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TGIF Immigration Roundup: Tea Parties Get New Target, Gheen Says “Make My Day, Punk”

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It’s gonna be in bullet points. Why? ‘Cause it’s Friday, people.

  • David Neiwert kicks things off over at Crooks and Liars, reporting, “Yesterday, a genuinely historic moment passed with scarcely a blip of attention from the media: President Obama signed into law the nation’s first genuine federal bias-crimes statute.” He goes on to slam Pat Robertson for not actually reading the legislation before claiming it doesn’t protect people against those with religious bias.

  • BarbinMD launches a heated discussion over at Daily Kos with Teabaggers Have New Target — check it out. The piece begins, “The immigration restrictionist group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) said it’s flooding Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, and planning another round of Tea Parties, to motivate what they hope will be a huge backlash against any attempt to legalize any undocumented immigrants in the United States.”

  • Jennifer McFayden, over at About.com writes about the ALIPAC Tea Parties: “Peaceful, maybe, but ALIPAC president William Gheen is known for his hard line approach.” She quotes him saying telling Congressman Gutierrez (D-IL) to “”Make my day punk!”(Seriously?) and then goes on to say, “I don’t know what poll Gheen is using, but if he’s quoting the recent CNN poll that’s making the rounds, he might want to look at this blog post from America’s Voice.”

  • Another detention tragedy reported in the Boston Globe, in Detained immigrant’s death leaves far-reaching questions.

  • Did folks watch it? What’d you think?

    Finally, Maegan la mala of Vivir Latino had the story yesterday about our “Drop the Hate, Drop Dobbs” TV ad airing across the country, in CNN Wasn’t Having It, But MSNBC Says Yes to Drop Dobbs Ad. Politico also covered the story, reporting: “Today, America’s Voice announced that the “Drop Dobbs” ad will get some play in major markets beginning tonight on one of CNN’s rivals: It will air during MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

So, did you watch the ad on Rachel Maddow? Sign the letter to CNN yet?

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