Browsing all posts from February, 2009.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Obama Can’t Play Centrist on Immigration Crisis

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION seems quite capable of centrist positioning on many issues, including immigration reform. While some argue centrist position allows Obama to effectively reach consensus, immigration reform is an issue that he cannot play sides with.

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Let’s Give Joe Arpaio the Attention He Craves.

SHOULD "America's Toughest Sheriff" get a free pass on his controversial tactics? Should he round up immigrants at traffic stops and force them to sleep in separate "Tent Cities" in the desert? Feed them food dyed green? Force them to wear pink underwear? Cage them in electric fencing?

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On Immigration, We Need A Change We Can Believe In

NCLR: ESCALATING IMMIGRATION RAIDS and local police crackdowns over the past eight years have spread indiscriminate terror among millions of people who pose no threat to the United States and who have lived peacefully and productively within our borders for years.

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Classic Oscars Moments

IN 1973, Marlon Brando refused his Oscar award for The Godfather. American Indian Sacheen Littlefeather very respectfully declines the award in his place.

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Olvídalo

A BREAK IN THE NEWS and such for a moving video that you can also move to and that may also move you! Olvídalo by Dante, with a guest appearance by una dancing calavera mujer.

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Simple Division

THE TELESCREENS WORK ONLY IN ONE DIRECTION. The conversations are filtered, edited, neutered for your own protection. Even when we discuss such pivotal and worldshaking events as this economic malfunction we are rarely talking without misdirection. So much dialogue spat out in the service of maintaining so much division. It's time to look to the building blocks of these quaking towers and reconfigure the entire equation.

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Grind it, Grind it, Grind it! You Grind it in México!

SOME OF THE LOVELY LILA for your smooth Sunday enjoyment. Nobody can cook it up like her, eh? No. The correct answer is no!

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To One Judge, At Least, Migrants Have Rights

IT MUST BE FRUSTRATING FOR ICE when they are reminded that there are laws that protect the vulnerable. After all, moving about under the radar of mainstream concern, it must be easy for them to feel unbound, unchecked, all-powerful, and unstoppable. But perhaps we see signs now that the honeybucket period is ending.

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Feeding Morsels of Migrants to the Economic Maw

THE NATION'S EYES are fixed upon a trembling economy. It affects our ability to survive, to thrive, and even think rationally. This crisis impacts the lives of immigrants on multiple levels, be it through provisions to the economic stimulus bill, individual lawmen exceeding the bounds of their office, or a scrambling Pentagon viewing immigrants as easy fodder for the war machine.

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NCLR and NDN Call For Congress to Pass Immigration Reform This Year

WASHINGTON DC —The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President and CEO, Janet Murguía, will participate in a panel at NDN—one of the leading U.S. progressive think tanks and advocacy organizations—entitled, “Making the Case for Passing Immigration Reform this Year.” The panel is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m.

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New York Post Pretends to be Tone Deaf to the Times

IN THIS DAY we can claim that electing a black man as POTUS means we are enlightened. At the same time, cartoonists and political commentators act as if their thinking process exists back in the 1950s or some place they can speak and write with impunity without considering racial context, oppression, or histories of violence. This inconsistency exists in the service of reinforcing and continuing racism.

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Mexican Citizenry Rise up to Protest Army’s Violence

WE CAN IGNORE MEXICO'S STRUGGLE for a tiny bit longer, maybe. But the truth is, all these injustices we rail against are connected. No border can separate them. Once we join hands in fighting the crooked elites who trick and rule and exploit us, they have no hope of winning.

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US Border Patrol Smuggles PSYOP-Corridos Into Mexico

PSYOPS is the phrase of the decade. From Fake Iraq news to fake US news and now in the form of secretly produced corridos meant to slip into Mexican society and deter border crossings. La Migra fancy themselves clever with a new jazzy form of deception.

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Blackwater Thinks You Will Ignore Them If You Can’t Pronounce Them

THE SHADOWY OUTFIT known best for running rampant wild death squad gangster style in Iraq, Erik Prince's Blackwater, have decided (oddly) that "Blackwater" is a name that doesn't inspire the most confidence in the public.

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They Ought to Drag Arpaio Away in Chains and Pink Underwear

UNLEASHED ON THE IMMIGRANT COMUNIDAD by section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (which hands over federal immigration-related duties to local lawmen) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has incensed many good Americans and repulsed the rest with his strange, medieval behaviors. Today, the US House Judiciary Committee signals the jig is up.