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Here are some of the best immigration tidbits from around the internets today — oh, and leave us some Friday comment love if you get a second.
Andrea Nill at the Wonk Room reports on Lou Dobbs’ sprint to dump the toxic brand image he’s built up for himself on immigration. The question, of course, is whether there’s a snowball’s chance in it’ll work. (And why is he so concerned…)
Maegan La Mala at Vivir Latino posts video and the new findings that immigration reform would be a 1.5 trillion dollar stimulus to the economy. She also argues, “And how much would it cost to deport the undocumented estimated to be in the United States? $2.6 trillion over ten years. The U.S. can afford that right?”
Dave Neiwert points out the hypocrisy of Glen Beck’s “pre-emptive defense of the coming wave of anti-immigrant bigotry.” over at Crooks and Liars (complete with video).
Mary Giovagnoli at Immigration Impact argues that, given the recent UCLA study and a Cato Institute report from last August (“Two different major reports coming at the issue from different ideological perspectives, both using scientifically respected economic models, pursued independently, reaching the same conclusion”), immigration reform is now more a matter of “how” than when (or if).
Last but not least, submissions are now be accepted for panels at Netroots Nation 2010, and one of the top featured ideas for panels over at Adam B’s diary on Daily Kos is “Comprehensive Immigration Refom”. If you have a good idea for a panel on immigration, don’t forget that the submission deadline is February 8!
Okay — a couple more TGIF tidbits to round out your week: (UPDATED)
Via ICIRR, the New York Times reports, “Iraqi Refugee Denied Green Card for Working with US Soldiers in Iraq.” We’ve got some messed up immigration laws, people.
Erin Rosa at Campus Progress highlights more disturbing connections between Tea Partiers, Minutemen, and White Supremacy.
Change.org blogger Prerna Lal points out a brewing contoversy over a new National Geographic television series, citing this post at Latina Lista: “National Geographic Channel’s “Border Wars” game creator reaches out to Latino community with an apology.