Now more than ever, we need a rational and respectful dialogue about
how to fix our country’s broken immigration system. But comments like
Texas Representative Betty Brown’s recent assertion that legal Chinese
American immigrants should adopt Anglophone names that are “easier for
Americans to deal with” represents precisely the kind of divisive
rhetoric that will keep us from such a levelheaded debate.
Brown’s callous suggestion that Chinese American citizens are not
American is symptomatic of the veiled bigotry that underlies much of
the immigration debate across the nation. It also begs the question of
why state legislators across the country would want to associate with
the organization that Brown helped found to propagate racially divisive
A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDE GREATER
FUNDING AND ASSISTANCE TO THE STATE OF GEORGIA TO OFFSET THE TAXES PAID
BY IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS YET NOT DISTRIBUTED TO THE STATE TO FUND
NECESSARY SERVICES FOR THOSE RESIDENTS MANDATED BY THE FEDERAL
As we noted in the Dispatch a couple weeks ago, despite a dearth of recent successes and mounting fiscal crises in most states, rightwing voter ID legislation designed to suppress voter turnout continues to be pressed around the country. So far this year at least 17 states have seen bills introduced to institute or enhance ID requirements for voting or registration (AL, CO, GA, IN, MD, MN, MS, MO, NY, OK, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WY). It appears we now know enough to predict the landscape of the voter ID battles in this legislative session.