Nation’s Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore Gets Evicted

Nation's Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore Gets Evicted

For the past year and a half, San Francisco’s family-owned Marcus Books has been fighting eviction. The store has been located in the city’s historically African-American Fillmore district since 1960 and has been in its current location, in the storefront of the Johnson family-owned Victorian home, since 1981, making it the oldest black-owned bookstore in the country. But this week, the Johnsons were locked out of their store — and their home — by the building’s new landlords.

In a letter to supporters, bookstore owners Tamiko, Greg and Karen Johnson wrote the following explaining the family’s plight:

Dear Supporters: 

It was difficult to know what to tell you about our struggle to stay in our building, its winding path of lawyers and judges and protests and promises, hopes and gravities made it difficult to report our status on a curved road. But the current property owner has changed the locks to the door of 1712 Fillmore Street.

Marcus Books missed a couple of rent payments (not such a rare thing considering that at the same time the largest US banks and even our government asked taxpayers to give them hundreds of billions of dollars of assistance). However, the mortgage holder, PLM Lender, foreclosed on the building that housed Marcus Books of San Francisco since 1981. It was sold to the Sweis family (realtors and owners of Royal Taxi in San Francisco). The Johnson family (co-owners of Marcus Books of San Francisco) has been trying to buy the building back for a year and half.   

The Sweis’ bought this building in a bankruptcy “auction” (apparently, they were the only bidder) for $1.6 million. The Johnsons offered $1.8 million; the Sweis set their price at $3.20 million, hoping to double their purchase price after a few months ownership. After some public outrage resulting in public protests against the Sweis, a negotiation brought their asking price down to $2.6 million, adding a million dollar profit to their purchase without adding any improvements to the property and adding a stipulation that the entire $2.6 million be raised within 90 days.

Marcus Books supporters, including the local chapter of the NAACP; ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment; Japantown activists; Westside Community Services; Julian Davis, our fearless legal council; Carlos Levexier’s “Keep It Lit” campaign committee; local literary community including writers and other bookstores; people from all over the world: friends, family, customers, churches and unions took a stand against the bulldozing of community. Individuals, unions, and churches donated $25,000. The Community Land Trust of San Francisco garnered loan pledges of $200,000 and Westside Community Services offered a loan of $1.60 million. Though by any standards that would have been more than enough for a down payment, the Sweiss’ refused the $1.85 million start and filed for eviction.

Concurrently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution requiring every division of city government make it a priority that they each use their “powers” to help Marcus Books stay in its location. In addition, and after 5 years of efforts by John Templeton (the leader in Black California history), and Greg Johnson (co-owner of Marcus Books of San Francisco), London Breed and Malia Cohen, two San Francisco Supervisors, initiated the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote granting landmark status.

With the numerous speeches of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stating his commitment to righting the wrongs of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s slaughter of the thriving African American Fillmore District, we at Marcus Books believed the City would take some affirmative action on our behalf, since Marcus Books is the only surviving Black business since the Redevelopment devastation. Maybe that support is around the next bend? Well the locks have been changed, the cavalry is not in sight, and it’s time to pack up the books and store them till we find another space.

You might ask yourself, why bother? Materialism rules the day. That is not news. More often than not, we take it for granted that the “bottom line” is the only line worth respecting, though it respects no one. This is a common conception, but not right. Right is the vertical line that runs through all levels: from its spiritual top to its earthly roots. This verticality is manifested only by integrity. Integrity defies gravity in its perpetual longing for truth. Millions of people have been put out of their homes by bottom-line-feeders. It’s common, but it’s not okay, now or at any other time. Sometimes you just have to take a stand. Integrity is a verb.

