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U.S. Border Patrol’s Use of Excessive Force Continues to Go Unpunished

Promised change has been slow to come to the allegedly dysfunctional federal law enforcement agency.

US- Mexico border separating Tijuana and San Diego. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Many people, including the President, say that the U.S. immigration system is broken. Last year, the Obama administration promised to crack down on Border Patrol agents who use excessive force; however, “no shooting cases have been resolved, no agents have been disciplined, a review panel has yet to issue recommendations, and the top two jobs in internal affairs are vacant,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Puerto Rico Governer Proposes Voting Rights for All, Regardless of Immigration Status

The new proposal would augment other safeguards for undocumented immigrants, including access to healthcare, education, and driver’s licenses.

Puerto Rico governer Alejandro Garcia Padilla has announced plans for legislation that would grant the right to vote to all of its estimated 200,000-400,000 undocumented immigrants. The statements came at a recent public meeting with the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, during which the two politicians signed various agreements to tackle economics, education, security, and environmental issues together.

“Today, we would like to break down the barriers that prevent immigrants from contributing all that they truly can to economic recovery and social progress in Puerto Rico,” said Padilla earlier this month.

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This Woman Is Pretending to Be Poor as Art

The playing poor trend is now an art project. Meet Tania Bruguera, who's becoming an illegal immigrant for a year.


Tania Bruguera at a performance.

Earlier this week we criticized the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign, in which people try and survive on $1.50 in food per day, for being pointless. Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans then responded to our piece, arguing that Live Below the Line wasn't "playing poor," but was instead "symbolic action." Perhaps that debate can provide some context to the work of artist Tania Bruguera, whose next project is to live for a year as an illegal immigrant in New York City.

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