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Jeffrey Kaye

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Gay Rights Opponents and Immigration Obstructionists on the Wrong Side of History

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 2:52 PM

As the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) demonstrated, President Bill Clinton's cold political calculation to sign the bill nearly 17 years ago put him on the wrong side of history. Even though he came to repudiate his actions, his signature on DOMA perpetuated bigotry....

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Let's Reframe the Immigration Debate: Put the Focus on People

(163) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 12:16 PM

As lawmakers revive proposals for comprehensive immigration reform, it's time also to reframe the debate. The word "immigration" refers to "the act of immigrating." But for the vast majority of the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, as a practical matter, the "act of...

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Regulate the Rotten Apples: The Need for a New 'Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act'

(8) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 9:00 AM

The announcement by Apple to anoint an industry-funded watchdog organization to conduct "voluntary audits" of its assembly operations is a step in the right direction, but it falls woefully short of meaningful oversight of its global supply chain. Rather than hoping that Apple will, out the goodness of its core,...

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Deeper Into the Shadows: The Unintended Consequences of Immigration Worksite Enforcement

(12) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 9:40 PM

President Obama's budget request, now before Congress, aims to continue an immigration enforcement policy whose unintended consequences are pushing tens of thousands of people deeper into the shadows and into the underground economy. While the president has long advocated an immigration plan that would bring illegal immigrants "out of the...

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Arizona Police Agencies in a State of Confusion Over SB 1070

(9) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 5:57 PM

Arizona law enforcement officials, preparing to implement SB 1070 in the event it takes effect this Thursday, have developed a patchwork of guidelines based on varying interpretations of the law. Interviews with police officials and a review of training materials suggest that the implementation of SB 1070 will differ from...

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For Immigration Crackdown Proponent, Deportations Mean Business

(9) Comments | Posted May 29, 2010 | 12:41 PM

Perhaps no one on the political scene has more of a stake in the deportation of illegal immigrants than Allen Weh. In close contention to win the Republican nomination for New Mexico governor in the June 1 primary, Weh has recently been stressing his "tough stance on immigration."...

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Arizona Republicans Reject Free Market; Opt for Big Government

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 3:47 PM

At first glance, passage by the Arizona legislature of the country's most stringent crackdown on immigration would appear to be a clear victory for Republican and conservative ideals. At second glance, it's exactly the opposite. It's not only a frontal attack on bedrock principles of free market capitalism, it's also...

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Something to Prove: How Democrats and Activists Enabled Immigrant Crackdowns

(103) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 12:45 PM

Immigrants' rights activists say dual crackdowns in Arizona this past week by immigration police and by state legislators are generating a climate of fear there. But stepped up immigration enforcement has not come out of the blue. In some respects it has even been enabled by the very people many...

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U.S. Congress and Arizona Deliver One-Two Punch to Immigrants

(6) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 12:51 AM

This week, as Congress leaders retreated on the immigration issue, the Arizona House of Representatives advanced with a vengeance, passing a bill that amounts to a scorched earth policy by granting unprecedented powers to local police powers to stop, question, and detain people they suspect may be illegal...

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Immigrants in the Crosshairs: Mixed Messages

(41) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 8:26 PM

In California, Republican candidates for governor are battling over who's tougher on immigration. In Britain, where national elections will take place on May 6, Conservatives are bashing the Labour Party for what it falsely describes as an "open-door immigration policy". The French government has set deportation quotas and is seeking...

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Daniel Boone: Illegal Immigrant Frontiersman

(10) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 11:51 PM

If today's slow, hard slog towards immigration reform gives advocates pause, they might take heart by reaching back into the annals of North American history to consider the continent's first migrant rights movement, one that sprang up nearly 250 years ago. In their own often fanciful re-telling of history, restrictionists...

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Obama's Deportations: A Reflection of America's Fickle Welcome Mat

(37) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 2:23 PM

2010-03-23-icearrrest.jpgThe Obama administration has set a record for deportations of illegal immigrants, much to the dismay of immigration reform advocates who had hoped the president would reverse the enforcement policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

In fiscal year...

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A Bipartisan Immigration Plan, Carrots and Sticks

(8) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 12:29 AM

Just days ahead of a planned Sunday rally that immigrants' rights advocates hope will bring tens of thousands of people to Washington D.C., Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have put out a "blueprint" to overhaul the nation's immigration system In a Washington Post column,...

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Business/Labor Blowout Imperils Immigration Reform

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 8:07 PM

As if the prospects for serious overhaul of the immigration system weren't dim enough in an economic downturn, organizations representing business and labor--groups that have supported immigration reform--are now publicly fighting each other.

At issue is the contentious matter of "future flow," the desire by business for legal temporary worker...

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Short Memories: Jews And Immigration

(15) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 11:25 AM

Even though attitudes in the Jewish community towards illegal immigration appear to have hardened, a February report published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suggests that the Jewish immigration experience over the past century has more in common with present-day migrants than many Jews recognize or fully appreciate.

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Immigration Reform: The Time is Now! Meets Legislative Reality

(30) Comments | Posted February 20, 2010 | 7:28 PM

Hundreds of people who jammed into a Los Angeles union hall for a town hall meeting about immigration reform on Saturday morning got a bargain. Expecting to hear from just one influential member of the House of Representatives, audience members ended up getting two messages for the price of one....

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Police Chief to Immigrants: May the Force Be With You

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 3:44 PM

Activists at political rallies are accustomed to the sight of police officers, uniformed and plainclothes, observing their actions. But rarely are cops featured as invited guests and welcomed participants. So it came as somewhat of a surprise last night when new Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck, decked out in...

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Mañana for Immigration Reform

(16) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 9:06 PM

A long-promised, bi-partisan U.S. Senate bill aimed at comprehensive immigration reform will be delayed until at least March, according to a lobbyist involved in negotiations over the content of the legislation. "The timeline originally was to have a bill by February," said Sonia Ramirez, legislative representative for the AFL-CIO. "Now...

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Corporations Are Only Human: The Next Great Civil Rights Cause

(14) Comments | Posted January 23, 2010 | 3:46 PM

C'mon folks, give us a break! About a year ago, on the advice of my accountant, I became a Corporate entity, and so I write these words as an "Inc." There, I said it. I am out of the closet and ready to champion the great new civil rights movement...

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Will Business or Labor Blink First? Immigration Reform and "Future Flows"

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 6:35 PM

Here's a term--one you may be unfamiliar with--to add to your political lexicon: "future flows." In the weeks and months to come, we're going to be hearing it more as Congress very gradually turns its attention to reforming U.S. immigration laws.

As legislators shape immigration legislation, business and union leaders...

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