City Hall: Commissioners Side with Southwest Neighbors over ICE Facility

Portland City Hall in January

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City commissioners this afternoon tentatively agreed to side with Southwest Portland neighborhood activists who previously criticized the city's approval process for a proposed immigration detention facility in South Waterfront.The decision today from City Council, which heads to a formal vote next week, essentially allows the federal Department of Homeland Security to move ahead with its plans for ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Senate to Consider DREAM Act and DADT on Saturday


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Saturday won't be a leisurely day on Capitol Hill. After years of false starts and dead ends, the DREAM Act comes up for a vote again Saturday, Dec. 18 in the U.S. Senate, where advocates think the immigration bill finally stands a chance of passage. Also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the bill (first crafted in 2001) would give undocumented young people who ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

South Waterfront Development on Ice


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Yesterday's three-hour hearing at City Hall on the proposal to build a Department of Homeland Security center [PDF] in South Waterfront ended without any clear resolution. The question before city commissioners: Is the pending Immigration and Customs Enforcement center an office, as the Department of Homeland Security contends? Or is it a detention facility, as residents in the South Waterfront ...   More
 
Thursday, January 20, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

PETA to Immigrants: If La Migra Doesn't Get You, America's Fatty Diet Will


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The Spanish-language press is hot with the news that PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is now pulling publicity stunts en Español. ¡Qué lindo! According to the website for the animal-rights group, PETA activists have sent a letter to the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the hopes of striking a deal to buy new ad space at border crossings. The ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Carpenter, farmer...or guitar hero? New professions cross the Oregon Trail


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Anybody who has ever moved halfway across the country—and there are more than a few of you out here in PDX who've done just that—knows that it can be a hell of a lot of work. You've got to secure housing, find a job, figure out what's worth bringing, find a way to transport it, and then spend days driving or riding across often barren landscapes, alternating weight from one butt cheek ...   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2008 Matt Graham

Lars Larson Grills Sen. Gordon Smith, who Calls WW's Cover Story a "Slimeball"


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Here are two segments from today's Lars Larson show on the topic of Señor Smith. Listen to Larson grill me and then Sen. Gordon Smith. And guess who he's nicer to? [Hint: Hell is currently freezing over]. [audio:http://localcut.wweek.com/mp3/BethSlovic091008.mp3] [audio:http://localcut.wweek.com/mp3/GordonSmith091008.mp3] "I am angry about this," Smith tells Lars Larson. "This goes ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Former Republican Party of Oregon Chairman Kevin Mannix: Every Oregon Business Should Be Subjected to Scrutiny


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[youtube OQzi0GNwRNI] Kevin Mannix, former chairman of the Republican Party of Oregon, visited Willamette Week's office today and had this to say about Señor Smith, WW's cover story from last week on U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith's family business and its practice of employing undocumented workers: "I object to anybody allowing illegal conduct to go forward. There's civil illegal and there's criminal ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Letter to Smith Frozen Foods' Management: "The Future of our Families Has Gotten Worse, Not Better"


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Last week, WW published "Señor Smith" about U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith's family business, Smith Frozen Foods, and the Eastern Oregon plant's history of hiring undocumented workers. This week, WW followed up with "Señor Smith, Part Dos." While both pieces focused on the plant's reliance on the work of illegal immigrants, both also quoted workers describing poor conditions at the plant. ...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Stage Review: Dos Pueblos


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Hell is other people. ­-Jean-Paul Satre Can you feel it? I said, can you feel it? This is the question repeatedly asked by the menagerie of characters in Dos Pueblos, the bilingual lovechild of Mexico City's La Comedia Humana and Portland's Hand2Mouth Theatre. Its 10-member cast comprises five actors from Mexico and five from Portland interacting in a fluid series of vignettes crafted ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Matt Graham

Gordon Smith's Latest Twists and Turns on Illegal Immigration


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The Hillsboro Argus editorial board recently endorsed U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) in his race against Democrat Jeff Merkley, speaker of the Oregon House. The audio from the board's interview with the incumbent senator is online now at Oregonlive.com, and it contains a number of interesting statements from Smith on Mexican workers and illegal immigration. In one instance, Smith applauds ...   More
 
Monday, October 27, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

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