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Immigration by the numbers

One Cent's Worth
After many false starts, a convergence of public sentiment and political will has sped the country to the brink of comprehensive immigration reform. In purely economic terms, it's a no-brainer — one of those rare instances where a moral imperative neatly aligns with our national self-interest.  
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  May 16, 2013
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Anti-Immigrant Stupor

Big Fat Whale
Go back to Africo!
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 20, 2012



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Review: Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki's effective minimalism
Few filmmakers practice minimalism as effectively as Aki Kaurismäki.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 08, 2011

Over-the-border inhumanity

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My heart sank when I heard that the Fuentes brothers, who own the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and the Cancun restaurants in Biddeford and Waterville, had been arrested, their restaurants raided by federal agents.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 12, 2011
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Tasting Iraqi hospitality in Westbrook

A feast for a guest
At Mona's house in Westbrook, when a guest comes to visit, this is what she makes: a platter of yellow rice topped with golden bone-in chicken pieces, tomato-and chili-flake soup, a platter of beef dolmas, flatbread, pickled vegetables, fresh salad, watermelon, and a lemon-yogurt drink.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 21, 2011
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Well, this is embarrassing

Idiot Box
From somewhere in Mexico ...
By MATT BORS  |  August 10, 2011



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Anti-diversity is bad for business

Letters to the Portland Editor, January 28, 2011
As he has done with environmental leaders, Governor Paul LePage needs a forum to hear from Maine immigrant and civil-rights leaders. This is made all the more urgent when one considers his "kiss my butt" sound-bite refusal to meet with the NAACP because they are a "special interest."
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 26, 2011



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New play based on L-A's Somali experience

Immigrant scenes
Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 05, 2011
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Activist and friend hope for DREAM Act passage

Immigrant rights
Jessy Galvéz is kneeling at the altar of El Sinai Church in Portland, at an interfaith vigil supporting the DREAM Act.
By ANNE HOFFMAN  |  December 08, 2010
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Dinaw Mengestu's subtle take on immigrant blues

White lies
Seriousness sets Dinaw Mengestu's work apart from most novels about the immigrant experience.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 19, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Endorsements
Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 20, 2010
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Going Gaga for gay rights

Rally report
Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 22, 2010
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Secure borders start at home

Hoopleville
A public service announcement from the Office of Proactive & False Security.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 11, 2010
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Anti-Immigrant Stupor

Big Fat Whale
Go back to Africo!
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 04, 2010



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Photos: Immigration activists at Copley Square

Immigration rally | Copley Square | July 10, 2010
Activists against Arizona's SB1070, plus some Jan Brewer supporters, rally at Copley Square on July 10, 2010.
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  July 20, 2010
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Immigration activists miss a chance

Off Base
New England activists had what may have been their biggest opportunity to thrust immigration front and center this past weekend — and some local activists are disappointed that the movement didn't make a better showing.
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  July 20, 2010



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Two sides to Guy

Boston Phoenix letters, June 25, 2010
I’m a delegate at the state Democratic convention and I didn’t vote for Guy Glodis for auditor.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 24, 2010
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Mexican president flubs it at the Kennedy school

Yo No Tengo Huevos Dept.
Only a day before the Massachusetts Senate showed its true colors by approving a set of anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget — a recent change of heart that would probably not have happened had it not been for the so-called Arizona effect — the Harvard Kennedy School's Class of 2010 hosted Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa as its commencement speaker.
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  June 04, 2010
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A Mexican Metamorphosis

Idiot Box
Kafka comes to Arizona
By MATT BORS  |  June 03, 2010

Cowardly new world

Diverse-City
I know that the ancient Mayan calendar indicated the world may end in 2012, but I doubt it. Instead, let me illustrate how bad it might get, starting in that year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 26, 2010



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An immigrant song

What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
By DAVID KISH  |  May 17, 2010

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 05, 2010



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Should non-citizens vote?

Government Reform
We Americans know we don't like taxation without representation in our democracy, but should we allow participation without naturalization?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 17, 2010

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