Manuel Madrid

Manuel Madrid is a writing fellow at The American Prospect

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Jeff Sessions Is Just Getting Started on Deporting More Immigrants

He’s speeding up their hearings, and if that leads to expelling exemplary immigrants on whose paperwork the government is sitting—well, that’s tough.

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This could be Jeff Sessions’s year. Not that he wasn’t busy in 2017, a year marked by his rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), attacking sanctuary cities, reinstating debtors’ prisons, and cracking down on recreational marijuana. Indeed, over these last few months Sessions appears to have been working with the single-minded focus of a man who reportedly came within inches of losing his job in July after falling into President Trump’s bad graces for recusing himself from the Mueller probe. But 2018 will provide him his best chance yet at Trumpian redemption. Sessions has long railed against the United States’ “broken” asylum system and the massive backlog of immigration court cases, which has forced immigrants to suffer unprecedented wait times and has put a significant strain on court resources. But the attorney general’s appetite for reform has now grown beyond pushing for more judges and a bigger budget, both...

What Republicans Have Learned from Their Tax Cut Debacles: Nothing

Despite the failures of trickle-down economics in Kansas and Oklahoma, Nebraska seems poised to give it a go.

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trickle-downers_35.jpg Less than two weeks into the new legislative session, Nebraska lawmakers already look to be moving full speed ahead on enacting corporate and top-rate tax cuts—even amid an ongoing budget shortfall that has resulted in severe spending cuts to state services. During his State of the State address on Wednesday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts introduced the preliminary framework for a tax plan that would see the state’s top corporate and income tax rate cut twice over the next two years. The address marked what will be a second attempt by the governor at passing a tax reform bill after a plan he sponsored fell six votes short of passing the state’s Republican majority unicameral legislature last year, thanks to opposition from Democrats and some moderate Republicans. This bipartisan group of dissenters felt the bill didn’t do enough for farmers and low-income constituents who have faced surging property taxes at a time when the state’...

The Other Imperiled Immigrants

For no good reason, other than spite and symbolism, Trump goes after Central American immigrants with Temporary Protected Status.

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This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . UPDATE: On Friday, May 4, the Trump administration rescinded deportation protections for 57,000 Hondurans currently living and work in the United States. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the damage and disruption in Honduras caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1999 was not substantial enough to merit a renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Honduras’s TPS designation had been set to expire in November 2017, but former Acting Secretary Elaine Duke delayed the decision for six months. In her short time as head of DHS, Nielsen has eliminated protections for nearly 50,000 Haitians, 9,000 Nepalis, and some 200,000 Salvadorans. Salvadoran TPS holders have until September 2019 to change their immigration status, leave the United States, or risk going undocumented. Hondurans will have until January 2020. The past has come to claim Karla Alvarado and...

Booze, Women, and Movies: Chuck Grassley Couldn’t Be More Wrong about Taxpayers

Grassley’s characterizations of ordinary Americans are not only callous, but also patently false.

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trickle-downers_35.jpg If the Senate Republican tax bill could talk, it would probably sound a lot like Chuck Grassley. During a week already rife with Republican skullduggery, the Iowa Senator did his best Scrooge impression while defending the recently passed legislation’s weakening of the estate tax: “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley told reporters last week . “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” The senator’s words were callous, elitist, and, worse still, completely inaccurate. In 2015, consumers with pre-tax incomes between $15,000 and $30,000 spent nearly eight-and-a-half times less on alcohol than consumers who made $200,000 or more, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey . Consumers that made between $50,000 and $70,000 still spent more than four times less on alcohol than those who made $200,000...

On the Edge of Deportation, Haitians Hold Out for Hope on TPS

The threat of deportation has cast a shadow over Thanksgiving for tens of thousands of Haitians living in the country under Temporary Protected Status.

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Black immigrant advocates gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol last week to tell stories of America’s Haitian communities and ask the Trump administration for a Thanksgiving “gift”: Don’t deport us. The Department of Homeland Security has until Thursday to decide on whether to renew a temporary program that allows about 50,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States. Immigrant advocacy groups have shifted into high gear to press for an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), while urging legislators to devise an alternative if the DHS fails to renew protections for Haitians next week. “Anyone traveling back to Haiti can see for themselves that these conditions are inhumane. It is truly as if it was the day after the 2010 earthquake,” Democratic Representative Yvette Clark of New York told the small group at the Capitol. Clark recently proposed a bill that would provide permanent residency for certain TPS holders if a judge determined...

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