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Why Norway Could Happen Here

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2011 |

How would the American right have responded had Anders Behring Breivik been a Muslim? Luckily, we don't have to guess. In the immediate aftermath of Friday's terrorist attack in Norway, conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin did us the favor of simply assuming that he was a Muslim. She then used the attack to denounce lawmakers who in the name of deficit reduction favor "huge cuts in defense" and to lambast President Obama for suggesting "that we can wrap up things in Afghanistan."

Lessons of Norway Attacks

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
July 23, 2011 |

Terror came home to Norway on Friday. A bomb was detonated near the prime minister's office in Oslo and a gunman attacked a political youth camp on the island of Utoya. In the end, at least 87 people were killed, a nation was traumatized, and the world was again riveted by a terrorist attack experienced indirectly, but in real time, on television news reports and in 140 character bits via Twitter.

How to Be a Patriot: Hire an Illegal Immigrant

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2011 |

For a country of immigrants, the U.S. remains vexed about how to deal with the fact that people from elsewhere still want to come here. Two successive Presidents have now been stymied in their attempts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The latest foray is the DREAM Act, a narrow but important piece of the immigration reform puzzle that would, at a minimum, give the children of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. The bill failed in the Senate last December, despite the Obama Administration’s support.

Drinks With ... Christina Sánchez

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
June 9, 2011 |

What is it about the moment you arrive at your first college dorm room and meet your roommates while unpacking your stuff? That's a scene seared in most people's memory, the fodder of countless movies and novels to shorthand life's most exciting, but often wrenching, transitions.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Dead -- and the Left Is to Blame

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
May 17, 2011 |

Comprehensive immigration reform is dead. For the foreseeable future, there is no chance that Congress will pass a grand bargain on immigration reform like the one that fell apart in 2007 including a mass amnesty or path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants already in the U.S. Nor is there any chance that the Dream Act, which would provide citizenship for many illegal immigrants as long as they attended college or served in the U.S. military, will be enacted into law. The Democrats could not pass the unpopular Dream Act even when they controlled both houses of Congress last December.

The War Between the Whites

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
April 25, 2011 |

The fourth-grade teacher in Virginia who performed a mock slave auction in her classroom April 1 — with the white kids pretending to buy and sell the black kids — was duly chastised by school officials for her racial insensitivity. Given that she meant to be giving a lesson on the Civil War, she should also have been scolded for pedagogical inaccuracy.

Business Beats Bigotry

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
March 28, 2011 |

Conservative Utah has bucked the national GOP trend of embracing hard-line — and arguably inhumane — laws meant to make states inhospitable to illegal immigrants. Two weeks ago, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed into law a bill that will grant work permits, and a path to legal residence, to undocumented immigrants and their immediate families.

And conservative Arizona, which last year passed the anti-immigrant law known as SB 1070, defeated a second slate of such measures, including one that sought to deny birthright citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.

Fundamental Moral Errors

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 21, 2011 |

Political fanaticism fosters moral relativism. That's the lesson we should all learn from the gruesome case of Shawna Forde, the Arizona anti-immigrant vigilante who was convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors argued that Forde and two accomplices killed 29-year-old Raul Junior Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, in a botched robbery attempt meant to raise money to fund a splinter group of the anti-immigrant Minuteman movement.

Invasion of the Alien Cattle

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
February 15, 2011 |

Immigrants to the United States, rights advocates say, are treated like cattle. Little do they know how wrong they are. Cattle are treated much better. In fact, as I write, alien cows are swarming America's borders, and the U.S. government is welcoming this mass of bovinity with open arms. Such inconsistency cries out for reform, and the steaks -- pardon,  stakes -- could hardly be higher.

Does Anyone in America Believe in the Rule of Law?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
December 21, 2010 |

Different ideas about the rule of law in the United States and a certain nation in Latin America were explained to me once by a distinguished professor of law from that country. "In your country, the Constitution and the laws are considered to be binding," he told me with an ironic smile. "In my country, they are considered to be ... aspirations."

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