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Inaction Bests Executive Action on Immigration

Inaction Bests Executive Action on Immigration

Immigration is an area where ideology and political power plays overshadow real pragmatic discussion of what needs to happen. – Yale’s Professor Alicia Schmidt-Camacho, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. As the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States reaches unprecedented levels and hyper-partisanship halting Congress, immigration reform is an

Choosing the Community

“Here in America, we don’t guarantee equal outcomes… but we do expect that everybody gets an equal shot,” President Obama said when introducing America’s College Promise, a program to guarantee two years of free education for qualified students. He announced the proposal on January 9th at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, a symbolic nod

Incivility? Examining the Controversy Behind Civil Forfeiture

An underground marijuana operation. A former high school teacher. An unsuspecting wife. The scene resembles something from Breaking Bad, but for Kathleen von Hofe, the situation became a reality when the Branford, Connecticut police department raided her home in 2001. While Harold von Hofe admitted to growing and distributing marijuana in the basement of their

How to Build Your Own Political Dynasty: An Instruction Manual

So, you want political power? You can picture your name on elementary schools and highways; you dream of a crowd chanting your name under raining red, white, and blue confetti. In America this means you have to run a top-notch, cutthroat campaign while also remaining likeable to voters. This requires hiring the best strategists, making

A Silent Surge: The New NHPD Strategy That No One’s Talking About

In December 2014, Yale students, Yale faculty, and New Haven activists marched across the city to the beat of drums. Since Michael Brown was shot on a Ferguson, MO, street last August, groups such as the Black Student Alliance at Yale and the community coalition ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) have

Feeling Versus Fact: Reconciling Ava DuVernay’s Retelling of Selma

The film Selma is not honest, according to Julian Bond, civil rights leader, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and former chairman of the NAACP. “There has never been an honest movie about the civil rights movement,” Bond wrote in an email to The Politic. For that, he says, “We will have to