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And it’s far from clear to what’s going to happen. Thomas, ordinarily the staunchest states’ “rights” justice, is different in preemption.   And elite Republicans don’t have monolithic views on immigration enforcement (in particular, you have to think that Kennedy might see auto executives getting detained in Alabama and think it might be time to put […]

Alabama

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On December 10, 2011

I had wondered what Alabama would do after a police officer arrested a German auto executive under its draconian new immigration law. Now we know. Faced with backlash over the detainment of two foreig

It’s pretty depressing that a law intended to oppress brown people has to affect a white person to make headlines, but that’s America. A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for not having a driver’s license with him under Alabama’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday, in an otherwise routine […]

Oscar Handlin, RIP

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On September 24, 2011

I don’t often talk about individual historians because most of you won’t care, but it’s worth noting the death of Oscar Handlin, a historian who did more than anyone to create the fi

Are Finns White?

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On September 1, 2011

This issue came up in the comments to a post from earlier in the week. Before you answer that question with the obvious no, note that this was a real issue in American history. John Svan was a Finnish

Immigration Reform

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On August 25, 2011

I meant to comment on this a couple of days ago, before I went away on a brief vacation, but I didn’t have time. So even though the news is a few days old now, I really want to commend President

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