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Should A Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

(74) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:04 AM

This story was co-published with The Daily Beast.

In August 2009, Mindi, a 25-year-old struggling new parent, experienced what doctors later concluded was a psychotic episode. She had been staying in a cousin's spare basement room in De Soto, Kansas, while trying get on her feet after an unexpected...

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How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 6:02 PM

Shahed Hossain is a Texan to the core. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence just outside of Fort Worth, dated a young woman whose mother worked as an accountant for a military contractor, went fishing on the river with his best friend, and held a weekend high school...

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Unanimous Supreme Court Narrows Deportation Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 12:05 AM

In a hugely significant unanimous decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a documented immigrant convicted of two minor drug-possession crimes will not face mandatory deportation. The ruling could drastically alter implementation of a controversial 1996 law that limited discretion for immigration judges and helped drive rising deportation numbers....

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The Far-Right Movement Behind Arizona Copycat Bills

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 7:08 PM

State lawmakers pushing a new crop of immigration-enforcement bills are overwhelmingly affiliated with a network tied to eugenics and anti-Latino fear-mongering.

Cross-posted from ColorLines

The growing number of immigration-enforcement bills in state legislatures around the country are not merely following Arizona's lead. Rather, the bills--which legislators have...

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Congress Doesn't Work for the Unemployed [VIDEO]

(18) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 5:24 PM

Cross-posted from RaceWire

The Senate gets back to work next week after its spring break and the opening fight will almost certainly be over unemployment insurance. Before they adjourned, Senators...

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The Criminal Flaw in Obama's Immigration Vision

(7) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM


On Sunday, March 21, tens of thousands of immigrant rights supporters will march on Washington, demanding a fix to the broken immigration system. It'll come just days after Senators Schumer and Graham outlined their immigration proposal, a plan Obama said "should...

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New York Abandons Role as Sanctuary for Immigrants

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 11:58 AM

Coauthored by Janis Rosheuvel and Seth Wessler

New York is a global city, a mash up of people from everywhere. New Yorkers like to boast that we don't care where our neighbors came from since they are an essential part of our community now. But these values are under attack....

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Torn Apart by Deportation, Families Struggle to Stay Together

(34) Comments | Posted October 24, 2009 | 1:56 PM

In recent months, the Obama administration has announced plans to expand the 287(g) program despite widespread abuses and racial profiling. It's also pouring money into "Secure Communities," a program that puts immigration agents into local jails. Meanwhile, more beds are being added to the vast and notoriously flawed...

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30% Unemployment, Pre-Recession: Immigrant Communities Need Real Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 11:00 PM

Last week, the world's central bankers got together for a little strategy session in Colorado, and declared that the recovery is on its way. This is the way it works with recessions. They ravage the world, leave millions hungry and homeless, and are eventually said to be 'over.'


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GM Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest. Workers Desperately Need EFCA.

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2009 | 3:12 PM

When General Motors filed for bankruptcy on Monday, it left behind a long trail of grievers -- twenty-one thousand of them. The loss of these good, union jobs and the many more that will be shed when related businesses close are devastating families and communities. For black workers,...

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Stop the Next American Nightmare

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 6:02 PM

This weekend the New York Times reported that middle class families of color have been most hurt by the subprime crisis in New York City. The article confirms previous findings that show middle and upper income borrowers of color across the country are more likely to receive predatory, high...

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It's Time to Rethink Our Welfare Policy

(29) Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 10:02 AM

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as many states have skyrocketing unemployment, their welfare rolls are shrinking. As a researcher for a racial justice think tank, I've been traveling the country collecting accounts of how this recession is playing out in the lives of every day...

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