News Clips Oct. 27, 2009

Lou Dobbs Slams ‘Vile Stupidity And Ignorance’ Of ‘Annoying’ Geraldo Rivera

This afternoon, Lou Dobbs attacked Fox News host Geraldo Rivera for stating that Dobbs himself is “almost single-handedly responsible for creating, for being the architect of the young-Latino-as-scapegoat for everything that ails this country.”

Anti-Dobbs Movement Overshadows CNN’s “Latino In America” Special

Pobre CNN.
The cable news network hoped its “Latino In America” special — a two-night “journey into the homes and hearts of a minority group destined to change America” — would replicate the success of its Black In America series last year, which was watched by more than 13 million viewers. Instead, the series has been eclipsed by a growing controversy over CNN’s resident xenophobe, Lou Dobbs,

Legal Dissonance: Immigration Policies Clash with Worker Protections

It’s hard to make sense of the news headlines about immigrant workers these days.

A police sweep in Maricopa County, Arizona, home of the famously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, snatched up 66 people in the latest “crime-suppression sweep.”After figuring out that 19 of these people weren’t dangerous criminals in need suppression, authorities turned them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement anyway.

The LAPD fights crime, not illegal immigration

On March 12, Juan Garcia, a 53-year-old homeless man, was brutally murdered in an alley off 9th and Alvarado streets in the Westlake District, just west of downtown Los Angeles. At first, the police were stumped; there were no known witnesses and few clues. Then a 43-year-old undocumented immigrant who witnessed the crime came forward and told the homicide detectives from the Rampart station what he saw. Because of his help, a suspect was identified and arrested a few days later while hiding on skid row.,0,1037266.story

Arpaio Immigration Authority Still in Dispute

PHOENIX – Despite a decision by U.S. Homeland Security to not renew 287(G) authority for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s street-level immigration law enforcement, the sheriff’s efforts have continued, and he insists he doesn’t need permission from the feds to enforce the law. 287(G) is a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act which allows the federal government to give local law enforcement bodies some authority to enforce immigration law.

Over 100 Democrats Push Obama on Immigration Reform

Is immigration reform back?

Hoping to jump-start a major legislative drive on immigration reform in the U.S. Congress, more than 100 pro-reform House Democrats signed a letter reminding President Obama of his administration’s commitment to overhaul immigration.

The letter was clearly meant to nudge the White House toward engaging an issue it has allowed to languish.

Groups call for balance in labor, immigration laws

By SUZANNE GAMBOA (AP) – 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Workplace immigration raids during the Bush administration interfered with ongoing labor investigations and allowed employers to exploit workers who complained about conditions on the job, labor groups said in a report released Tuesday.

The stepped-up immigration enforcement came at the expense of rigorous enforcement of labor protections that are guaranteed to all workers regardless of immigration status, the groups said.

Senate bill has public option

By David Lightman

McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – The Senate will consider in its health-care legislation whether the government should run and fund a plan to compete with private insurance, but states could choose not to participate in the public option.

Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names

TAOS, N.M. — Larry Whitten marched into this northern New Mexico town in late July on a mission: resurrect a failing hotel.

The tough-talking former Marine immediately laid down some new rules. Among them, he forbade the Hispanic workers at the run-down, Southwestern adobe-style hotel from speaking Spanish in his presence (he thought they’d be talking about him), and ordered some to Anglicize their names.

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