July 3, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 232 Extended

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Topics: Recent Supreme Court rulings; the protests against family separation and ICE; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s election to Congress; Bill’s announcement. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Recorded: July 1st, 2018.

Episode 232 (40 min):
AFD 232

Note that all episodes for the rest of the summer will only be a half hour long.

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AFD 232 What We Didn’t Spend Enough Time on This Week (PDF)

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March 13, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 217

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Half Episode: Breaking up the Department of Homeland Security and abolishing ICE. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Produced: March 10th, 2018.

Episode 217 (27 min):
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The New Republic: Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security
Splinter News on Kamala Harris remarks on ICE

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January 30, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 212

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Topics: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 vs so-called reforms proposed now; a study on municipal broadband. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Produced: Jan 28th, 2018.

Episode 212 (52 min):
AFD 212

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AFD 212 Links Discussed/Recommended and Rachel’s notes (PDF)

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January 16, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 210

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Topics: ICE, TPS, and US immigration policy; Congress votes for more domestic surveillance. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Produced: Jan 14th, 2018.

Episode 210 (53 min):
AFD 210

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AFD 210 Articles Discussed (PDF)

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Extended Arsenal For Democracy 200th Episode (Oct 17, 2017) – Matt Christman

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Special Guest: Matt Christman (Chapo Trap House).
Topic: Leftism’s answer to the far-right and liberalism on climate change, immigration, trade deals, and globalism.
Hosts: Bill, Nate. Produced: Oct 15th, 2017.

Episode 200 (1 hour 5 min):
AFD 200

Featuring almost 10 extra minutes beyond the end of the FM episode! Thanks to all for listening since 2011.

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Liberty and inclusion for all

In the face of a fresh round of disturbing attacks against Muslims and Muslim immigrants (or people perceived to be) across our nation, we need to re-affirm some core principles.

First, non-citizens and people of all faiths have constitutionally guaranteed rights and civil liberties in the United States, and these rights and liberties must be upheld and protected.

Second, all immigrants, whether permanent residents, asylum-seekers, refugees, or undocumented immigrants are all deserving of the same dignity as everyone else in our society. They play a vital role in all aspects of our communities and our economies, and they have made this nation great. No one should be discriminated against by the state, by employers, by public accommodations, or by their fellow residents because of their lack of citizenship. No one should be physically attacked or threatened because of their religion (or for any other reason, of course).

Third, we should strive to promote full integration, socially and legally, for all non-citizens in our nation at every opportunity, rather than seeking to exclude or partition people because of their origins. This mission we undertake for the stability of our communities, as well as to meet our moral obligation to our fellow men, women, and children – wherever they were born and whatever brought them to our shores.

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Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965 turns 50

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Although it didn’t take effect until 1968, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was signed into law on October 3, 1965 — 50 years ago today — by President Lyndon Johnson. It was instrumental in transforming the racist eurocentric immigration quota policies that preceded it into a truly global immigration system focused on worker skills and family reunification.

However, as The Atlantic explained this week, the latter point was almost accidental — and its effect was unanticipated. The White supremacist faction in Congress at the time, disappointed in the abandonment of explicit national quotas, introduced family reunification in the hopes that it would encourage recent European immigrants to bring their extended families over and thus keep the balance of immigration overwhelmingly White and European. Instead, it created a beachhead for so many other countries’ migrants to make a new home in America.

In the subsequent half century, the pattern of U.S. immigration changed dramatically. The share of the U.S. population born outside the country tripled and became far more diverse. Seven out of every eight immigrants in 1960 were from Europe; by 2010, nine out of ten were coming from other parts of the world.
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The heightened emphasis on family unification, rather than replicating the existing ethnic structure of the American population, led to the phenomenon of chain migration. The naturalization of a single immigrant from an Asian or African or Hispanic background opened the door to his or her brothers and sisters and their spouses, who in turn could sponsor their own brothers and sisters. Within a few decades, family unification had become the driving force in U.S. immigration, and it favored exactly those nationalities the critics of the 1965 Act had hoped to keep out, because those were the people most determined to move.

 
The large numbers of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian immigrants and naturalized citizens in the United States today are here thanks in large part to the family reunification provisions passed in 1965.