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SB 1070: Why Obama Is Partly to Blame for the Racist Bill

Listening to the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Arizona’s breathing-while-brown law, Senate Bill 1070, prompted a daydream. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Antonin Scalia are in a battered pickup truck with garden tools visible in the back. Set in the midst of Sheriff Joe Arpaio country — as if in an old Twilight Zone episode — the p

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Disappointingly Little Changes After ICE Review of Se Communities, Say Advocates

A tweak to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Se Communities program, order also known as S-Comm, would allow the agency to withhold placing undocumented immigrants stopped by local law enforcement for traffic violations into deportation proceedings until “conviction for the minor criminal traffic offense.” But the change, introduced following a task force report that recommended changes to S-Comm, still means that undocumented immigrants are at risk for being deported for missing a traffic light or speeding. So what has really changed in the policy? Disappointingly little, say advocates. “The ICE announcement was a real disappointment,” said Fred Tsao, policy director with the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “This is a program is in dire need of being fixed and what we ended up getting was a very, very minor change that may affect some cases but falls far short of the real reforms that the program needs.”

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