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5:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

We need more stories and books that treat Mexican immigrants as humans — novel idea, right? But far too often, the media and authors cast them as sinners or saints, with little deviation from cliches established decades ago.

That's why I recommend the writer Sam Quinones, and his two collections: True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.

Read them both, you'll see something rare: his migrant characters are brilliant, maddening, flawed and very human.

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Immigration
4:54 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

President Obama's Executive Action Could Help Thousands In Oklahoma

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Thousands of immigrants living illegally in Oklahoma could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from being deported.

The action was hailed by Oklahoma human rights groups and criticized by Republican lawmakers, who called it an overreach of powers.

The Tulsa-based Dream Act Oklahoma estimated Friday that at least 6,000 residents could benefit from the president's order.

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Law
4:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Action Bittersweet For Many Families

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

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Politics
4:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Takes Sales Pitch For Immigration Action On The Road

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

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Politics
4:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

In Southwest, New Immigration Policies Bring Frustration From All Sides

An anti-Obama protester yells on a megaphone Friday across the street from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, where President Obama delivered remarks on his use of executive authority to relax U.S. immigration policy in Las Vegas.
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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:49 pm

Even before the details of the president's executive action on immigration came down, William Gheen was hitting the phones, organizing demonstrations outside the Las Vegas high school Obama visited Friday.

"I don't know what's going to be effective, I don't think anybody ever expected that the president of the United States would side with an illegal immigrant invasion over American citizens' interest, but that's what's happened here," Gheen says.

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Politics
9:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:46 am

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And this morning, House Speaker John Boehner has weighed in. He delivered a statement reacting to President Obama's plans to overhaul the country's immigration system. Here's some of what he had to say.

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

"I began to learn at least what other people felt and what they wanted to say before cutting them off with my own diatribe. I used to do that." - John Francis
Andrew Heavens TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About John Francis' TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

About John Francis

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

Environmentalist John Francis speaks about the 17 years of his life during which he never spoke a word.
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet. Listen to second part of this story here.

About John Francis's TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect and responsibility. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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Around the Nation
7:15 am
Fri November 21, 2014

GOP Rep. Cole Says Obama Is Playing Politics With Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:46 am

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It's All Politics
6:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Who's Dreaming Now? Obama Opponents Do A Weapons Check On Immigration

Even though they were sitting close together at a White House luncheon earlier this month, Democrats and Republicans remain far apart on many issues including immigration. From left are House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:01 pm

Even before President Obama actually announced his new deferred deportation policy for millions of people in the country illegally, Republicans were everywhere denouncing it and threatening retaliation.

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