I Could Be Illegal


Linda Greenhouse has a great idea to protest Arizona’s anti-immigration bill:

I’m glad I’ve already seen the Grand Canyon.

Because I’m not going back to Arizona as long as it remains a police state, which is what the appalling anti-immigrant bill that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law last week has turned it into.

What would Arizona’s revered libertarian icon, Barry Goldwater, say about a law that requires the police to demand proof of legal residency from any person with whom they have made “any lawful contact” and about whom they have “reasonable suspicion” that “the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States?” Wasn’t the system of internal passports one of the most distasteful features of life in the Soviet Union and apartheid-era South Africa?

There’s more…

(H/t Greg Sargent)

My Senator the Author

Growing American Roots

From The Star Ledger:

“I want to show how Latinos have been here before the nation was founded,” Menendez said of his book before delivering remarks to the group. As costumed revelers lingered on the street below following the city’s Hispanic Day Parade, Menendez addressed the crowd in both Spanish and English.

“We have been in defense of both the creation of the country and its history since then,” he said.

In “Growing American Roots: Why Our Nation Will Thrive As Our Largest Minority Flourishes,” Menendez highlights the contribution of the Latino community to American history and its expanding role in years to come as the Latino population rapidly expands. In the book — co-written with former Washington Post editor Peter Eisner — Menendez combats xenophobic perceptions of Latinos in the media and calls for “sweeping social and economic legislation, immigration reform, improved health care, and an end to the discrimination and prejudice that Hispanics face,” according to a release from Penguin Group, the book’s publisher.

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Important POV on Immigration

From our friends at America’s Voice:

Made in LA is back! PBS will air an encore broadcast of the Emmy award-winning film that documents the lives of three Latina immigrants; Lupe Hernandez, Maria Peneda, and Maura Colorado all work in the garment industry and seek to win basic labor protections from a well-known clothing retailer, a battle which will take them about three years.

Check your local PBS stations for broadcast times.

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