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Immigration by the numbers

After many false starts, a convergence of public sentiment and political will has sped the country to the brink of comprehensive immigration reform. In purely economic terms, it's a no-brainer — one of those rare instances where a moral imperative neatl
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  May 11, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Stupor(1)

Go back to Africo!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 22, 2012
Romney, Marriott, & Self-Deportation

Romney, Marriott, & Self-Deportation

Last night's Presidential debate opens the door for someone (maybe someone from CNN, in Thursday's debate?) to pose a question I've long suggested for Mitt...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 24, 2012

Review: Le Havre

Few filmmakers practice minimalism as effectively as Aki Kaurismäki.
Aki Kaurismäki's effective minimalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2011

Over-the-border inhumanity

My heart sank when I heard that the Fuentes brothers, who own the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and the Cancun restaurants in Biddeford and Waterville, had been arrested, their restaurants raided by federal agents.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 14, 2011

Tasting Iraqi hospitality in Westbrook

At Mona's house in Westbrook, when a guest comes to visit, this is what she makes: a platter of yellow rice topped with golden bone-in chicken pieces, tomato-and chili-flake soup, a platter of beef dolmas, flatbread, pickled vegetables, fresh salad, wate
A feast for a guest
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 23, 2011


Well, this is embarrassing

From somewhere in Mexico ...
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  August 12, 2011
Tea Party scuffles with immigrant activists at Secure Communities forum in Chelsea

Tea Party scuffles with immigrant activists at Secure Communities forum in Chelsea

A heated battle between immigrant advocates and Tea Party supporters erupted yesterday in Chelsea High School's auditorium, as activists gathered to protest the controversial Secure...
By Miriam Valaverde  |  April 29, 2011

Anti-diversity is bad for business

As he has done with environmental leaders, Governor Paul LePage needs a forum to hear from Maine immigrant and civil-rights leaders. This is made all the more urgent when one considers his "kiss my butt" sound-bite refusal to meet with the NAACP becaus
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 28, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 28, 2011
Governor Patrick offers hope for undocumented-immigrant drivers and college students

Governor Patrick offers hope for undocumented-immigrant drivers and college students

Two days ago, as every resident of Massachusetts was daydreaming of what to do if he or she won the Mega Millions (I too was...
By Marcela Garcia  |  January 07, 2011

New play based on L-A's Somali experience

Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
Immigrant scenes
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 07, 2011


Activist and friend hope for DREAM Act passage

Jessy Galvéz is kneeling at the altar of El Sinai Church in Portland, at an interfaith vigil supporting the DREAM Act.
Immigrant rights
By ANNE HOFFMAN  |  December 10, 2010

Dinaw Mengestu's subtle take on immigrant blues

Seriousness sets Dinaw Mengestu's work apart from most novels about the immigrant experience.
White lies
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 22, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

Going Gaga for gay rights

Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
Rally report
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2010

Secure borders start at home

A public service announcement from the Office of Proactive & False Security.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 13, 2010


Anti-Immigrant Stupor

Go back to Africo!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 06, 2010

Romney Comes Full Circle On Immigration?

Mitt Romney was once supportive of Kennedy-McCain style comprehensive immigration reform, but that was way back in 2005. By 2007, when he was running to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 30, 2010

Photos: Immigration activists at Copley Square

Activists against Arizona's SB1070, plus some Jan Brewer supporters, rally at Copley Square on July 10, 2010.
Immigration rally | Copley Square | July 10, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  July 23, 2010

Immigration activists miss a chance

New England activists had what may have been their biggest opportunity to thrust immigration front and center this past weekend — and some local activists are disappointed that the movement didn't make a better showing.
Off Base
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  July 16, 2010

ANSWERing Back

The ANSWER coalition for immigrant rights is holding a press conference in Boston today, announcing plans for a protest this Saturday at the National Governors...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 07, 2010

Two sides to Guy

I’m a delegate at the state Democratic convention and I didn’t vote for Guy Glodis for auditor.
Boston Phoenix letters, June 25, 2010

Mexican president flubs it at the Kennedy school

Only a day before the Massachusetts Senate showed its true colors by approving a set of anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget — a recent change of heart that would probably not have happened had it not been for the so-called Arizona effect — the
Yo No Tengo Huevos Dept.
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  June 04, 2010

A Mexican Metamorphosis

Kafka comes to Arizona
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  June 04, 2010

Cowardly new world

I know that the ancient Mayan calendar indicated the world may end in 2012, but I doubt it. Instead, let me illustrate how bad it might get, starting in that year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 28, 2010

Death of Immigration Bill Goes National

CNN has a piece on Speaker of the House Gordon Fox's decision to kill State Representative Peter Palumbo's bill mimicking the controversial Arizona immigration measure. From...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 25, 2010


An immigrant song

Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
By DAVID KISH  |  May 14, 2010

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 07, 2010

Immigration-Reform Politics

I've had a theory for oh, maybe six months, that I've talked about with a number of people (including a few members of Congress and...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 30, 2010

Should non-citizens vote?

We Americans know we don't like taxation without representation in our democracy, but should we allow participation without naturalization?
Government Reform
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 19, 2010