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Uncovering France's Veil Ploy

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2010 |

Poor France. On Tuesday, just in time for Bastille Day, the lower house of the French Parliament overwhelmingly passed a measure aimed at changing the offensive sartorial habits of 2,000 Muslim women who critics say are a threat to French values and identity.

A Visa to Snitch

  • By
  • Eleanor Brown,
  • New America Foundation
June 18, 2010 |

In the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day and the Times Square bombings, much of the political debate surrounded what should happen to suspects after such attempts. The dispute primarily focused on whether the failed Times Square and Christmas Day bombers should have been Mirandized and on how harshly they should have been interrogated. But most of this debate is missing the point.

Nativism Is Alive and Thriving in America

  • By
  • Mark Paul,
  • New America Foundation

Abstract: For those who prefer light to heat on the immigration question, Not Fit for Our Society is the perfect place to start. Drawing on his decades of reporting and reading of primary sources and the latest scholarship, Schrag traces the strange career of American nativism and America’s enduring ambivalence about immigration from the Puritan saints to the Tea Partiers. He delivers a story rich in irony, detail, and nuance, often told with passion and frequently challenging orthodoxies of both the political right and left.

The Salahis Are Not Invited

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2010 |

These are jittery times in Washington. President Felipe Calderon of Mexico arrives for a visit with President Barack Obama on the heels of a catastrophic oil spill, primary upsets for Democratic candidates, and just as rhetoric surrounding illegal immigration into the American Southwest has reached the screaming point. Given the White House’s new focus on immigration reform, its second official state dinner will be more concerned with security than the last—not just at the White House gates, but at the border that joins Mexico and the United States.

Arizona's Anglo Insecurity

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
May 24, 2010 |

It's easy to assume that Arizona has become the epicenter in the battle against illegal immigration primarily because it has one of the highest percentages of undocumented migrants of any state in the union. But that's just half the story behind the fear many white Arizonans evidently feel.

Gratitude for Arizona

  • By
  • Jorge Castaneda,
  • New America Foundation
May 11, 2010 |

Immigration has returned to center stage in the U.S. for wrong but not un-reasonable motives. The S.B. 1070 signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April has set off an explosion of condemnations, justifications, and demonstrations. This brouhaha has brought the issue back to the fore, leading thousands to muse about, hope for, or decry the possibility of comprehensive reform. It is long overdue.

Becoming (Mexican) American

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:00pm

Immigration reform came to the forefront once again last month, when Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a tough new immigration bill into law, which some fear will lead to racial profiling of Latinos. And now legislators in other states may be following suit.

Meanwhile, a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll found that while Americans are concerned about securing the borders, they are also concerned about the fate and welfare of undocumented immigrants who work and stay out of trouble.

Open Borders or High-wage Welfare State

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
May 4, 2010 |

Arizona's new immigration law has provoked a firestorm of denunciation from progressives. The portion of the law that allows police to stop and question individuals who might be illegal immigrants has rightly been denounced as encouraging racial profiling. That provision is all too reminiscent of "vagrancy" and "loitering" laws from the segregationist South, which gave law enforcement officers broad discretion in harassing and arresting blacks and low-income whites.

Fear of Immigrants

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2010 |

Why are large chunks of the American right so freaked out by illegal immigrants? Because they are no longer so freaked out by African-Americans.

And in this regard, the politics of 2010 are more like 1910 than 1970.

'I Assert My Americanness Proudly ... Even Defiantly'

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
April 28, 2010 |

There's nothing like traveling abroad to learn what it means to be American and what being American means to everyone else who is not. I lived in Europe for a year when I was 14, and two unpleasant instances brought the complicated nature of our national identity into sharp relief.

The first happened at a party. After finding out I was American, a young Italian hipster suddenly started attacking me for my country's voracious, imperialist appetite. She cited chapter and verse: interventions in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala.

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