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Slavery’s Lessons for the Supreme Court and the DACA case

Jamal Greene and Elora Mukherjee Los Angeles Times
“Dreamers” attend a news conference at US Capitol. The DACA case involves some legal uncertainty. And while there are obvious differences between slavery and deportation, the way antebellum courts in free states thought about the security of their brown-skinned residents is instructive.

We Are Not Bargaining Chips

Sadhana Singh The American Prospect
We are all fighting to be recognized as citizens of a country where we’ve lived for close to 20 years now, and we also fight to be recognized as human beings. With the president recently expounding his racist view of people from non-white countries, it has become that much harder to hold onto my dream of American citizenship.

Tidbits - January 25, 2018 - Reader Comments: Immigrants Have Always Come; Women's March in Pictures; #TimesUp; Organizing Working People Is Not a "Lost Cause"; Voices from Puerto Rico; Roseanne Show; Three Billboards; Marcus Raskin Memorial; and more....

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Reader Comments: Immigrants Have Always Come - And Not Always Been Welcomed; Women's March - Million Strong in Pictures; #TimesUp - Role of Celebrities in Our Struggle and Leftist Critique; Why Organizing Working People Is Not a "Lost Cause"; Taxing Puerto Rico to Death - Voices from Puerto Rico; What is Message of new Roseanne Show and Three Billboards; Memorial for Marcus Raskin; Resource: Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters; and more....

Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal.

Dana Bash, Kevin Liptak, Dan Merica and Jeff Zeleny, CNN
Among the items considered: military funding far above the White House's request and, enticingly for Trump, full funding for Trump's border security demands. What was Schumer thinking?

I Am a Dreamer. I'm Living a Nightmare.

Juan Escalante Huffington Post
A rally in favor of DACA at the White House The Dreamers' fight is being waged by some of the boldest people I have ever met. They are fighting for a decent life in the United States ― even if it means potentially facing swift and merciless deportation at the hands of Trump’s anti-immigrant forces.

Yes, Your Ancestors Probably Did Come Here Legally — Because 'Illegal' Immigration is Less Than a Century Old - No Visas Were Required Until 1924

Kevin Jennings Los Angeles Times
There were no federal laws concerning immigration until 1924. When a massive influx of new immigrant groups came at the turn of the 20th century — Italians from Southern Europe and Jews from Eastern Europe — a backlash developed. A new law required for the first time that immigrants to the U.S. have visas, introducing the concept of “having papers” to American immigration policy.
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