State Immigration Laws Will Leave Farmers in a Bind

The Los Angeles Times published a editorial today that effectively pointed out the hypocrisy of states taking a tough stance on immigration by enacting laws to deter undocumented migrants from living in the state. States that rely heavily on agriculture, like Georgia, Alabama, Florida and California, also rely heavily on the immigrant workforce to harvest…

Short Profile on my Border Work

Short Profile on my Border Work

Thanks to the University of Arizona and it’s team of student journalists who run the Border Beat blog. Special thanks to Tim Glass for taking the time to listen to me go on and on about the border. Take a look: http://www.borderbeat.net/people/1661-todd-bigelow-an-eye-for-storytelling (All Images © Todd Bigelow. Registered with the US Copyright Office. Please do…

The Early Risers

The Early Risers

Pretty golf courses aren’t born that way, nor do they stay that way without tremendous effort by The Early Risers. They are the laborers who work silently and with purpose, racing against the sunrise to stay ahead of the day’s first group of golfers. Golf courses across the country owe their manicured fairways, tightly mowed…

DREAMING of a Future

DREAMING of a Future

The final days of the lame duck Congress are upon us and Democrats are scrambling to pass significant legislation before ceding their power to an influx of conservative Republicans. The tax cut debate was settled last night, though many democrats were quick to voice their displeasure with the extension of tax breaks to the wealthy….

The Food on our Plates

The Food on our Plates

In the world of journalism, it’s well understood that timing is a great asset. Time the story right and it will often receive more attention. A poorly timed story will languish in the background of a world of information overload. With Thanksgiving, the end all holiday for food, upon us the Southern Poverty Law Center…

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

By now there isn’t much new to say about immigration reform. President Obama made his plan for comprehensive reform known today and, to no one’s surprise, Republicans for the most part slammed it. Claiming the reform package which, incidentally, is co sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, is nothing more than an attempt to legalize…

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Nothing drives me crazier than hypocrisy. Nothing makes me want to run into traffic more than a politician who blatantly flip flops on issues and then blames the “interpretation” or “the media” for “misinterpreting” remarks. Folks, when a politician introduces and/or supports legislation, the bill works it’s way through congress. It’s pretty hard to “misinterpret”…

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

My Time with US/Mexico Border Rancher Robert Maupin

(All Images © Todd Bigelow. Registered with the US Copyright Office. Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents. Copyright compliance measures are used and enforced to prevent unauthorized use.) The Los Angeles Times profiled a US/Mexico border rancher today on the top of the front page….

1200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

1200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

President Obama put immigration back on the front burner by announcing today that he’s sending 1200 National Guard troops to the US/Mexico border in an effort to stem drug and migrant smuggling. Coming weeks after Arizona forced the administration’s hand by implementing a racially charged law requiring all immigrants to carry papers proving they’re in…

Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing

I have had a couple of assignments in the past week that revolve around hate. Combined with the attempted car bombing in NY and the unabashedly strict new immigration law in Arizona, it makes me wonder how so much animosity can be so pervasive. Where does it all come from? Is it human nature to…