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The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

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  • The Data Are Clear: Sanctuary Counties See Lower Crime Rates and Stronger Economies
  • Related: Special Project | Trump's Sanctuary Cities Plan is Straight Out of Breitbart, Radical Right Playbook

Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress

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January 26, 2017 | As the Trump administration begins to implement its immigration policy agenda, the issue of local assistance with federal immigration enforcement officials is back in the spotlight. So-called sanctuary jurisdictions are one focus of that debate. The analyses in this report provide new insights about how sanctuary counties perform across a range of social and economic indicators when compared to nonsanctuary counties. 

The data are clear: Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. Moreover, economies are stronger in sanctuary counties—from higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment. 

Tom K. Wong is associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity.

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Special Project | Trump's Sanctuary Cities Plan is Straight Out of Breitbart, Radical Right Playbook, Alex Amend, Southern Poverty Law Center

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A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up

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  • Nicole Colson explains how Republican-led legislatures are trying to push through laws to criminalize dissent–in the hopes of stopping the growing fight against the right.
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker / Popular Resistance

https://secure.consumersunion.org/images/content/pagebuilder/Industry-telling.jpg February 14, 2017 | Less than  three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump is clearly what George W. Bush once claimed to be: “a uniter, not a divider.” Only he’s been uniting many hundreds of thousands of people in protest and many millions in outrage at his bigoted, right-wing actions since taking office.

But Trump’s right-wing admirers around the country have seized on a strategy to push back against mass protest–by criminalizing it. Lawmakers in multiple states are proposing measures explicitly designed to curtail dissent.

Nicole Colson is a reporter for Socialist Worker and a contributor to the International Socialist Review and CounterPunch. She frequently writes on civil liberties, the environment, women’s rights and culture. 

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'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets' Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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The Final Indian War Has Begun and the Police Are On the Wrong Side of History

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  • “We need people to stand up because that’s the only way the government is going to listen to us. That’s the only way they are going to revoke these permits.”
  • “The Missouri River gives drinking water to 10 million people. We are protecting everyone. We are standing for everyone.” -Waniya Locke, Standing Rock Sioux
  • Related: Deep Reservations About the “Anti-Trump” Movement

Alternative Media Syndicate 

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February 13, 2017 | Kate Bubacz of Buzzfeed reports that Last week, the federal government gave final approval to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will run for 1,172 miles to transport crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Patoka, Illinois.

Hundreds of outraged protesters, primarily Lakota and Dakota from Native American reservations, assembled at the edge of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota to voice their anger and concern.

Truthout reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed for both a permanent and preliminary injunction to block the pipeline’s construction. The case for the preliminary injunction, filed on August 4 to halt construction immediately, is set to be heard on August 24.

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Deep Reservations About the “Anti-Trump” Movement by Caleb Maupin, Caleb Maupin Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad 

  • Are you satisfied with the left remaining an isolated book club of middle class bohemians? Or do you actually want a new America?
  • Related: Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again.

Special Project | Hatewatch- The Terrorists Among Us

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Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.

William Saletan, Slate

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Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

William Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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Advocates launch multi-state legal challenge against abortion restrictions, lambast congressional 'witch hunt' against providers, more, Women's Health Policy Report <>, National Partnership for Women and Families <>

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  • Key stakeholders in women's health praise a legal challenge against abortion restrictions in three states, blast a congressional panel targeting abortion providers and more.
  • "We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy." -- Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood, discussing three lawsuits filed by the organization and other advocacy groups against abortion restrictions in Missouri, North Carolina and Alaska. In the lawsuit, the advocacy groups cited the Supreme Court's continued affirmation of women's right to abortion care, as well as the high court's recent ruling in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, which struck down medically unnecessary abortion restrictions in Texas (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/1).
  • Related: Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman?

 

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