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Avon Park Rejects Rabid Immigration Law

Earlier this week I wrote The New Culture War where I dispelled the racist myths driving the immigration debate. In the piece, I wrote about the city of Avon Park whose Mayor Tom Macklin had proposed a law to punish landlords and employers who did business with undocumented immigrants and make English the official language.

In today's blog post, I celebrate a major shift in Avon Park politics. The New York Times reported today that in its authorization vote - the one that counts - which took place yesterday, the city council rejected the measure that it had previously approved in principle, due to the changed vote of Brenda Gray, the Council's only Black member.

Read more here.

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jul 25, 2006 in Cities | Civil Rights | Employment | Immigration | Politics | Racial Justice
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