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June 06, 2013

If there is a dominant myth in the debate over America’s treatment of the men and women who harvest our food, it is that U.S. workers won’t take these jobs. A recent study by a researcher named Michael Clemens at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington, DC think tank, and released by the Rupert Murdoch backed Partnership for a New American Economy, makes just such a claim.

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June 04, 2013

As the U.S. Senate deliberates Senate Bill 744 to reform the nation's immigration policies, the SPLC today unveiled an advocacy campaign to raise awareness of how U.S. companies are exploiting foreign guest workers. Advocates, researchers, policymakers and journalists can now access the Campaign for Guest Worker Justice online resource center for data, video, court cases and reports documenting the abuses faced by these workers.

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May 29, 2013

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, describing the for-profit prison as a filthy, dangerous facility “operating in a perpetual state of crisis” where prisoners are at “grave risk of death and loss of limbs” and often resort to setting fires to receive medical attention. 

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May 29, 2013

A bloody battle that erupted when anti-racists stormed a suburban Chicago restaurant and attacked white nationalists with bats and batons last year is just the latest skirmish in a decades-long war between white supremacists and “anti-fascists” that continues to rage, according to the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Reportreleased today.

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May 28, 2013

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue the mark-up of Senate bill 744 – otherwise known as comprehensive immigration reform – there has been the usual beltway chatter that comes with high-profile legislation. Everyone loves to play armchair quarterback – or armchair senator – analyzing what each amendment means for the fate of this bill. But political junkies and lawmakers need to see beyond the usual political games and talking points.

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May 21, 2013

Registration is now open for the 12th annual National Mix It Up at Lunch Day event, sponsored by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program. More than 5,000 schools across the country are expected to take part in the event, set for Oct. 29.

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May 20, 2013

Several plans to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, including Senate Bill 744, contain important protections for U.S. and foreign workers that must be preserved as the legislation moves through Congress. But they lack critical protections to prevent foreign workers from enduring the kind of exploitation prevalent in the current H-2 guest worker program.

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