Additional Information on Deepak Bhargava

* Bhargava has written extensively on issues of poverty, racial justice, immigration reform, community organizing, and economic justice. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe NationThe American Prospect, and the Huffington Post.

* Bhargava has impugned the “8 years of enforcement-only [immigration] policies and divisive scare tactics under the [George W.] Bush administration” that caused “an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country [to] live in a state of perpetual fear.” Charging that “our policies have created an entire sub-class of people who live and work in the shadows,” Bhargava laments that immigrants are “victimized” by a system that “is so broken that there is virtually no legal way for [them] to come to our country.”

* Bhargava praised President Obama’s “economic recovery proposal” as a plan that would provide “far more money than we’ve spent on the very poorest people in the country than at any time since the 1960s.” He said that as a result of the plan, “2.5 million people will be lifted out of poverty” via the expansion of such programs as food stamps and unemployment insurance.

* Bhargava lives in Washington, DC with his partner Harry Hanbury, a documentary filmmaker.

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