In 1970, I had a vision bout rebirth. A segment of that vision informs this struggle. In this particular scene, the spirit is climbing the Tree of Humanity, being lifted higher and higher by those entwined in The Tree. The spirit never steps on anyone’s face or heart. It just carries their dreams up with it. Because it is growing towards rebirth, it gets younger with each step up. Though there are thousands of supporters at the bottom of The Tree, there are fewer at the top and the helping hands are fewer and far between. At the top of The Tree, at the stratum of the clouds, quantity has morphed in into quality. Here a storm of wind and rain rages, lightning strikes and a mad dog spirals up The Tree, snapping at the heels of the now, infant spirit. Teetering on a limb, the spirit sees a man face down in the mud at the bottom of The Tree. Seems he got there from letting go of his faith in The Tree. The surrounding clouds urge the spirit fall.
“Cross Section”
The rumors, that were whispered,
            Here, the silence screams,
            And branches battle shadows
            To defend their dreams.
            Where Black is cut in pieces,
            Can’t hold myself together.
            Time cuts me down,
            Life me brought up,
            But lead me to this weather.
            The Time says, ‘Fall
            To soulless ease.
            To struggle is disgrace.
            The gravity will grant you peace,
            And hide your shameful face.’
            But I am born of honor:
            Descendent from above.
            My Father’s name is Wisdom
            And my Mother’s name is Love.
            And I have strength of purpose.
            That’s what my climb’s about.
            As I’m cut off,
            I will hold ON
            And trustingly Black-out.”
(Copyright 1997, Karen Johnson)
 For the hundreds of people who have lent their time, money, and prayers, we are truly grateful.
—Tamiko, Greg, and Karen Johnson, co-owners Marcus Books of San Francisco

Kara Walker, Edwidge Danticat Explore the Human Price of Sugar

Kara Walker, Edwidge Danticat Explore the Human Price of Sugar

Kara Walker’s first large-scale public project is currently on display at Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar Factory. Walker’s installation is called “Subtlety” and features a gigantic figure with African features, posed to resemble a 35-foot sphinx encrusted with sugar and to receive your questions. The exhibition urges us to take into account sugar’s human cost. 

The exhibition is presented in partnership with Creative Time, which also published this essay by Edwidge Danticat about Haitian workers on Dominican sugar plantations:

Recruited under false pretenses and sometimes trafficked from Haiti, many of these men and women (and children too) work in Dominican sugarcane villages, or bateyes, in conditions that barely differ from those of their 18th-century forebears. During the zafra, or cane harvest season, they work from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Yet they are barely able to pay for the food they eat. Some have their identity papers taken from them and fall into such bottomless debt that it becomes impossible for them to leave. Their children cannot go to school or learn a trade. Given the world’s insatiable appetite for sugar, this brutal cycle might well drag into the next century.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United States imports more than 200,000 tons of sugar from the Dominican Republic each year. This makes the Dominican Republic the United States’ largest sugar partner among those countries—including Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador—that signed the 2004 Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report on conditions in the bateyes that found evidence of “potential violations” of the CAFTA-DR agreement. The report cited child labor, forced labor (especially for those at risk of deportation) and deplorable living conditions, including a lack of sanitation facilities and potable water.

Recently the High Court of the Dominican Republic ruled that only those who have lived in the country since 1929 and have one Dominican parent are entitled to Dominican citizenship. This ruling, by most accounts, would render nearly half a million Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless.

Read more over at Creative Time. 

Angela Davis Talks ‘Orange is the New Black,’ Prison Abolition

Angela Davis Talks 'Orange is the New Black,' Prison Abolition

Angela Davis, who’s back at UCLA 45 years after being fired, recently gave a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times. It’s an excerpted portion of what’s certainly a much longer transcript and touches on everything from communism to the genre of radical writing from the 1970s. But this part about “Orange is the New Black” stood out to me, in part because it’s a pop culture reference to the prison abolition work that Davis has done for decades:

Congress is working on prison-sentence reform. Many states have banned capital punishment. Isn’t this encouraging?

I’ve associated myself with the prison abolition movement; that does not mean I refuse to endorse reforms. There is a very important campaign against solitary confinement, a reform that is absolutely necessary. The difference resides in whether the reforms help to make life more habitable for people in prison, or whether they further entrench the prison-industrial complex itself. So it’s not an either-or situation.

