Manuel Madrid

Manuel Madrid is a writing fellow at The American Prospect

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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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AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Lincoln trickle-downers_35.jpg L ess 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...

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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AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster A woman holds up a sign that reads "Defend DACA Defend TPS" during a rally supporting DACA outside the White House This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . UPDATE: On Monday, January 8, the Trump administration announced its decision to terminate special deportation protections for some 200,000 Salvadoran nationals. Immigrants from El Salvador were granted Temporary Protected Status after the country was struck by a series of deadly earthquakes in 2001. Salvadoran TPS holders have until September 2019 to change their immigration status, leave the United States, or risk going undocumented. T he past has come to claim Karla Alvarado and her family. Departing from Central America’s infamous Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Karla and her younger brother Carlos made the harrowing journey to the United States border in 1997, crossing over with the help of a coyote and then waiting for...

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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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill trickle-downers_35.jpg I f 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...

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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AP Photo/Lynne Sladky Children stand next to United States and Haitian flags as they hold signs in support of renewing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from Central America and Haiti now living in the United States, during a news conference in Miami B lack 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...