Picking up press credentials at the Charlotte Convention Center yesterday, it was clear from the mob of journalists swarming the scene -- organizers estimate 15,000 -- that the scripted spectacle playing out inside the Democratic National Convention will be exhaustively covered. But there's plenty ... More >>
An unlikely person stands up for her rights—and pays the price
As we reported yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold President Barack Obama's individual mandate, meaning the Affordable Care Act has been deemed constitutional, as a "tax." This got us thinking: What are some other recent decisions?
Another Monday in June, another nail-biter waiting for the Supreme Court of the United States to rule on the biggest cases of the year. It seems, so far, that the Supreme Court will not rule today on Obamacare (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act). Though, being secretive SCOTUS, they could change thei ... More >>
The United States Supreme Court moments ago handed down a ruling on whether Arizona's controversial "breathing while brown" immigration law violates the Constitution.Details of the Court's decision are unclear at the moment -- it literally just happened a few minutes ago -- but according various med ... More >>
Despite having bullied a gay college freshman into committing suicide, Rutgers spy-cam creep Dharun Ravi won't be deported, immigration officials say.That, of course, is bullshit -- especially when you consider some of the other people (who didn't directly cause someone to kill himself) whom the fed ... More >>
There has been the expected nuclear hay made by Republicans out of President Obama's decision to give temporary relief to the children of undocumented immigrants in lieu of the D.R.E.A.M. Act passing. We were in the Rose Garden to witness the first attack personally, as an Irish immigrant, of all pe ... More >>
A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.
The U.S. Supreme Court And President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience
One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos
Good news, DREAMers: the New York State Assembly passed a bill yesterday that would create a privately funded scholarship to help undocumented kids go to college.If it becomes law, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Fund Commission would enable people to solicit privat ... More >>
There were two notable things that jumped out at us yesterday as the Obama administration challenged Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070 before the Supreme Court. First of all, who the hell in the Obama administration let Solicitor General Donald Verrilli anywhere near the Supreme Cour ... More >>
The constitutionality of Arizona's controversial immigration law currently is being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court -- and for some reason New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman decided to chime in in the form of a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the SCOTUS this morning.If you' ... More >>
In terms of his political views, Mitt Romney has heard it all: flip-flopper, moderate, secret liberal, pseudo-conservative, Etch-A-Sketch; the list goes on and on. Republican voters have had a rather excessively hard time throwing their support behind a guy who influenced Obamacare and was pro-choic ... More >>
If you're an illegal immigrant working in New York, you've got a friend in a pretty high place: the New York Attorney General's Office.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman penned an op-ed yesterday, in which he vows to "never ask your immigration status, or share immigration information with federa ... More >>
Starring know-nothing ex-rep Tom Tancredo
Shawna Forde, the long-troubled anti-immigration vigilante associated with the Minutemen group, was found guilty yesterday in the murder of nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul, as part of a 2009 botched robbery in Arizona. We've followed the case with great interest, largely bec ... More >>
Shawna Forde, the vigilante anti-immigration crusader affiliated with the Minutemen group, was found guilty today of two counts of first degree murder in the 2009 killing of Raul Flores and his nine-year-old daughter, Brisenia Flores, the Arizona Daily Star is reporting. Forde was also convic ... More >>
We've written twice this week about the trial of Shawna Forde, a troubled anti-immigration crusader, who stands charged with first degree murder for the 2009 killing of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father in Arizona. Gina Gonzalez, Flores' mother, was also shot in the botched home invas ... More >>
Meet New York bike-scene fixture Pablo Airaldi. He made friends with everyone—except ICE officials.
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the feds got off their duffs?
Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
Yesterday we mentioned that Target has found itself in a bit of a conundrum after donating $150,000 to MN Forward, which is running ads supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate (and friend of the Tea Party) Tom Emmer, who just so happens to be anti gay marriage as well as pro Arizona imm ... More >>
Today federal judge Susan Bolton blocked the "most controversial" parts of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law -- including the part that would allow police to ask about the immigration status of individuals they stop for other reasons, and the part that would require immigran ... More >>
Is the "show us your papers" ethos of Arizona's S.B. 1070 coming to New York State's school children? That's what the New York Civil Liberties Union contends, in a story in today's New York Times. Twenty percent of public school districts around the state, writes Nina Bernstein, are requiring famil ... More >>
It's a sad enough day for the Yankees and their fans, given the death of controversial and famed owner George Steinbrenner. But it very well might've just gotten even worse for some, especially their (massive base of) fans of Latino decent, who -- if they're anything like the majority of Lat ... More >>
So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Of Minutemen and hygiene
Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S. Lose your love. Break the law.
Rob Krentz's family speaks
Today in immigration news, Mexican President Felipe Calderon called Arizona's immigration law "partial and discriminatory"; a second grader is all too eager to tell Michelle Obama her mom doesn't have papers (Mrs. First Lady, who was just there to talk obesity, recovers with bureaucratic fine ... More >>
And their mother is an idiot: A success story
Famous author Sarah Palin has yet to figure out why typing and reading are so hard, but she does know exactly how she feels about brown people: keep 'em out! The former governor and current celebrity/corporate entity took to -- where else -- her Facebook page today to voice her support for ... More >>
On Tuesday of this week, Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill banning schools from teaching classes "that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals, or promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, ... More >>
By Scott Greenberg and Alana Horowitz Hillary Clinton ran an ad in 2000 that accused Rick Lazio as being the "wolf that passes for Little Red Riding Hood" in a wrangle over Latino votes. Turns out she was right. The Voice uncovered an internal memo from gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio' ... More >>
¡A LA CHINGADA WITH ARIZONA'S SB1070!
Thanks to State Senator Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer
On Saturday, the Daily News predicted that around one million people worldwide would gather to protest the Arizona immigration law designed to inconvenience the lives of every brown person in the state. According to many opponents, the bill is reminiscent of a police state and invites racial ... More >>
No, it's not yet like the state v. state fight in 2001, when the Yankees played the Diamondbacks in the World Series. But now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed her state's draconian Senate Bill 1070 into law, a number of New York immigration activists and politicians are angry enough to cr ... More >>
Searching for Someone, Anyone, Who Loves Governor Gray Davis
The Rise in Immigrant Incarcerations drives a prison boom