Nationalism, Nativism, and 287(g): Lessons from Prince William County, Virginia

Nationalism, Nativism, and 287(g): Lessons from Prince William County, Virginia

Ten years ago, Prince William County, Virginia's Board of County Supervisors decided to localize the enforcement of federal immigration law. There was resistance and backlash, and despite initial zest on the part of county Republicans, their rhetoric and their policies ended up biting them in the ass. But now the federal government is trying to set up the same kinds of localized immigration enforcement programs Prince William adopted back then, in addition to other restrictive immigration policies. The architect of this grand scheme -- former Kansas Attorney General and baby-faced racist Kris Kobach -- was also the architect of Prince William's spectacular failure. I revisit my research from 2008 and 2009, and come to the conclusion that we should be more worried than we already are.

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Why I March

Why I March

I haven't written anything yet about November 8th, 2016. Well, I've written and re-written reams in my head. Sometimes I think it's the only way I get through the day. But I haven't been brave enough to put pen to paper, or fingers to a keyboard, not yet, because I feel like whatever comes out has to be holistic. It has to be perfect. It has to be everything -- all the things, all the feelings, all the facts and perspectives, for all the people.

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What She Means To Me

What She Means To Me

In this last week before the election of our lifetime, as both Anne and I would characterize it, she wrote this essay for another blog, Women Are Boring (title meant to be ironic, let's just be clear), and because I edited it, I sneaked and I snook and I snuck (and got permission) to publish it here as well. Please enjoy it below.

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