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Welcome Refugees! America Is Happy To Have You!

The American majority welcomes refugees, and will do what we can to make sure that our government gives them the help you deserve. America is happy to add refugees to our multicultural community of human progress. […]

The 47 Gutless Democrats Who Caved In To Republican Xenophobia, Obstructing Help To Victims Of The Islamic State

Take note, Democratic voters. These craven Democratic politicians do not deserve your votes. They have surrendered to the Republican agenda of fear. […]

We Do It Anyway

As you’re probably aware, Republican Party governors across the United States are declaring that they don’t want any Syrian refugees coming into their states because there might be a secret terrorist sneaking in among them, posing as a refugee.

It’s tempting to try to find empirical evidence to the contrary, to consult profiles of refugees […]

Lewiston, Maine continues to Experience a Decline in Crime after Somali Immigration

For years now, there have been people who don’t like the fact that immigrants from Somalia have settled in Lewiston, Maine. Some of the people who don’t like Somalis have been claiming that since the arrival of Somali immigrants in Lewiston in 2001, the crime rate has gone up.

But this is just not true. […]

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

Here and There, Them Versus Us

If a vulnerable family in need appeared at your door, would you help? Our would you turn them into the cold?

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee would turn them away. As J. Clifford points out, Mike Huckabee promised in 2008 that he’d take away citizenship from American-born babies if they had non-citizen parents. Wrong blood […]

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: is Lewiston, Maine riddled with Crime since Somali Immigrants Came to Town?

When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:

Madeleine, […]

J. Gresham Barrett Foiled In Fence Folly?

In political terms, the Complete the Fence Act may have played its role successfully. In spite of the bill’s legislative failure, Representative Barrett can tell constituents back home all about it, to show them that he’s working hard to protect them from the dirty, stinking foreigners. […]

Is State A National Security Department Now?

When the government organization that deals with the outside world is regarded as a security institution, it’s a sign that our nation is incapable of thinking about what lays beyond its borders without feeling insecure. […]

Mitt Romney and Republican Crowd Boo at Europe

You know, it’s good every once in a while to go to a Republican Party event, because it reminds me why I am not a Republican. Take today’s sparsely-attended rally featuring Mitt Romney at the Franklin County GOP Victory Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. More like a staff meeting than a rally, with a couple […]