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Elections Got You Down?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

In a season of political discontent -- trivialities and distractions, renewed culture wars and the rebirth of regressive impulses -- these books remind us what is really at stake in political participation and democratic tension.

Crashing the Tea Party Joyride

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

This is the sort of human story that lies behind the deportation numbers the Obama administration bragged about this week. The indiscriminate deportation machine is undercutting the promise of reform.

New 2010 Voting-Eligible Population Estimates Available

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Perhaps the most interesting trend in these statistics is that the non-citizen population of the United States is growing smaller.

Our Fourth Instinct

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

It is no surprise then that service has been the golden thread of American democracy. Like democracy itself, service has to continually reinvent itself to meet the needs of the modern age.

A Civic Health Checkup

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

In these tough economic times, those with the least means are doing the most -- rolling up their sleeves, gathering with neighbors and family, and helping to solve problems in their communities.

What Is 'Back of the Line' Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S.?

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Manriquez

"Back of the line" carries denigrating racial undertones rooted in America's past. The term assures a frustrated non-Latino electorate that unauthorized immigrants will be punished and remain second-class residents.

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...

The Other Side of the Anchor: Where Else Do American-Born Kids Belong?

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

We accept the term "naturalization" to describe the process of the foreign-born taking on a new citizenship. What could be more natural than being accepted as a citizen of the only home you've ever known?

Gendering the Birthright Citizenship Debate

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Terms like "anchor baby" and "drop and leave" reduce Latina immigrants to the status of breeders and criminals, negating not only their humanity but their right to motherhood as well.

Distractions, Distortions and Birthright Citizenship

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Children of undocumented immigrants seem to be the newest target in our ongoing immigration debate, as politicians and pundits rush to take sides on t...

A Consumer Is a Subject, A Citizen Is a Verb

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Chuck Freeman

The American corporate media culture challenges our freedom in a sophisticated and seductive fashion. We are saturated with images and rhetoric by which we willingly morph our identity.

Tweeting American

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

A mentor once told me that the best way to determine if something is well written -- be it a book or movie or even an essay--is if it can be summed ...

Babies - No Adjectives Needed

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Last week, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics issued the final birth statistics for 2007. They reported that in 2007, there were 4.3 mil...

Citizenship: Because I Said So

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

The modern state's reasons for granting or denying citizenship are a mix of "because I said so" and "because we matter and you don't."

Why We Should Welcome McConnell's Demand for Hearings on Rescinding 14th Amendment

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

The pro-life, pro-family Republicans are now pro-neonatal detention and deportation. It isn't enough to drive out the people not born here, now they want to drive out the ones that were.

Large Majority Of Americans Support Creation Of Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants In The U.S. (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Americans overwhelmingly support the creation of a program that would provide illegal immigrants currently in the United States with an eventual path ...

Utah's Prelude to Anchor Baby Mama Drama

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

With the new focus on the born and unborn babies of immigrants, the immigration issue has been taken to a new disturbing level. The denial of citizenship to U.S. born babies smacks in the face of the Constitution.

The Case for Informed Citizenship

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Are we, by our own obtuseness, responsible for those who toil in unsafe conditions, who find themselves looking out at a destroyed Gulf of Mexico, who mourn for loved ones buried in an unsafe mine?

Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since it's the Friday after month's-end, the new monthly unemployment numbers were released today. Which adds another bar to the "bikini bottom" char...

New Chinese Export: Babies

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

Wealthy Chinese are increasingly sending pregnant mothers to the U.S. so their infants will have the right to U.S. citizenship.

Is Your Citizenship Worth $1 Million? An Alternative to Obama's Proposal on Immigration

Michael Clemens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Clemens

Granting some of today's unauthorized immigrants a status that is legal but is not citizenship is another, different way to avoid the perception that amnesty cheapens citizenship.

Obama: Immigration Bill Work Should Begin This Year

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he wants to begin work this year on legislation overhauling the nation's immigration system, ...

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Sometimes it seems as if the people who yell the loudest about what a great country this is and how much they love it are the ones most willing to com...

Faisal Shahzad Gained Citizenship Last Year, Passed All Background Checks

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON — The no-fly list failed to keep the Times Square suspect off the plane. Faisal Shahzad boarded a jetliner bound for the United Arab...