What would a just prison system look like to you?

It’s complicated. Most of us in the 21st century abolitionist movement look to W.E.B. Du Bois’ critique about the abolition of slavery — that it was not enough simply to throw away the chains. The real goal was to re-create a democratic society that would allow for the incorporation of former slaves. [Prison abolition] would be about building a new democracy: substantive rights to economic sustenance, to healthcare; more emphasis on education than incarceration; creating new institutions that would tend to make prisons obsolete.

It is possible, but even [if it doesn’t happen], we can move to a very different kind of justice that does not require a retributive impulse when someone does something terrible.

Do you watch the prison-themed comedy-drama “Orange Is the New Black”?

I not only saw the series but I read [Piper Kerman’s] memoir. She has a much deeper analysis than one sees in the series, but as a person who has looked at the role of women’s prisons in visual culture, primarily films, I think [the series] isn’t bad. There are so many aspects that often don’t [appear in] depictions of people in those oppressive circumstances. “12 Years a Slave,” for example — one thing I missed in that film was some sense of joy, some sense of pleasure, some sense of humanity.

Will this be on the syllabus for her graduate seminar this semester? 

Video: Beyoncé Re-Make Says Every Body is Flawless

Video: Beyoncé Re-Make Says Every Body is Flawless Play

Here’s a little body positivity for your Thrursday!

These three plus-sized beauties got together to do an empowering reinterpretation of Beyoncé “Bow Down” video.  The video stars model and blogger Gabifresh, Nadia Aboulhosn and Tess Munster. 

(The Plus Size Life)

Spike Lee to Turn ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Into Showtime Miniseries

Spike Lee to Turn 'She's Gotta Have It' Into Showtime Miniseries

Spike Lee recently announced that he’s teaming up with Showtime to turn his debut 1986 film “She’s Gotta Have It” into a miniseries. As my colleague Stacia L. Brown writes at the Washington Post, there’s plenty of reason to worry:

There’s just one dark cloud looming over this otherwise wonderful news: Spike Lee himself. Lee is reportedly writing and directing the Showtime series, and anyone familiar with his treatment of women characters in the near-30-year span since the original “She’s Gotta Have It” knows why this might give viewers pause.

It’s true that Lee created the free-spirited avant garde Nola of our nostalgic longing. But he also undermined her agency by writing in a scene wherein one of her suitors, Jamie Overstreet, intends to “tame” her into monogamous commitment by forcing himself on her. If one of the film’s conceits is to run Nola’s sexual freedom through the sieve of “traditional” gender role reversal, where a woman is the more vocal, proactive party in sexual pursuits and men are, for the most part, compliant with her whims, then the assault reads as cautionary: Women like Nola cannot trifle with men, lest they “put her in her place.” 

Read more over at the Washington Post

TAGS: HBO Spike Lee

Jet Magazine Cuts Print Edition After 63 Years

Jet Magazine Cuts Print Edition After 63 Years


After being a staple in black American households for 63 years, Jet magazine will no longer publish a regular print edition — it’s making the move to digital. Johnson Publishing chairwoman Linda Johnson Rice says, “We are not saying goodbye to Jet, we are embracing the future as my father did in 1951.”


TAGS: JET Magazine

bell hooks Talks Feminist Liberation With Stars of ‘20 Feet From Stardom,’ ‘Pariah’

bell hooks Talks Feminist Liberation With Stars of '20 Feet From Stardom,' 'Pariah'

Another day, another livestream. To cap off her most recent speaking series at the New School, feminist scholar bell hooks will be talking about feminist liberation with recent film stars Lisa Fischer (“20 Feet From Stardom) and Kim Skyes (“Pariah”). Fischer, you may remember, was one of the most transcendent singers featured in “20 Feet From Stardom,” and spoke at length about the spiritual work that it takes to find longevity in the entertainment industry. The talk begins at 4pm EST. 

