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President Joe Biden details bipartisan deal on infrastructure during trip to Wisconsin

During a June 29 trip to the swingiest congressional district in the swing state of Wisconsin, President Joe Biden detailed a bipartisan deal on infrastructure, focusing on how it would help families and workers across Wisconsin and the country. Speaking from the municipal transit utility in La Crosse, Biden discussed the ways the infrastructure deal will help Wisconsinites with some of the state’s most pressing problems. Biden said the deal will include the removal of harmful “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from waterways — a problem that drove the state to provide free bottled water to residents of nearby...

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Political Misdirection: Why Republican pundits blame Biden for the broken immigration system he inherited

Republican pundits and lawmakers are, once again, warning of an immigration crisis at our southern border. Texas governor Greg Abbott says that if coronavirus spreads further in his state, it will not be because of his order to get rid of masks and business restrictions, but because President Biden is admitting undocumented immigrants who carry the virus. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is also talking up the immigration issue, suggesting (falsely) that the American Rescue Plan would send $1400 of taxpayer money “to every illegal alien in America.” Right-wing media is also running with stories of a wave of immigrants...

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Biden ends Trump-era policy punishing asylum-seekers but the trauma for countless migrants remains

By Austin Kocher, Research Associate Professor, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University The last residents of Mexico’s Matamoros refugee camp crossed the border into the United States on March 5 to request asylum. The migrants – many of them Central Americans fleeing endemic violence, poverty and corruption – will be allowed to stay in the U.S. as their cases move through the immigration court system. The exodus from the Matamoros camp, which once sheltered more than 2,500 asylum-seekers, marks the end of a Trump-era policy called the Migrant Protection Protocols. Commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” the January 2019...

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Stranded far from home: Deported U.S. Veterans urge the Biden administration to repatriate them

By Jennifer Martinez-Medina, PhD Candidate/Political Science Instructor, Portland State University Ivan Ocon thought he would be headed back to civilian life as a U.S. citizen after serving the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Ocon, who was born in Mexico, came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 1985 to reunite with his mother. He joined the Army in 1997, and his recruiter assured him that enlisting would make him a U.S. citizen. When Ocon received orders of deployment to Iraq he was given a pre-deployment checklist to help him get his affairs in...

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MKE It Back: More than 70 small business owners to get financial assistance with grant from Downtown BID

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 launched the “MKE It Back” Grant program in February to assist downtown small businesses in their recovery from the pandemic. More than 70 restaurants, bars, salons, barbershops, and retailers will be the recipients of the grant, bringing the total grant allocation to $250,000. Funding could be applied towards operating expenses or innovative marketing pivots in response to the pandemic. To be eligible, the business had to be located within the geographic boundaries of Milwaukee Downtown BID #21. The business was also required to be a retailer, restaurant, bar, or personal service provider, such as a...

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Out of the Ashes of Trump: President Biden sets course to finally heal the economic poison of Reaganism

While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which expands health care and unemployment benefits, and contains one of the most ambitious efforts to reduce child poverty since the New Deal. Right behind it is President Biden’s plan for infrastructure and jobs. The juxtaposition of Trump’s impeachment trial and President Biden’s ambitious plans is no coincidence. Trump left Republicans badly fractured and on the defensive. The Republican...

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