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The Enduring Power of Hate in Suffolk County

There is perhaps no other locale in the nation where anti-immigrant hatred has sunk roots as deep as those in Suffolk County, New York, where the powerful County Executive has built a career on it and where the judiciary is … Continued

Immigration

“Amor de Lejos”

By Andrew Grant-Thomas Last September in Chicago I saw a play called “Amor de Lejos,” which is Spanish for “love from afar.” It was performed by a theater company of high school students and offered a few short, but vivid … Continued

Immigration

It’s NOT the Economy: Bigotry and Racism Drive the Anti-immigrant Movement

In the canon of American myths resides the notion that “economics” drives bigotry and racism. Nothing could be further from reality. The contemporary anti-immigrant movement in the US is first and foremost grounded in and driven by the inherent bigotry … Continued

Politics

Sheriff Joe’s Posse Threatens Mayor Gordon to “Shut Up!”

In their usual eloquent fashion, Sheriff Joe’s deputies lashed out at critics Friday. After Thursday’s House hearings on 287(g) agreements, where Sheriff Joe’s human rights abuses where well cataloged, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) does its best to muster … Continued

Tomato Pickers in Florida Battle Slavery

Tomato pickers in Florida have come a long way in securing workers rights, but the path ahead of them keeps stretching farther. Immokalee is an area in Collier county, and is the state’s largest farmworker community. The region is predominately … Continued

Politics

Obama Must Embrace Immigrants to Reform Economy

The American Economy will never recover if workers are robbed of their wages. When workers suffer from wage theft, the economy feels it too. According to Kim Bobo, founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, in her new book … Continued