(The New School)

Here’s the Season 2 Trailer for ‘Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce’

Here's the Season 2 Trailer for 'Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce' Play

The second season of Big Freedia’s reality TV show kicks off on June 11 on Fuse. The show follows Freedia making his debut album, putting together a live show, and dealing with his mother’s battle with cancer.


Angela Davis Returns to UCLA 45 Years After Being Fired

Angela Davis, on returning to UCLA 45 years after being fired by the Board of Regents for her ties to the Communist Party, had this to say to a campus magazine:

“I never in my wildest imagination would have thought accepting the position here at UCLA would have led to that kind of notoriety,” said Davis, 70, who was a professor in the history of consciousness and feminist studies from 1991 to 2008 at UC Santa Cruz and is now retired. “At that time, my sense was: ‘Why did I do this?’

“I wasn’t seeking fame,” she added. “I wasn’t seeking notoriety. I just wanted to be a teacher and an activist.”

Davis is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and will be teaching a graduate seminar in gender studies this Spring. Read more over at UCLA’s website.

For folks who are eager to take a trip down memory lane, here’s Davis’ speaking about her firing in 1969. She says that “those involved in the conspiracy seem to be either ignorant or outright distainful of the very process of education.” Davis taught her first class at UCLA on October 6, 1969. Two days later, she was fired.

Questlove on the Disappearance of Black Cool

Questlove on the Disappearance of Black Cool

In his third installment of essays over at New York Magazine, Questlove breaks down the slow and steady disappearance of black cool:

These days, the vast majority of hip-hop artists follow a script because they’re trying to succeed in a game whose rules are clear. To paraphrase Barthes: American hip-hop is usually based on imitation, and it is meant to produce artists who are users of the existing tradition, not creators. And because of that, black culture in general — which has defaulted into hip-hop — is no longer perceived as an interesting vanguard, as a source of potential disruption or a challenge to the dominant. It might be worth watching if nothing else is on, but you don’t need to keep an eye on it. And that leads to a more distressing question, not rhetorical this time: Once you don’t have a cool factor any longer — when cool gets decoupled from African-American culture — what happens to the way that black people are seen?

Are they seen? That’s also not rhetorical. The majority of any population listens to rules. Most people do what society tells them to, to a predictable degree. Those people don’t need to be monitored, because they aren’t any threat at all. There’s a second, smaller group that shows itself over time to be ungovernable. Most of those people are warehoused, locked away in prisons or otherwise contained. Neither of those two groups needs to be seen — not really, not in the sense of being significantly visible to the culture at large. But what about those rare people who remain ungovernable and free? What about the people who draw society’s surveilling gaze and gaze back levelly? Those people are cool. Pick your icon: Hendrix or Ali or Pryor. Think about how they handled being handled. And in black America, traditionally, the rest of us need those people. They produce a wide and welcome positive halo effect. They teach by example that a certain edginess and individuality can persist without being stamped out.

Read more over at New York Magazine

Watch a Promo for Maya Rudolph’s New Variety Show

Watch a Promo for Maya Rudolph's New Variety Show Play

“The Maya Rudolph Show” premieres on NBC on May 19. Here’s the first official preview. Enjoy!

(Shadow and Act)

Here’s a List of What Junot Díaz Wants You to Read

Here's a List of What Junot Díaz Wants You to Read

Award-winning author Junot Díaz published an essay in the New Yorker last week that took aim at the general whiteness of most MFA writing programs. “From what I saw the plurality of students and faculty had been educated exclusively in the tradition of writers like William Gaddis, Francine Prose, or Alice Munro—and not at all in the traditions of Toni Morrison, Cherrie Moraga, Maxine Hong-Kingston, Arundhati Roy, Edwidge Danticat, Alice Walker, or Jamaica Kincaid,” he wrote about his time as an MFA student at Cornell in the ’90s.

And based on his experiences as a teacher and speaker, not much has changed in the past two decades. Prachi Gupta was able to track down the syllabus for one of his classes at MIT, where he currently teaches. Take a look:


Description: “This class concerns the design and analysis of imaginary (or constructed) worlds for narrative media such as roleplaying games, films, comics, videogames and literary texts. … The class’ primary goal is to help participants create better imaginary worlds - ultimately all our efforts should serve that higher purpose.”

