California Lawmakers Fail To Bridge Racial Divide

By Jessica Valoris Nov 16, 2006

The RaceWire Beat – 11.16.06 California Lawmakers Fail To Bridge Racial Divide Partisan politics is standing in the way of progress in California; according to new research released this week showing a deepening racial divide. High Court Must Strike Down Mandatory Deportations The fusing of the war on drugs and the "war on immigrants" has led to the serious misapplication of immigration law. Judge Attacks Disparity In Cocaine Sentencing US District Judge Reggie B. Walton told the US Sentencing Commission that federal laws requiring dramatically longer sentences for crack cocaine than for cocaine powder were "unconscionable" and contributed to the perception within minority communities that courts are unfair. U.S. Suspension of Habeus Corpus Threatens Rights of Non-Citizens Immigrants arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their imprisonment in civilian courts. The RaceWire Beat is a digest of the day’s top news stories on race and politics collected by the staff at ColorLines magazine.