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April 27, 2007 | Issue 629

NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL

EDITORIAL
Will Washington deliver justice for immigrants?
If it were up to the public at large, undocumented immigrants would be eligible to apply for citizenship. But with the politicians in charge, the options offered are very different.

Nativo López on the politicians' immigration proposals:
"Enforcement-heavy and legalization-light"
The president of the Mexican American Political Association talks to SW about what's at stake for the immigrant rights movement as this year's May Day protests approach.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Why business wants a guest-worker program
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff' participation in negotiations over an immigration bill illustrates something about the two-faced nature of the debate.

A Texas jail for immigrant kids
Approximately 400 immigrants are incarcerated in T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Tyler, Texas--and at least half of the prisoners are children.

The first May Day
The 19th-century struggle of a largely immigrant working class in the U.S. for the eight-hour day is honored by the international workers' holiday on May 1.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Surging chaos in U.S.-occupied Iraq
Instead of claims about how its "surge" of U.S. troops in Baghdad was producing modest success, Bush administration officials have started berating the Iraqi government again.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

Supreme Court takes aim at abortion rights
The right of women to choose abortion suffered a serious blow when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2003 federal ban on a late-term abortion procedure.

A tragedy that didn't have to happen
Millions of people had a single question about the killings at Virginia Tech: How could this happen? The terrible answer is: all too easily, in a society that fails the most basic tests.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Winners and losers in France's vote
The second round of the French presidential election on May 6 will be a run-off between a narcissistic bully and an opportunistic pseudo-"socialist."

Have the tables turned on the U.S. in Somalia?
A massacre in Somalia by U.S.-backed Ethiopian forces has set off a political realignment against the Ethiopian invaders and the Somali government they installed last January.

Israel threatens Palestinian legislator
In response to the threat of secret charges against him, Azmi Bishara, the most prominent political leader of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, has been forced to resign.

NATIONAL NEWS

The terrorist that the U.S. let walk
At the direction of a federal court, Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-Castro Cuban exile suspected of masterminding a string of terrorist bombings, walked out of prison on bail.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Teachers hold the line in Hayward walkout
The Hayward, Calif., school district that sought an injunction against 1,300 striking teachers pulled back after the teachers' union challenged it.

Labor in brief
Saigon Grill

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Takeover of a senator's office in Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Madison students walked out of classes to demand an immediate withdrawal of troops in Iraq--and then occupied the office of Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.

Why we decided to occupy
A member of the Campus Antiwar Network explains how the occupation of Sen. Herb Kohl's office took place.

News and reports
Protest the BHP natural gas terminal | Lancet study author denied visa | Stop ICE raids | No to war and occupation

VIEWS AND VOICES

Behind the talk about Boston's "crime wave"
A recent spate of homicides in Boston's Black and Latino neighborhoods has prompted city newspapers and politicians to talk about the need to crack down on street violence.

Soldiers' voices banned from stage
The public high school in the little town of Wilton, Conn., made it into the New York Times recently, but not for its high test scores or excellent academic performance record.

Views in brief
Fired for taking a stand for Till | We need more than single-payer | The pressure on recruiters

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

How hip-hop got blamed for Imus
Music writer Dave Marsh talks about why the media turned from Don Imus' firing to focus on a favorite scapegoat: hop-hop music.

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