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The Minutemen have been transformed from an extremist "citizen border
patrol" to part of the neocon establishment. Has their leader sold out,
or bought in?
American history is marked by waves of immigrants--from Germans in the
eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first--and by nativist
backlashes against them.
Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee, the unlikely symbol of the biggest
American immigrant resettlement since the Industrial Revolution.
It's also the white-hot nexus of the new American nativism.
The nation must address the working-class anxieties underlying the anti-Hispanic sentiments now rising in Middle America--and Congress must pass an enlightened immigration bill that is
both sensible and humane.
As the Bush Administration continues to exercise an inordinate amount of
power, will the Supreme Court's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld ruling become
a guidepost for future government or a last lonely relic of a proud
Citizens, lawyers and constitutional scholars of all political stripes
have reason to be concerned about President Bush's use of "signing
statements," which assert his right to ignore a law and threaten the
central tenet of America's system of constrained government.
By casting the decisive vote in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and other
contentious disputes, Justice Anthony Kennedy plays a crucial role in a
Supreme Court that may soon veer off in an extreme rightward direction.
By blindly accepting Bush's expansion of state secrets claims, the
courts are allowing the executive branch to operate above the law,
putting the core principles of our democracy at risk.
The Supreme Court's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision is to Bush what the Pentagon Papers were to Nixon: a devastating rebuke of a President who thought he had a blank check and a clear affirmation of human rights and the rule of law.
This summer marks a grim anniversary of a Supreme Court decision to
affirm the death penalty and create a bureaucratic killing machine that
puts American justice at odds with the Constitution's underlying