Bravery beyond all bounds

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:30 am

One thing that has been consistent about the Democratic Party since Reagan, if they can whatever they can do to placate the Republicans…only to turn around and tell their base, “well we could be worse?”

 

California Farmworkers Often Forced to Live in Squalor

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 9:30 am

For California’s farmworkers, toiling all day in the brutal, sun-scorched fields is hard enough; the homes they return to each night are often in even worse conditions. Though the reforms won by previous generations have extended basic labor and safety protections to seasonal and immigrant farmworkers, many remain shut out of the right to decent accommodations.

US Border Patrol Insists on Secrecy for Agents Who Kill People on Mexican Side of Border

By: Monday March 3, 2014 3:30 pm

A review by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) of violence by US Border Patrol Agents responsible for more than forty “border-related deaths” was completed after Congress ordered US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to examine its “use of force policies and practices.” However, the result of this PERF review is being kept secret by the government.

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 2:35 pm

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the country opposes any form of legal status.

DHS Looking To Create National License Plate Tracking System

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 12:21 pm

The problem with creating billion dollar bureaucracies like the Department of Homeland Security for insignificant threats like “terrorism” is that the administrators have nothing better to do all day but think of new ways to justify their existence and expand their power.

Court Okays Labor Department Rule: Guestworkers Must Earn Prevailing Wages

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 5:20 pm

Each year, tens of thousands of immigrant “guestworkers” come to the United States on special employer-sponsored visas to work temporary jobs in landscaping, hotel housekeeping and other low-wage sectors. But for decades, these workers have been demonized and scapegoated, accused of hurting “native” U.S. workers by driving down wages. At the same time, the immigrants themselves have spoken out about their poor wages and working conditions, and have even gone on strike and organized independent labor movements to demand the same rights and wages as that of their American counterparts.

It seems the only people who like this system, in fact, are the bosses who rely on a surplus army of imported temporary labor, denied the labor protections and legal rights of citizens.

It isn’t just on the southern U.S. border

By: Friday February 7, 2014 1:30 am

The circumstances in many third world countries is desperate indeed, considering the economies of the nations they are fleeing to. Nevertheless, little attention is paid to the mass migration across the Mediterranean that is occurring into Italy and Spain now.

TPP and Open Borders Our Gift to the Next Generation

By: Sunday February 2, 2014 7:00 am

“Immigration Reform” is much like “Tax Reform” or “Reforming the Educational System” ALL are sold as in the interests of the American people, ALL are being implemented to serve corporations and to weaken the worker and his ability to better his/her life—— scratch that, just to try to maintain what he/she had at one time or trying to not lose to more of that–we are going backward after all.

Ahh, the GOP’s Immigration Principles*

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 12:50 pm

bviously, the Republicans in the House, have now “outed” themselves for being thoroughly against any sensible Comprehensive Immigration Reform effort, and with the full understanding that any future Republican administration owes nothing to Latino and Asian American voters.  Now, that’s American politics in its most thorough-going effort that contradicts the GOP’s “reaching out to Chicano military vets” and as advocated by Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry.  But will these Principles satisfy the “base”?

Obama Doesn’t Make Pathway to Citizenship a Must-Have

By: Friday January 31, 2014 12:00 pm

President Obama is going out of his way to get an immigration reform deal by scaling back his ambitions. During an interview with Jake Tapper, Obama refused to say he would veto a bill without a pathway to citizenship.

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