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By Lyndsey Layton For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation states that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible... Read more
Tags: Children, Education, United States
In his recent statement about a new wave of deportations, Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, argues that despite the pain that deportations cause, "we must enforce the law... At all times, we endeavor to do this consistent with American values, and basic principles of decency, fairness, and humanity." As scholars of immigration, we are compelled to respond to both the logical fallacies... Read more
Tags: Deportation, undocumented immigrants, United States
Guardian investigation into consequences of Obama’s migration crackdown reveals US deportees have been murdered shortly after return to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, with study saying as many as 83 killed since 2014. The US government is deporting undocumented immigrants back to Central America to face the imminent threat of violence, with several individuals being murdered just days or... Read more
Tags: Deportation, Law Enforcement Violence, United States
LatinaLista — The world understands why the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. are streaming into Western Europe in numbers described as "unprecedented in its sheer scale since the end of World War II." Thanks to the hundreds of reporters on the ground filing daily media reports of the violence happening in those countries, the world sees firsthand the bombed-out buildings, the... Read more
Tags: Gender Violence, Latin America, Refugees
By Max Rivlin-Nadler At the beginning of this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a number of raids on the homes of Central American immigrants, targeting families and unaccompanied children in particular. These families, many of whom fled worsening violence in their countries and entered the United States less than two years ago, had been given a final order of removal by... Read more
Tags: Children's Rights, Deportation, United States
Jenn M. Jackson There were always two events while growing up that reminded me that blackness was an invisible thing to most White people. The first was the weird ways they addressed me during Black History Month like I was somehow uniquely qualified to comment on the celebratory period. The second was the annual reinvention of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each January in observance of his... Read more
Tags: Black Lives Matter, Non-violence, United States
by Danielle Shapiro SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—“Over the years, destiny tore us apart,” wrote Xiomara Esther Diaz, an inmate at Quetzaltepeque, one of El Salvador’s most notorious gang prisons for members of the 18th Street gang. “A dozen hawks surrounded my house searching for something to hunt…minutes later, ‘pum, pum, pum,’ the door breaks down.” As it turns out, the hawks were hunting... Read more
Tags: El Salvador, Latin America, Prisons
By Anthony Williams After months of research, conversations with the University of California and steady pressure from the Afrikan Black Coalition against the UC’s complicity in the prison industrial complex, ABC confirms that the UC has begun selling all their shares in private prisons. This victory follows an initial November press release from the Afrikan Black Coalition announcing the... Read more
Tags: Prisons, Students, United States
The media frenzy over the women fighting ISIL is bizarre, myopic, orientalist and cheapens an import. A young Kurdish woman called "Rehana" has garnered a great deal of media attention over the past few days, after reports emerged claiming that she had killed more than a hundred ISIL fighters - single-handedly. A picture of the smiling beauty, wearing combat gear and toting a rifle, is still... Read more
Tags: Syria, War, Middle East

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