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Countering Xenophobia, London Pro-Refugee Demonstration Looks to be Huge

On Saturday, September 12, a rally will be held in London to show support for refugees escaping conflict and arriving in Europe.

Two days ago, 30,000 people were expected to attend.

By yesterday, the count of registered attendees reached 62,000.

This morning, as I began writing this post, 80,000 people had committed to attend the […]

Are the Racists Right? Is Minneapolis More Violent Since Somali Immigrants Arrived? The Answer Rhymes With “Fell, Snow.”

The blog “Stuff Black People Don’t Like” has made an incendiary accusation about Somali immigrants to Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“None of these Somalis in any city of the United States should be in the country, if the government was actually concerned with creating a strong future for the nation’s actual citizens. It is not. Minneapolis once […]

Fact Check Update: is Lewiston, Maine Crime-Ridden since the 2001 arrival of Somali Immigrants?

Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that Somalis had brought crime to Lewiston against the observed crime […]

Why Isn't The USA Among the Best Nations for Refugees?

If we Americans aren’t willing to make good on that promise, and improve our treatment of refugees and immigrants, then we ought to at least be honest about it, and melt down the Statue of Liberty, refashioning the metal into something more appropriate for our nation’s attitude toward the world – barbed wire, for instance. […]