumented workers a path to legal residence and even citizenship (after paying fines). It is far more immigrant-friendly than the House version. Now comes the fight over reconciling the two bills.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Molly Ivins: ‘Yes, I Am Actually Calling Them Racist’

    “By all means, reform immigration with this deep obeisance to the Republican right-wing nut faction and their open contempt for ‘foreigners.’ But do not pretend for one minute that it is not a craven political bow to racism.”

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE

    Fatal Shooting at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

    Authorities killed the driver of a truck suspected of transporting illegal immigrants.
    A sign of things to come?

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Liberty Laid Low









    Posted on May 18, 2006 ENLARGE

    Senate Backs Fence, Access to Citizenship

    The Senate has voted to build 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along the Mexico border, but also has endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
    Interesting mixed message, but perhaps the best that could be hoped for, given the political climate.

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Joe Conason: On Immigration, Too Late for Bush’s Good Intentions

    “Bush has proved so incompetent as president that he lacks credibility. Sending thousands of troops southward now in an effort to appear tough only underscores his failure.”

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush’s Immigration Troops









    Posted on May 17, 2006 ENLARGE

    Bush’s Immigration Plan









    Posted on May 17, 2006 ENLARGE

    Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

    “It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE

    Chertoff Disparaged Idea of Sending Troops to Border

    Six months ago, Bush’s Homeland Security chief said this about stationing National Guard troops on the Mexico border: “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush’s Immigration Plan Pleases No One

    Bush immigration speech
    AP Television News

    That’s the N.Y. Times’ take. If you want to read expert analysis on the politics and policies behind Bush’s speech, check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper’s article.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE

    Marc Cooper: Bush’s Immigration Speech Is Bad Policy, Bad Politics

    American flag at the U.S.-Mexico border
    info-news.org

    One of the nation’s leading experts on immigration policy writes that Bush’s May 15 speech “had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics.”
    Instead of sending National Guard troops to the border, “Bush could have saved the taxpayers a load and sent a few battalions of Boy Scouts to do this job.”

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush to Call for Guard Troops on Border

    The president will call for thousands of National Guard troops to augment Border Patrol agents. Democrats point out that National Guard troops are already overextended in Iraq. 

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Wag the Dog?

    Wag the Dog
    From thezreview.co.uk

    President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.
    Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue?
    Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Molly Ivins: Race Card Backfires on Republicans

    Dec. 16, 2005, is a day that will live in infamy in the Hall of Fame of Unintended Republican Consequences.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE

    Over 1 Million Attend Protests

    Immigration Boycott Protest
    AP / Charlies Rex Arbogast

    The mostly Hispanic immigrants flooded the streets of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami and other cities, causing shutdowns at ports, factories and construction sites. The total impact is unknown.

  • Marc Cooper strips away the myths surrounding the immigration debate.
  • Read about how many companies would simply shut down if it weren’t for illegal labor.
  • Read “The Case for Globalized Labor,” which argues that it is “economically and morally wrong for the world’s poor immigrants to be locked out of work in the richest countries.”

  • Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE

    Greed, Sex Slavery and Forced Abortions—Made in the USA

    Saipan workers
    From Ms. magazine

    Ms. Magazine documents quasi-endentured servitude in garment factories in the Northern Mariana Islands—which, because they’re a territory of the U.S., labels their clothes “Made in the USA.” The surprise: Jack Abramoff facilitated the situation.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE

    Molly Ivins: White House Whopper Becomes Instant Classic

    “Personally, I think this is a really good time not to keep up. The more you try, the less sense it makes.”

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Szep - Uncle Sam on Immigration









    Posted on Apr 11, 2006 ENLARGE

    Szep - Immigration Reform









    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 ENLARGE

    No Deal on Immigration

    The immigration bill, which seemed to have majority support, failed in the Senate Friday amid efforts to amend the bill. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the amendments proposed by conservative Republicans “filibuster by amendment.” So much for the hyped bipartisan compromise on immigration reform.

    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE

    Jeb Bush Calls Immigration Debate ‘Hurtful’

    Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba
    From floridagovernorsmansion.com

    The Florida governor calls the anti-immigration “chest pounding” of politicians hurtful to him and his Mexican-born wife, Columba. Hats off to Jeb for breaking ranks on this one.
    Funny how it can take personal, familial experience for right-wingers to show some compassion on social issues. (See: Dick Cheney, father of a lesbian, breaking ranks with Bush on gay marriage.)

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE

    Immigration 101 for Beginners and Non-Texans

    Ivins weighs in on immigration reform, “The Fence” and corporate America’s demand for cheap labor.

    Posted on Mar 30, 2006 READ MORE

    Legalize the ‘Illegals’

    Mexican Border Fence
    Powell

    “This is a moment of truth for America. It is time to acknowledge that we need the immigrant workers as much as they need us, and to begin to treat them with the respect they deserve.”

    Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE

    Senate Panel Passes Immigration Bill

    The bill, which requires approval by the full Senate, clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, and will allow some 1.5 million workers to seek temporary jobs legally.
    This is a big win for the hundreds of thousands of people who joined protest marches this past weekend.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Immigration Rally Is Largest in L.A. History

    LA_protest_march
    From blogging.la

    An estimated crowd of more than 500,000 thronged downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest a tightening of the country’s immigration laws.

    Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE

    GOP Senator Caught in Bind on Immigration

    Immigration_protests
    Ann Johansson / AP Photo

    On a day when tens of thousands have taken to the nation’s streets to protest a tightening of immigration laws, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas finds himself pinched between conservative “no amnesty” types and and Texas’ huge immigrant population.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Frist Throws Immigration Debate Into Disarray

    border_wall
    From Nic Paget-Clarke / inmotionmagazine.com

    The Republican senator stunned both Democrats and the GOP alike by introducing an immigration bill that bypasses others now being debated. Bighearted guy that he is, Frist left out a guest-worker provision—which many conservatives view as amnesty for undocumented workers. (But which even Bush supported….)
    Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper to strip away the myths surrounding this hotly debated issue.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE

    The Great Immigration Debate: Getting Beyond Denial

    Border Patrol Immigration

    Marc Cooper peels away the myths shrouding the U.S. immigration debate.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Say What? Bush Pushing International Engagement?

    According to the N.Y. Times, Bush is beginning to look for international help on issues of national security and global economics.
    Hmmm ... maybe he shouldn’t have set the stage for such a request by pissing off the entire world. On the “you gotta be kidding me” scale, this ranks right up there with his recent declaration that the nation must break its “oil addiction.”

    Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Some Baby, Somewhere Soon, Will Become 300 Millionth American

    With the population growing by one person every 14 seconds, the mark will likely be reached in October, say demographers. | story

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush Appointments Garner Cries of Cronyism

    New immigration head lacks experience, is niece of former military chief. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE

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