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June 14, 2010 5:17 pm ET

FAIR Hails Anti-Immigrant, Islamophobe Victory In The Netherlands

In a June 11 post at the Federation for American Immigration Reform's Stein Report, FAIR Media Director Ira Mehlman touted recent Dutch election results as evidence that the cause of strict immigration enforcement is gaining steam worldwide. The victorious Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) is virulently anti-immigrant and Islamophobic, and its leader Geert Wilders has a history of inflammatory and offensive statements about Islam and Muslims.

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June 08, 2010 1:58 pm ET

Sen. Kyl: "We're Not Going To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Year...That's Just A Fact."

Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) dismissed the possibility of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year.  Of course, after years of voting against immigration reform, Kyl is very familiar with what it takes to kill reform.

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June 03, 2010 12:33 pm ET

Gov. Brewer Needs To Be Prepped For Her Meeting With The President

Last night during an appearance on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer prefaced her meeting with President Obama on the state of immigration in Arizona by saying that she has no idea of how border troops will be deployed and also that she would like to see border security measures strengthened. Perhaps Gov. Brewer is unaware that her Republican counterparts in Congress have never really been quite in the mood to fund border security.

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June 01, 2010 9:36 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 30, 2010

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Darrell Issa repeated his claim that the Obama administration committed a crime when it offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job. Either Rep. Issa isn't paying attention to the expert consensus that there was nothing criminal about the Sestak affair, or he's determined to keep this story alive because the GOP is using it to criticize the president in an election year. On Meet the Press, Arizona's J.D. Hayworth decried any effort at comprehensive immigration reform as "amnesty."

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May 26, 2010 2:05 pm ET

Author Of SB 1070 Says The U.S. Immigration System Isn't Broken

During an interview on MSNBC, Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce and National Council of La Raza's Clarissa Martinez got into a discussion about the immigration changes in Arizona.  Sen. Pearce -- the chief proponent and author of SB 1070 -- insisted that not only do immigrants not respect the nation's laws but also that the immigration system in the United States isn't broken.

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May 17, 2010 11:30 am ET

Oklahoma Lawmaker Seeking To Pass Immigration Bill Tougher Than AZ's SB 1070

With all the fervor over the anti-immigrant and anti-Latino legislation in Arizona, not nearly enough attention is being paid to the happenings in Oklahoma.  Republican state Representative Randy Terrill has been introducing legislation for years that is intended to "roll down the welcome mat for illegals."

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May 13, 2010 6:03 pm ET

Rep. Lamar Smith Says "DREAM Act Is A Nightmare"

In an op-ed in The Hill, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) attempted to mislead readers about the DREAM Act.  While Smith tries to paint the legislation as a new kind of amnesty, in reality the DREAM Act allows the children of immigrants to earn legal residency if they have not been arrested and are attending college or are enlisted in the armed services.

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May 13, 2010 11:45 am ET

2007 FLASHBACK: Senate Republicans Killed Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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May 12, 2010 3:28 pm ET

New AZ Law Prohibits Latino Curriculum That Benefits Students

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a new bill into law that specifically targets Latino citizens and residents, prohibiting Arizona school districts from teaching Latino-specific curriculum.  However, the Arizona legislature and executive office failed to recognize that students enrolled in the now prohibited courses actually do better in school than their peers.

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May 10, 2010 2:41 pm ET

New Pro-Fence Ad From McCain Leaves Out His Anti-Fence Voting Record

In a new pro-border fence ad, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) converses with Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu about border security measures.  McCain conveniently leaves out his anti-border security funding votes and his anti-fence statements from this new, misleading ad.

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May 03, 2010 10:00 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 2, 2010

The debate over Arizona's immigration enforcement statute dominated Sunday's political talk shows. On Face the Nation, Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth insisted that the Arizona law does not enable racial profiling, even though after modifications the bill will result in profiling.  And on Meet the Press, Rep. Mike Pence implied that the successful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is responsible for growing unemployment to nearly 10% nationwide.

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April 26, 2010 6:39 pm ET

The GOP & Immigration Reform: 2006 vs. 2010

Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they intend to stop all progressive legislation -- no matter the cost to their constituents or the country as a whole.  As the fight over comprehensive immigration reform heats up, conservatives should remember who voted for reform in 2006.  Some of the loudest voices in opposition to the 2010 effort come from the same individuals who championed reform in 2006.

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April 23, 2010 9:53 am ET

John McCain: The Ultimate Hypocrite On Immigration Reform

To those familiar with the life and career of Senator John McCain, his current position on immigration reform is incredibly disappointing.  Facing a far-right primary challenger, McCain has turned his back on his constituents and the causes he once championed.

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April 20, 2010 9:57 am ET

It Could Soon Be Illegal To Be In Arizona Without The Proper Paperwork

If Arizona Governor Brewer signs the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, police will be authorized to demand residency paperwork from anyone they suspect to be in the state illegally, even if that suspicion is based on the color of their skin and nothing else.

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April 14, 2010 12:56 pm ET

REPORT: The Myths & Facts Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In cooperation with numerous progressive groups, Media Matters Action Network has compiled the following report disproving many of the common distortions the right tosses around in an attempt to prevent comprehensive immigration reform.

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March 15, 2010 2:10 pm ET

New Anti-Immigration Ads Leave The Facts Behind

Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW) has released a new set of anti-immigration ads falsely asserting that undocumented immigrants are at fault for the unemployment numbers in the United States. 

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November 11, 2009 2:34 pm ET

GOP Chair Of Immigration Reform Caucus Belongs To Anti-Immigrant "Hate Group"

Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), who took over the chairmanship of the Immigration Reform Caucus from Rep. Tom Tancredo, currently serves on the advisory board of the anti-immigrant hate group Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR).

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