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Rachel Maddow Exposes Racist Origins of SB1070

by on April 28 2010, 10:00AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Rachel Maddow spent a rich six minutes this week unpacking the racist roots of SB1070, Arizona’s obviously racist immigration bill. The bill, she reports, was drafted by an…

Topics: Immigration

Dim and Dimmer Chances of an Immigration Reform Bill

by on April 27 2010, 1:55PM

Washington’s game of immigration-reform dodgeball got particularly intense this week after Arizona passed its racial police state bill. Many looked east to DC, hoping that the Grand Canyon State’s new law would push lawmakers to move on immigration reform. But…

Topics: Immigration

Arizona Legislature Passes Racist Immigration Bill, Advocates Urge Governor’s Veto

by on April 14 2010, 10:00AM

Advocates in the state of Arizona are streaming into Phoenix today to urge Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto what might be the most draconian state immigration law ever passed. The Arizona legislature yesterday voted 21-to-35 along party lines to…

Topics: Immigration

Reid Plays Political Football with Latinos, Makes U-Turn on Immigration Reform Promise

by on April 13 2010, 5:55PM

Just three days after promising immediate action on an immigration bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that it will have to wait. The about-face exposes what was already pretty clear: Reid’s promise last weekend in front of…

Topics: Immigration

Senate Okays Unemployment Benefit Extension, and Gets Ready to Bungle it All Over Again Next Month

by on April 13 2010, 9:30AM

After an afternoon of long-winded speeches from both sides of the aisle, the Senate voted to move forward with the extension of unemployment benefits. The vote comes after the Senate failed to pass an extension before going on break more…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Republicans Blame the Unemployed for Unemployment, and Block Needed Benefits

by on April 12 2010, 1:10PM

It’s been a week since more than 200,000 people were booted off unemployment insurance, because the Senate failed to extend the program before taking a vacation. Senate leadership has promised to take up the issue today but Republicans are showing…

Topics: Economy

Senate Majority Leader Promises Immigration Reform Now

by on April 12 2010, 10:00AM

At a rally for immigration reform in Las Vegas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised that Congress would start work on an overhaul when it returns from break today. The announcement came as a surprise, especially after other Democratic leaders…

Topics: Immigration

287g Local Immigration Enforcement Under Fire

by on April 9 2010, 11:02AM

In Obama’s first 15 months in Office, the US continued to deport record numbers of people. The trends result from the Administration’s continued investment in immigration enforcement programs and quotas that advocates, law enforcement officials and others have long protested….

Topics: Immigration

The Morning Browse: Protecting Workers, Unemployment Benefit Barbs, Deporting Veterans

by on April 6 2010, 9:15AM

As hundreds of thousands of Americans lost unemployment benefits yesterday Senate Republicans and Democrats traded barbs about who is to blame for cutoffs. Senators have said they’ll extend benefits when they come back from break but the blame game threatens…

Topics: News Items

New Job Numbers: More of the Same and Then Some

by on April 5 2010, 11:18AM

New unemployment numbers were released Friday and by some measures, the unemployment crisis appears to be waning. But for Blacks and Latinos, there is no relief at all. The new figures expose that the country’s jobless recovery is fueled by…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

The Morning Browse: Unemployment Benefits, Unemployment Rates, Republican Census Angst

by on April 5 2010, 10:00AM

As many as 400,000 will see their unemployment insurance benefits cut off today after Congress failed to extend the program before going on break last week. Meanwhile, a new industry dedicated entirely to helping employers fight unemployment benefit payments is…


Haiti Promised $10 Billion in Aid. Who’ll Spend It?

by on April 1 2010, 10:46AM

Yesterday’s UN meeting of governments and international organizations on aid to Haiti ended with a $10 billion pledge. The funds will be committed to development that may dramatically restructure the country’s human geography and physical infrastructure by focusing on urban…

Topics: Global Affairs

The Morning Browse: Haitians Survivors Locked Up in US jails, GOP Woos Tea Party Members, It’s Census Day

by on April 1 2010, 8:19AM

The New York Times reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has jailed at lease 30 Haitian earthquake survivors brought to the US by the US Marines. The men and women “were pulled from the rubble,” boarded on US planes and…

Topics: News Items

Supreme Court Gives Immigrants New Rights

by on March 31 2010, 4:00PM

The Supreme Court today granted immigrants facing detention new rights and protections. The ruling in Padilla v. Kentucky requires defense attorneys to accurately advise their non-citizen clients of the potential immigration consequences of pleading guilty to a crime. Under…

Topics: Immigration

Quotas or Not, Deportation is a Wrecking Ball

by on March 30 2010, 1:59PM

The NYTimes published another searing piece by Nina Bernstein yesterday about immigrant detention and deportation. The US is deporting mentally disabled people, some coming directly out of mental hospitals who, Bernstein writes, “are too mentally ill or mentally disabled to…

Topics: Immigration

Militias, Tea Partiers and the GOP.

by on March 29 2010, 5:27PM

Nine members of a Christian militia in Michigan were indicted this morning on allegations that they planned to murder a crowd of cops at a police funeral. The group, called Hutaree, state on their website that they are “preparing for…


Republican Tantrum Brings Unemployment Benefit Cut

by on March 26 2010, 1:10PM

Hundreds of thousands of people who have received unemployment insurance for more than six months could lose their benefits in early April because a Senate Republican threw an ideological tantrum and left for Easter break before getting over it. The…


The Morning Browse: Unemployment Insurance Not Extended, Haitian Disaster Capitalism, Accomplice to Oscar Grant Shooter Fired

by on March 26 2010, 9:38AM

Almost 15 months after Oscar Grant was brutally murdered by BART police in Oakland, California, the department finally fired the cop who helped detain the 22 before he was killed. A US owned cell phone company is trying to convince…


The Daily Browse: Death Threats to Democrats, Predatory Loan Relief

by on March 25 2010, 9:01AM

At least 10 Democrats who supported health insurance reform are now finding themselves targeted by death threats and vandalism. Sarah Palin may be contributing to the vitriol. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved deep cuts to it’s buses and…


So…What about Immigration?

by on March 24 2010, 5:15PM

Three days after at least 200,000 marchers filled Washington, DC streets to demand immigration reform, a lot of people are wondering what’s going to happen now. Here’s a rundown of where things stand. Just before the immigration march, Senators Schumer…