Prerequisites: “You will need to have seen Star Wars (episode four: A New Hope) and read The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.”

Reading List:

“A Princess of Mars” by ER Burroughs
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller
“Sunshine” by Robin McKinley
“V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
“The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” by NK Jemisin
“Lilith’s Brood” by Octavia Butler
“Perdido Street Station” by China Miéville
“Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson (Recommended)

Some things to consider always when taking on a new world: What are its primary features—spatial, cultural, biological, fantastic, cosmological? What is the world’s ethos (the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize the world)? What are the precise strategies that are used by its creator to convey the world to us and us to the world? How are our characters connected to the world? And how are we the viewer or reader or player connected to the world?

Advanced Fiction

Description: “An advanced workshop on the writing and critiquing of prose.”

Reading List:
“Clara” by Roberto Bolaño
“Hitting Budapest” by NoViolet Bulawayo
“Whites” by Julie Otsuka
“Ghosts” by Edwidge Danticat
“My Good Man” by Eric Gansworth
“Gold Boy, Emerald Girl” by Yiyun Li
“Bounty” by George Saunders

When reached by phone, Díaz told Salon: “If race or gender (or any other important social force) are not part of your interpretive logic—if they’re not part of what you consider the real—then you’re leaving out most of what has made our world our world. This is a long way of saying that it’s not the books you teach, but how you teach them.”


Who’s Got the Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop?

Who's Got the Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop?

Would you believe it if I told you that Snoop, 2pac, Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne were just average rappers? That’s according to a data visualization of the largest vocabularies in hip-hop by designer Matt Daniels

Daniels was on a quest to show that rappers can stand alongside literary greats when it comes to discussions about lyrical dexterity. He took 85 artists and compared their first 35,000 lyrics, and what he found was fascinating. Longtime indie rapper Aesop Rock came in at number one, which isn’t surprising if you’ve ever listened to his first LP “Labor Days.” All of Wu-Tang’s 10 members were ahead of the pack generally, but GZA led the group. The Roots were also near the front of the pack. Meanwhile, Outkast and E-40 came in at numbers 14-15.

To summarize what it all means, Robert Gonzalez at io9 quoted Jay Z’s “Black Album:”

I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars

They criticized me for it, yet they all yell “holla”

If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be

Lyrically Talib Kweli

Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense

But I did 5 mil - I ain’t been rhyming like Common since

* This piece has been updated. 

TAGS: hip-hop rap

Watch bell hooks and Janet Mock Talk About Liberating the Black Female Body

Watch bell hooks and Janet Mock Talk About Liberating the Black Female Body

Are you still a slave? That’s the provocative question at the center of a new livestreamed discussion that’s being led by feminist scholar bell hooks at the New School on Tuesday afternoon. The chat will focus on liberating the black female body, and hooks will be joined by transgender activist Janet Mock, author Marci Blackman, and film director Shola Lynch. That chat begins at 4pm EST. Tune in. 

Tuesday’s talk is part of a series at the school that wraps up on Wednesday, May 7. You can find more about it here

(New School)

Breakdancing Monks Pay Tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

Breakdancing Monks Pay Tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Play

This weekend marked the third annual MCA Day, which pays tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. The pioneering musician passed away on May 4, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. But a group of men dressed as Tibetan monks decided not to dwell in such sadness. Instead, they pulled off a pretty epic performance in New York City’s Union Square.

Why robes? As Angry Asian Man explains, Yauch was a practicing Buddhist at the time of his death and was active in the Tibetan Independence Movement. 

(h/t Angry Asian Man)


SNL’s Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

SNL's Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

Remember all the talk a while back about how badly “Saturday Night Live” needed more black female representation? Sasheer Zamata joined the cast and two black women writers, Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes, were hired. But Jones’ recent skit about slave rape showed that the franchise has a long way to go before getting it right on race. In fact, Jones’ recent bit about slave rape really missed the mark and proved that diversity shouldn’t be the only goal in talks about fair representation. Equity and fairness matter, too. 

