Trump Team Walking Back Muslim Ban Again

After making it one of the two major policies he advocated during the primary, Trump is clearly trying to back away from his ban on Muslim immigration and tourism. First Trump himself said it was just a suggestion, now his advisers are trying to woo Muslim voters (good luck with that!) by pretending it was no big deal. … [Read more...]

Trump: Syrian Refugees Have ISIS Cell Phones!

Donald Trump's latest bit of inanity on the subject of Muslim immigration came on an anti-immigration radio show when he claimed, with no evidence whatsoever, that Syrian refugees coming to this country have cell phones paid for by ISIS and they're going to launch another 9/11. … [Read more...]

Bill Submitted to Ban Religious Restrictions on Immigrants

In response to Donald Trump's bigoted and xenophobic proposal to ban all Muslim immigration and tourism, a group of Democrats in the House of Representatives, and one lone Republican, have introduced a bill that would forbid religious discrimination in immigration decisions. … [Read more...]

What’s Going to Trigger Obama’s Police State Today?

Sometimes I wonder if the far right has a big wheel that they spin to decide what is going to be the trigger for Obama to declare a totalitarian police state on any given day. Agenda 21, Ebola, school shootings, Jade Helm 15. Erik Rush spins the wheel and it comes up -- drumroll please -- immigration. … [Read more...]

Deporting Undocumented Workers Would Shrink Economy

Donald Trump's proposal to deport some 11 million undocumented immigrants as president would do significant damage to the economy, says a new study from a conservative economic think tank. The American Action Forum, which is headed up by conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, released the study on Thursday. … [Read more...]

O’Reilly Knows What Trump Needs: A Token Latina

Bill O'Reilly has some advice for Donald Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination. Given his anti-immigrant message and the resulting dismal numbers among Latinos, he knows exactly what Trump needs to win the White House: A token Latina. Even if she's been hammering Trump for his appalling positions. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Hears Challenge to Obama Immigration Orders

On Monday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v Texas, a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and 25 other states to challenge President Obama's deferred action program on immigration involving the families of those in the country legally. As Tom Jawetz explains, this should be a very easy case: … [Read more...]

Klayman Makes Obama Immigration Orders About Muslims

Larry Klayman is making me shake my head again. He and fascist Sheriff Joe Arpaio have filed an amicus brief in United States v Texas, the Supreme Court case involving President Obama's executive orders granting deferred immigration action for undocumented immigrants who have children who are U.S. citizens. For some bizarre reason, they seem to think it has something to do with Muslims. … [Read more...]

U.S. May Grant Asylum to Bangladeshi Bloggers

In the wake of the 6th murder of a Bangladeshi atheist blogger, a State Department spokesman says that they are considering granting a sort of modified asylum called "humanitarian parole" to others there whose lives are in imminent danger. That is a huge development that I hope comes to be. … [Read more...]

The Importance of Seeing Refugees as Real People

ThinkProgress has the story of a Syrian family that is being moved to the United States as part of our refugee resettlement program. They're going to live in Missouri and they're looking for the same thing Americans want, a safe place to raise their children and the opportunity to make their lives better. … [Read more...]

Student Protest Forces Cruz to Cancel High School Visit

So much "damn kids these days." The students at a Bronx high school forced Ted Cruz to cancel a campaign stop there after they planned a mass walkout if he showed up. It's a school full of immigrants and the children of immigrants and they objected to his anti-immigration policies. … [Read more...]

Cruz Adviser Claims Minneapolis Has Muslim ‘No-Go’ Zones

If there's one claim the paranoid far-right Islamophobes love, it's the idea that there are Muslim "no-go" zones all over the country. Clare Lopez, one of Ted Cruz' primary foreign policy advisers, recently made the claim that such zones exist in Minneapolis and even the police won't go in there. … [Read more...]