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DREAMers Deliver Cantaloupes to Steve King and Supporters

Young DREAMer activists with United We Dream, in coordination with United Farm Workers, spent yesterday morning delivering cantaloupes to 224 representatives who voted with Rep. Steve King of Iowa to end DACA, President Obama’s policy to halt the deportations of some undocumented youth.

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Immigrants, Allies Begin 40 Day Fast To End Police/ICE Collaboration

On June 22, over 65 immigrants, allies, and religious leaders and 13 faith communities in Philadelphia began “40 Days of Fasting, Action, and Prayer” to demand an end to the collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

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Ruling on Voting Rights Act Holds Major Implications for Immigrants

As the Senate approaches its final hours in a push to bring millions of immigrants into the American polity, millions of citizens are being pushed out of it. What does the gutting of the Voting Rights Act mean for newly legalized immigrants? 

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North Carolina Undocumented Youth Hold ‘UndocuGraduation,’ Demanding Tuition Equality

North Carolina undocumented youth gathered in Raleigh last week for “UndocuGraduation” to demand equal access to education.

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Is the Anti-Immigrant Movement Ramping up Its Islamophobia in 2011?

White nationalist John Tanton and friends appear to be gearing up for a strong, anti-Muslim initiative in 2011.

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Top 10 Ways the White Nationalist Tanton Network Got Busted in 2010

Reflecting on the past year, the John Tanton Network’s anti-immigrant organizations performed an embarrassing number of gaffes that further exposed their extreme views and ties to white nationalism. Here is a list of the top 10 gaffes made by the John Tanton Network in 2010:

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Can Georgia Compete with Arizona as the Most Anti-Immigrant State in the Republic?

Despite a huge victory for immigrant students in last week’s House vote on the DREAM Act, states like Georgia remain on the verge of passing harsh anti-immigrant laws. While up to 22 states are considering legislation modeled after Arizona’s racist SB 1070, Georgia is prepared to act when the state legislature convenes next month.

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Reactionary Anti-Immigrant Groups Now Blaming Immigrants For Drought in Southwestern US

The anti-immigrant movement, under groups like The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), blame immigrants and population levels in the American Southwest for lack of water and potential water shortages. We know droughts are becoming more frequent and are lasting longer. There are real causes for water shortages in the Southwest and equitable access to water is highly important. The anti-immigrant movement, however, has only one cause and one solution: blame immigrants.

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Investigation Reveals the Deception Behind the Anti-Immigrant Movement

An investigative report by Village Voice Media has revealed the people and the organizations behind one of the nation’s most malicious movements to dehumanize immigrants.

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How About Some Justice for Those Risking Their Safety Putting Thanksgiving Dinner on Our Tables?

It’s that time of year again when people are busy planning and hosting seasonal celebrations that honor various cultural, religious and social traditions. Over the next six to eight weeks, gatherings will be held in homes, banquet halls, and houses of faith. Although the meaning of these celebrations may vary, rest assured, there will be plenty of good food on hand including ham, vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy products of all kinds, and lots of turkeys.

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Thousands of Migrants Detained in Remote Facilities with Limited Access to Legal Counsel

The Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois is 354 miles from Chicago and 156 miles from St. Louis. It is number ten of the ten most isolated detention centers, such as the Hardin County Law Enforcement Center in Eldora, Iowa, 212 miles to the nearest city, or Chippewa County Jail in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 346 miles from a major city.

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GOPer Gohmert Doubles Down on Immigration Wacky Conspiracy Theories

It was only a few months ago that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) enlightened us on his elaborate ‘terror babies’ theory, in a fear mongering scheme to change the 14th Amendment. According to his theory, terrorist organizations are sending pregnant women into the U.S. so their children will have American citizenship. Then, after receiving training overseas, these children will come back 20 or 30 years later to, in his words, “blow us up.”

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Tea Party Nation Asks Its Members to Help Vilify Immigrants

Since the Tea Party vehicle started there has been a constant debate over whether the movement is racist. While critics aren’t painting the entire movement as such, there are Tea Party leaders that have made headlines with racially insensitive rhetoric, and evidence of racist sentiments at Tea Party events across the nation abound.

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Anti-Immigrant Hard-liners Try to Co-Opt Environmental Movement

Who would have thought that the renowned Lester Brown of Worldwatch Institute or Roderick Nash, author of the classic Wilderness and the American Mind, would involve themselves in a portion of the environmental movement that dallies with nativists and white nationalists?  Or that the Weeden Foundation, a mainstay funder of numerous environmental groups, might “steer the environmental movement toward a course fueled by bigotry and racism?”

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Anti-immigrant Forces Target Struggling American Communities

The man at the heart of the most influential anti-immigrant network in the country, John Tanton, has created an empire of organizations consisting of lobbyists, lawyers, legislators and “experts” who have infiltrated the very depths of social and political debate.

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How Anti-Immigration Groups Are Hijacking the Environmental Movement

Masked is the word that comes to mind when I think of anti-immigrant organizations that claim to be concerned about the environment. As we move into a new month, year, decade and closer to the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, we must be mindful of environmental issues and especially of those who are considered legitimate environmental experts. Conscious and informed environmentalism is imperative to solve dire environmental problems.

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A Rogue Sheriff in One Arizona County Is a National Problem

What happens when one county in a nation of thousands is crippled by hatred? Is it merely an unfortunate reality in a city far far away? Or is it a prelude, a symptom of something more sinister that affects us all?

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Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Groups Are Polluting the Health Care Debate

Journalists should use caution when reporting on immigrants and health care.

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NYC Marathon Raises Question of Who Is American Enough?

The New York Times headline boldly blared across my computer screen, ‘To Some, Winner Is Not American Enough’. The article debates whether Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi should be considered American or American enough.

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10 Reasons Glenn Beck Should Get Off the Air and Never Come Back

1 ) Over thirty companies have stopped running ads on the Glenn Beck show due to his racist statements.

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Seven Days to Beat Anti-Immigrant Bigotry

On August 28, Cindy Carcamo of the Orange County Register wrote an insightful article called Groups mobilize for the next immigration battle. The article quotes Barbara Coe a member of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens. Coe has referred to Mexicans as “savages” and immigrants as “barbarians.”

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The Time is Now For Immigration Reform

This morning I found myself at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. I was there to observe the public launch of a new campaign Reform Immigration for America. The campaign unites labor, faith, civil rights, pro-immigrant, business and law enforcement to help President Obama make good on his promise to pass immigration reform in 2009. The press conference is one of over 40 events taking place throughout the United States this week.

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Georgia Rep Wants to Gut the 14th Amendment

In a cynical move to build support for his campaign for the governorship of Georgia, U.S. Representative Nathan Deal has rekindled racist fervor to gut birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. By doing so he has once again -boldly and baldly--positioned himself at the intersection of racism and immigration.

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Making Excuses for Arpaio Only Embarrasses Arizona

A March 1, 2009 column by Arizona Republic's E.J. Montini proclaims that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is no 'Bull' Connor. Actually, Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arapio is more like the Southern segregationist Bull Conner than Arizona is ready to admit.

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