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Many Latinos answer call of the Border Patrol in the age of Trump

By | April 23rd, 2018|Employment & Housing, Immigration|

Piled into a white van driving along the United States-Mexico border, the young men and one woman beheld the wall and weighed just how easily it could be conquered.

Isaac Antonio did not seem impressed.

“That’s easily climbable,” the 20-year-old declared.

Their chaperon, a Border Patrol agent, called out from behind the wheel: “Good luck, bro! I’m sure

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Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class

By | April 23rd, 2018|Employment & Housing|

OKLAHOMA CITY — The anxiety and seething anger that followed the disappearance of middle-income jobs in factory towns has helped reshape the American political map and topple longstanding policies on tariffs and immigration.

But globalization and automation aren’t the only forces responsible for the loss of those

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Racial bias in campus discipline: When will universities look in the mirror?

By | April 23rd, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

A new federal analysis of data on how students are disciplined in K-12 schools found that black children were far more likely than their white peers to suffer consequences for their actions in 2013-14, and the report noted that “implicit base” may be a cause.

Such K-12 data is routinely collected and analyzed

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Charges Sought in Eric Garner’s Death, but Justice Officials Have Doubts

By | April 20th, 2018|Police & Community|

WASHINGTON — Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charges against a New York police officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, three current and former officials said, but top Justice Department officials have expressed strong reservations about whether to move forward with a case they say may not be winnable.

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A Marriage Used to Prevent Deportation. Not Anymore.

By | April 19th, 2018|Immigration|

They had shown the immigration officer their proof — the eight years of Facebook photos, their 5-year-old son’s birth certificate, the letters from relatives and friends affirming their commitment — and now they were so close, Karah de Oliveira thought, so nearly a normal couple.

Thirteen years after

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Flawed Judgment in Use of Force Against Students?

By | April 19th, 2018|Education, Police & Community|

During a Harvard University student’s arrest by Cambridge police for running down a street naked last week, he was tackled and punched repeatedly in the stomach, an act the institution’s president and other local officials deemed “disturbing.”

It’s one in a series of incidents over the last seven months in which the public

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Study: Violent Behaviors, Weapon Carrying Down Among Black Youth

By | April 19th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

Violent behaviors and weapon carrying have decreased among African-American adolescents, but homicide rates continue to rise, according to a new report from Ball State University.

“Violent Behaviors, Weapon Carrying, and Firearm Homicide Trends in African American Adolescents, 2001–2015” is the first study to assess violent behaviors in African-American youth over an extended period, the university said.

“In

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Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

By | April 19th, 2018|Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer.

He thought nothing of it when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were

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ICE enforcement ends in death of farmworkers, leaving anger and questions

By | April 19th, 2018|Immigration, Intergroup Relations|

Celestino Hilario Garcia, his eyes bloodshot and his voice raw, struggled to explain that his brother’s and sister-in-law’s deaths were not his fault.

A month ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had trained their sights on Santos Hilario Garcia. In the early morning darkness, they followed in two black Jeeps as he and his wife, Marcelina

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