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Colbert Storms Congress, Ezra Klein and Charlie Crist on Immigration’s Economic Boost

Via Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel, Florida’s Independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist says immigration reform is key to keeping social security solvent: “Studies show that 11-14 million people are in the country as non-citizens, and if we are willing to have a thoughtful, reasonable pathway to citizenship — earning citizenship — then those 11-14 million people can become productive, participating members of the American economy, paying the payroll taxes, helping Social Security going forward, and making America stronger financially…”

‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: 2.1M DREAMers?; Take Our Jobs, Stephen Colbert!; 1070 Lawsuit

Various outlets in the Spanish-language press cover a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) documenting how many students would be eligible for temporary legal status under the DREAM Act, and how many of those would be likely to fill the requirements for citizenship. Meanwhile, the United Farm Workers’ “Take Our Jobs” campaign makes it on the Colbert Report, and Arizona is saving up for the legal battle over SB 1070.

WATCH: Lou Dobbs’ Reputation Salvation Tour

So Lou Dobbs was paid $8 million to leave CNN after the network came under increasing fire for giving Lou Dobbs a primetime slot to incessantly trash immigrants and Latinos. Kudos for CNN for finally doing the right thing. We’ve rounded up some of the funniest reactions to a man who doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously.

Colbert Calls MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan A ‘Reverse Civil Rights Leader’

Leo: “He referred to Buchanan, who has been appearing on MSNBC all week claiming Sotomayor has “a lifelong resolve to discriminate against white males,” as a reverse civil rights leader, and showed a clip of him saying, “White men were 100% of the people who wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg.” This, of course, prompted Colbert to say, “YEAH, where were the black guys during the Civil War? Come on, I’m not saying they all should have volunteered, just three fifths of them.” “

Reporters Who Exposed Arpaio Receive Pulitzer, as Colbert Reports

A newspaper series exposing Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s costly abuse of power in Arizona just won the Pulitzer prize: “Sheriff Joe Arapaio is a national disgrace. Among the Pulitzer prizes awarded today was one to Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Arizona) for its coverage of Arpaio’s immigration enforcement policies.”