Photo Essay: Profit and Violence in the Name of Comprehensive Immigration Reform By Todd Miller

17 April 2013 — NACLA Border Wars

On April 16, the U.S. Senate’s so-called “Gang of 8” released their 844-page plan for comprehensive immigration reform entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The border policing aspect of the bill (among many other things) envisions $3 billion for more surveillance systems, including unmanned aerial drones, $1.5 billion for more barriers on the boundary, and the addition of 3,500 more Customs and Border Protection agents (CBP includes the U.S. Border Patrol). This would be on top of the $18 billion (figure from 2012) that the U.S. government already spends on border and immigration enforcement per year, an expense that is more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

America's Credit and Housing Crisis: New State Bank Bills By Ellen Brown

26 February, 2012Web of Debt

Seventeen states have now introduced bills for state-owned banks, and others are in the works.  Hawaii’s innovative state bank bill addresses the foreclosure mess.  County-owned banks are being proposed that would tackle the housing crisis by exercising the right of eminent domain on abandoned and foreclosed properties. Arizona has a bill that would do this for homeowners who are current in their payments but underwater, allowing them to refinance at fair market value.

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Wikileaks Newslinks for 24 June 2011

24 June 2011 —

WikiLeaks Sheds Light on Legal Standstill Over ‘Well Regarded’ Fugitive on …
New York Times
But new insight into the international tug of war over Pluimers can be found in a diplomatic cable released earlier this year by the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. That cable, written in 2006 by officials at the US embassy in The Hague, indicates that …

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Arizonans React to New Immigration Law By Rachel Winch

29 April, 2010 — North American Congress on Latin America

On April 15, armed federal agents, some in black ski masks, set up checkpoints in the largely Latino neighborhood of South Tucson. The ICE and DEA agents carrying out Operation in Plain Sight, billed as the largest operation against human-smuggling networks, raided commercial transportation companies, sparking a panic in the community just two days after the Arizona legislature passed what The New York Times has described as the ‘broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations.’

Perhaps this is a preview for what’s to come in Arizona, now that Governor Janet Brewer has signed into law the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, better known as SB1070. Arizona police will be required to ask people whom they have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ are in the country ‘unlawfully’ to provide their documentation and, without a warrant, arrest them if they cannot prove their legal status.

Although the bill states that authorities will not ‘investigate complaints that are based solely on race, color or national origin,’ the governor herself could not identify what, beyond having brown skin and speaking Spanish, constitutes reasonable suspicion. ‘I do not know what an illegal immigrant looks like,’ she explained. ‘I can tell you that there are people in Arizona who assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.’

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