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Texas Tea Party candidate Chris Mapp won’t apologize for anti-immigrant racial slur

<b>The Arizona-Mexico border fence near Naco, Arizona. (Reuters/Samantha Sais)</b><p>Republican Senate hopeful Chris Mapp says that in Texas, using this slur is as “normal as breathing air”<p>Elias Isquith<p>February 25, 2014 5:02pm (UTC)<p>With every passing day, it looks less and less like incumbent Texas Sen. John …

Reforming Immigration to Protect America's Breadbasket | Commentary

In recent years, Americans have become increasingly interested in where their food comes from. Twitter is inundated with photos of fruits and …

Immigration Overhaul: Good Ethics and Good Economics | Commentary

The heart and the head too seldom agree. But there’s one issue on the 2014 congressional agenda on which they unquestionably can: Immigration reform …

Obama: I'm 'champion-in-chief' on immigration

President Barack Obama called himself the “champion-in-chief” of comprehensive immigration reform Thursday but said once again that there’s nothing he can do stem the flow of deportations.<p>Speaking at a health care town hall program sponsored by Telemundo, Univision and La Opinion-impreMedia, Obama …

Why the U.S. Needs More Immigrants

If the Unites States is to maintain its superpower status into the next century, we need more immigrants coming into the country over the next several decades.<p>The United States population, without new immigrants in the mix, looks a lot like those of other developed nations: aging, declining, and …

Right-left immigration alliance frays

Conservative groups are intensifying pressure on House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws this year as the push for legislation becomes more urgent.<p>In recent weeks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a broad coalition of Christian leaders flooded Capitol Hill with letters stressing the urgency …

How Immigration Can Restrict and Enhance Liberty

An argument for letting in more newcomers—and a warning about a potential pitfall<p>Recent items at the Volokh Conspiracy, the exceptional legal blog now published by the <i>Washington Post</i>, offer two perspectives on immigration policy that deserve wider attention before various policy changes are next …

Immigration Doesn't Have the Votes Yet, Ryan Says

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan told his local newspaper that Republican leaders do not have the votes yet to pass a rewrite of the nation's …

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Gas had been leaking at N.Y. blast site, NTSB soil tests show

NEW YORK--Soil tests done in the hours immediately following a building explosion in Manhattan showed high concentrations of natural gas, indicating that there had been a leak going on for some time before the fatal blast, investigators said Friday.<p>Eight people were killed in Wednesday's explosion …

A letter from Guantanamo: 'Nobody can truly understand how we suffer'

<b>March 10, 2014 -</b> I write this letter, as I wrote my last, between bouts of violent vomiting and sharp pains in my stomach caused by this morning's force-feeding session. Reading news articles, you would think that we have stopped striking. Perhaps you might think that our protests had even been …