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Summary | Immigration Reform: Week of October 24

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  • Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration
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  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio: A Modern-Day Bull Connor
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Lalo Alcaraz

Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Black Commentator</>
The Struggle for justice for migrant workers is directly connected to the struggle against neo-liberal globalization. The destruction of the earth's resources and the massive accumulation of wealth by a minority of the planet to the disadvantage of the majority means that billions find themselves in a struggle for survival.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: A Modern-Day Bull Connor, Marc Morial, Other Words

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  • Maricopa County stands to lose $113 million in federal funds if Arpaio doesn't produce proof that he's not engaging in racial profiling.
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  • Arpaio's Abuse Of Power
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Accused of Illegally Misspending $80 Million While Conducting Draconian Immigration Round-ups, Valeria Fernandez, New America Media
Arpaio's office used a shadow system, a separate set of payroll books to get around the law barring the use of taxpayer-supported jail funds for other purposes.

Mormon-owned paper stands with illegal immigrants, Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times | NY
The newspaper's push for a more liberal embrace of illegal immigrants has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostly Mormon, readers.

Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration

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The struggle for justice for migrant workers is directly connected to the struggle against neo-liberal globalization. The destruction of the earth's resources and the massive accumulation of wealth by a minority of the planet to the disadvantage of the majority means that billions find themselves in a struggle for survival.

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Black Commentator

"From October 8-11 in Quito, Ecuador, the 4th World Social Forum on Migration was held.  Hundreds of activists and scholars from around the world participated in some of the most interesting plenary sessions and workshops of any conference I have attended.  

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"The conference was an eye-opening experience.  Migration was examined on various levels, including global economic, political, military and environmental factors, all of which influence migration.  The International Labor Organization estimates that at least 83 million people are currently migrating, a figure that is bound to grow for many reasons, particularly climate change.  Yet in the face of this mass migration of human beings, there are political forces that have taken advantage of the fear that is often produced through demographic changes in order to advance right-wing, irrationalist and xenophobic politics.  This, too, was addressed at the conference.

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Migrant Massacre in Mexico, Progress Report, Think Progress
The massacre has unleashed a wave of outrage and criticism towards Mexico.

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Officials Push to Bolster Law on Wiretapping

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  • Valerie E. Caproni, the F.B.I.’s general counsel, has said the government is trying to prevent its existing surveillance power from eroding.
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  • "Has the nation already gone past the tipping point to being a surveillance state? Probably not quite yet, but it won't be that much longer." --Joseph Taylor, Suburban Maryland
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  • Obama's DOJ vs. the First Amendment
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Charlie Savage, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

Scott Stantis

Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say.

The officials say tougher legislation is needed because some telecommunications companies in recent years have begun new services and made system upgrades that caused technical problems for surveillance. They want to increase legal incentives and penalties aimed at pushing carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast to ensure that any network changes will not disrupt their ability to conduct wiretaps.

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Obama's DOJ vs. the First Amendment, Jim Naureckas, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • The Obama Justice Department--or at least one of its top prosecutors--is cracking down on investigative reporting without regard for the First Amendment.
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  • White House reporters afraid to criticize the White House
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  • Chomsky: Obama's No Human Rights Crusader -- Just Look at How He Aids Israel's Atrocities
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Discovery of GPS tracker becomes privacy issue

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  • "Yasir hasn't done anything to warrant that kind of surveillance. This was a blatant example of profiling," said attorney Zahra Billoo of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
    One federal judge wrote that the widespread use of the device was straight out of George Orwell's novel, "1984".

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Paul Elias,  Associated Press/Herald Bulletin | IN

In this undated photo provided by Yasir Afifi, shows a GPS monitoring device he found on his car in Santa Clara, CA.

Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage.

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The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identifying it.

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Two days later, FBI agents arrived at Afifi's Santa Clara apartment and demanded the return of their property — a global positioning system tracking device now at the center of a raging legal debate over privacy rights.
One federal judge wrote that the widespread use of the device was straight out of George Orwell's novel, "1984".

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For now, antiwar activists will not be forced to testify

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  • Subpoenas  issued to activists raided by FBI canceled.
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  • "No one knows what will happen. That's sort of the problem with all this," Parker-Hartog said. "The net is definitely getting wider. We are hearing from more of our brothers and sisters around the country that they, too, are being looked at."
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  • Supreme Court ruling makes ‘it a crime to work for peace and human rights’
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James Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Thistle Parker-Hartog originally was supposed to testify before a grand jury in Chicago Tuesday (Oct 12). She didn't go. Mick Kelly was scheduled to make the same trip next week. Don't bet on it.

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In all, 14 antiwar activists and several organizations from the Twin Cities and Chicago who are being investigated for alleged support of terror groups received subpoenas to appear before the grand jury this month. All -- including five who were to appear last week -- have told the U.S. Department of Justice that they are not going. Instead, several were among about 60 people gathered in front of the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday (Oct 12) to protest what they consider harassment and intimidation because they oppose U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Supreme Court ruling makes ‘it a crime to work for peace and human rights’: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Raw Story<>

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  • Coleen Rowley: Important! June 2010 Supreme Court ruling is major legal factor that contributes to making fishing expeditions [like last Friday's (Sep 25) FBI raids against Minneapolis and Chicago peace activists] possible.
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  • Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation
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