Jones made the joke in reference to Lupita Nyong’o’s winning People’s “Most Beautiful” cover. Soraya Nadia McDonald summarizes what happened at the Washington Post:

In her first on-camera appearance on the show, Jones congratulated Lupita Nyong’o on winning People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Person” award, then argued for a “most useful” category for herself, asserting to “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost that she would be his pick if he were approached by three Crips in a dark parking lot. “The way we view black beauty has changed,” Jones said. “See, I’m single right now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. Strong! I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo … I’m just saying that back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better. Massah would have hooked me up with the best brotha on the plantation  … I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick.”

After fans criticized the skit, Jones tried, and failed, to defend herself on Twitter:

Beyond the fact that skit just wasn’t funny, EBONY’s Jamilah Lemeiux makes an important point: 

Black women are so often the butt of the joke. If any of us deserve to be protected from such, it is our ancestors who endured the indignity and dehumanization of slavery. Furthermore, sisters who have their own issues with dating should not have to deal with the indignity and dehumanization of another (hurt) sister making light of their pain for an audience of White folks, or anyone else, for that matter.

Whether SNL will ever get it right when it comes to Black women remains to be seen, but I’m even more curious to know when Leslie Jones will get it right for herself—and our ancestors.

Read more over at EBONY.

‘The Beygency’ Just Might Be the Greatest Beyoncé Sketch You’ll Ever Watch

'The Beygency' Just Might Be the Greatest Beyoncé Sketch You'll Ever Watch Play

Feeling lukewarm about Beyoncé? Then be careful. The Beygency may be coming after you.

(h/t Saturday Night Live)

Lupita Nyong’o, Sofia Vergara Dazzle at White House Correspondents Dinner

Lupita Nyong'o, Sofia Vergara Dazzle at White House Correspondents Dinner

Lupita Nyong’o and Sofia Vergara were among the Hollywood heavyweights in attendance at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The highlight of the night, of course, was President Obama’s 20 minute routine, which included jokes about the disastrous rollout of But the stars of “12 Years a Slave” and “Modern Family” took over the red carpet. Check them out after the jump.

‘Orange is the New Black,’ George Takei Star at GLAAD Awards

'Orange is the New Black,' George Takei Star at GLAAD Awards

The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place over the weekend in New York City and “Orange is the New Black” was the star of the show. The Netflix original series took home the night’s award for Outstanding Comedy Series while its stars wowed on the red carpet. 

The series’ win also comes after its breakout star, Laverne Cox, won an honorary award from the organization at its Los Angeles awards ceremony. The show’s second season will air on June 6.

TV icon and LGBT advocate George Takei won the night’s Vito Russo Award, whose past recipients include Rosie O’Donnell and Anderson Cooper. Never one to miss an opportunity to make a statement, Takei thanked all of the straight couples who support gay marriage “because they’re the ones who’ll be making the gay babies of tomorrow.”

See the full list of recipients here

Southern California Weekly Publishes A-Z Guide to Being Undocumented

Southern California Weekly Publishes A-Z Guide to Being Undocumented

Julio Salgado and Prerna Lal, two activists who’ve long spoken out publicly for the rights of undocumented immigrants, just published an a-z guide on life without papers in the O.C. Weekly. The guide offers illustrated definitions of terms that usually come up in the debate over immigration, including:


Alien: Term used by the federal government and legal system to refer to all immigrants, legal and otherwise, in the U.S. Also used by bigots (in combination with “illegal”) to try to seem clever. Silly bigots!



Dreamers: Shorthand for undocumented youth taken from the federal DREAM Act, which gave some limited amnesty, provided they attended college. However, it was so limited there’s now a campaign to “Drop the D word” and find a term more inclusive. Ah, progressives …


Obama, President: Deporter in Chief, with more than 2 million deportations under his belt — by far the most of any presidential administration in history. He can change this legacy with a stroke of his pen and bring amnesty to all.

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