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Five Ways to Move Forward on Immigration

Philip Wolgin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Wolgin

Despite the election results, the fight for immigration reform is far from over. There are five reasonable suggestions to move forward on immigration.

Ugandan Woman's Future Uncertain, Despite Winning Asylum

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a Catholic church in Uptown, Regina Othola prays. She prays for courage. She prays for hope. And sometimes, Othola, 30, prays to forget....

A World Made by War: How Old Will You Be When the American War State Goes Down?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As commentators point out that the U.S. seems to be morphing from a can-do into a can't-do nation, don't imagine the American spirit is dead. It's just that today our country is triumphant in producing only things that go boom in the night.

Local Immigration Enforcement, Coming Soon to A City Near You

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

It's official: Cities have no way to get out of Secure Communities, the Obama administration's fastest growing local immigration enforcement program, a disappointing end to months of confusion over whether localities could opt out.

Deadline Approaches for Immigrants Seeking a Pardon to Relieve Deportation Consequences

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

This past spring, Gov. Paterson pardoned a young immigrant with a minor criminal record dating back to his teenage years. Shortly thereafter, the gov...

Close the "Terror Gap": Good Policy, Good Politics

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Janet Napolitanosaid there is a "new and changing terrorist threat" from "homegrown" terrorists. Given this reality, how long can we tolerate the existing "terror gap" in our laws allowing persons on the terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives?

Airports Aren't the Only Place to Find Companies Selling X-Ray Scanners

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Government agencies have purchased hundreds of van-mounted X-rays that reveal the contents of passing vehicles without relying on manual searches to find human stowaways, narcotics or bombs.

Can Cities Really Opt Out of Secure Communities?

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Secure Communities is touted as a voluntary partnership that strengthens "efforts to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the U.S." Some cities looking to opt out of this "voluntary" program found their hands tied.

Improving America's Disaster Response

Janet Napolitano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Napolitano

Earlier this week, we announced $25 million in funding for rebuilding projects in Louisiana and Mississippi. These resources are helping cut through red tape and get long-delayed construction projects off the ground.

Weekly Diaspora: Will $600 Million Border Security Bill Target Innocents?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Anti-immigrant forces have adeptly shaped the ongoing immigration debate into an issue of crime and...

Obama's "General" Wins One: The Legal and Historical Import of U.S. vs. Arizona

David Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

The decision in U.S. v. Arizona points to some important constitutional tensions that need to be recalled in a nation characterized by fractious Red states eager to embrace a power struggle with the government.

Sam Stein

'Smoking Gun Amnesty Memo' Prompts GOP To Demand Hearings | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans are demanding hearings into a leaked Department of Homeland Security memo that has stoked conservative fears that the Obama adminis...

How Janet Napolitano Can Improve Homeland Security and Reduce Animal Homelessness

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ingrid Newkirk

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security can help improve homeland security, save taxpayer money and create an enormous amount of public goodwill by adopting homeless dogs.

ICE's Misplaced Priorities: The Numbers Speak for Themselves and the Stories Cry out for Justice

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

This past Wednesday, Jessica Colotl was released from the Etowah Detention Center in Alabama and allowed to reunite with her family back in Cobb Count...

Special Immigration Board of Pardons to Review Deportation Orders

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

Immigrants in detention or facing deportation orders can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that Gov. Paterson is set to establish a pardons panel to review cases on an individual basis.

Arizona Republicans Reject Free Market; Opt for Big Government

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Kaye

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 Re...

Arizona Immigration Law Might Boost Foreclosure Rate | Catherine Reagor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Real-estate analysts and economists are watching for signs that both illegal and legal residents are moving from the state, while also tracking the nu...

May Day for America: Take a Stance On Immigration

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

The time for choice on immigration has come.

Of Poets and Terrorists: A Terrorist By Any Other Name...

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

If Shakespeare wasn't the only poet, than Muslims aren't the only terrorists. Security and media outlets have colluded to redefine the term "terrorism" in cultural and religious terms.

Death to Big Government! Long Live Big Government!

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The GOP platform calling for small government is transparently ridiculous in light of their profligate spending and their immediate appeal for federal assistance as soon as disaster strikes.

The Battle over SB 1070

Nadine Wahab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nadine Wahab

Last week, South Carolina and Minnesota introduced copy-cat versions of AZ's SB 1070 with 8 other states set to follow suit, while hundreds of protest...

The Jekyll and Hyde of U.S. Policies toward Haitians

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Human Rights First

By Annie Sovcik - Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First The U.S. response to the catastrophic January 12th earthquake that shook Haiti, leaving a quar...

ICE Out of Control: Time to Rein in Rogue Agency and Pass Immigration Reform

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Instead of pandering to the extreme right wing with its insatiable -- and unworkable -- appetite for deportation, it's time for Obama and Congress to do what the president has repeatedly said he wants to do.

To Protect Taxpayer Dollars, Agencies Must Suspend and Debar Bad Government Contractors

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

With billions of tax dollars on the line, it is far past time for agencies to suspend and debar bad actors and for agency managers to aggressively enforce this process.

Sam Stein

Janet Napolitano Urged To Cut Homeland Security Department Ties With Arizona Law Enforcement | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's largest union organization and one of its biggest civil rights groups have written a stern letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding...