posts categorized asOpEd

“Bad Dudes”: Immigrants, Illegality, and Human Rights

by on February 27, 2017

By sweepingly associating immigrants who overstayed their visa or crossed the border improperly with criminal activity, the President built upon a long tradition in U.S. political culture. Indeed, although his policies represent a major shift, they were made possible by a consistent strategy deployed since the 1970s to portray unauthorized immigration as criminal.

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William P. Jones, “Ray Cross’ misunderstanding of history undercuts his position,” The Journal Sentinel (May 11, 2016)

by on May 12, 2016

In a recently publicized private memo, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross compared tenured faculty “who are no longer needed in a discipline” to railway brakemen who, he claimed, demanded “a job for life even when that job was no longer necessary.” Cross’ analogy fails on two counts: First, it’s bad history.

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Lane Windham, “Let Penn State grad students decide if they want to form a union: The administration and faculty members should stay neutral.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 26, 2016)

by on May 3, 2016

A directive on how to fight graduate employees’ unionization efforts was the last thing I expected Penn State University’s Graduate School to plop in my email in-box on Friday morning. Yet there it was. Under the heading of “Guidance for faculty and other supervisors of graduate student assistants,” the document clearly seeks to enlist faculty and staff in its resistance to graduate employees’ burgeoning union campaign at State College.

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