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Employers escape sanctions, while undocumented risk lives & prosecution

Over a 12-month period ending in March, only 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers and only three received any jail time. Companies prosecuted for undocumented employees: zero.... Read more»0

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A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America. Lawyers and feds are scrambling to unravel the truth from kids fleeing Central America.... Read more»0

Activists: Stop giving military hardware to school cops

More than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter September 15 to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving U.S. school police departments anti-mine vehicles, military-grade firearms like M16s, and even grenade launchers.... Read more»0

MALDEF challenges Texas town's ban on housing border kids

Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. League City's ordinance cites concerns of diseases, Islamic terrorism.... Read more»1

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare & legal help in rush to deport?

Child legal advocates are worried some Central American kids turning themselves in at the border could be returned to peril if Congress amends laws to speed up their repatriation to home countries. ... Read more»0

Obama announces program to aid minority youth

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.... Read more»0

New immigration bill provides ray of hope for separated families

The new immigration proposal now before the Senate could help thousands of American citizens whose families have been shattered or forced into exile because of deportation and tough immigration penalties Congress adopted in 1996.... Read more»0

New report highlights disproportionate school discipline for minorities

Researchers analyzing a trove of national school discipline data have found that as black, disabled and English-as-a-second language students enter middle and high schools, their school suspension rates start soaring – a serious predicator for dropping out. ... Read more»1

Criminologists' critique questions NRA task force school safety strategy

Just as a National Rifle Association task force unveiled its “National School Shield” report this week, a detailed critique from three criminologists termed the gun lobby’s push for enhanced school security “superficially simple.”... Read more»0

Researchers: Kids' mental health affected by deportation surge

An unprecedented surge in deportations in recent years has affected tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of American children. The traumatic experience of losing a parent for an entire childhood is certain to have a profound impact on the mental health of these U.S. citizen children, according to researchers.... Read more»0

Controversy over cops in schools flares anew

In post-Newtown America, those with power say they must act to prevent another massacre of innocents. The Obama administration wants stiffer gun control, and $150 million to help schools hire up to 1,000 more on-campus police or counselors, or purchase security technology.... Read more»0

Dramatic decline in youth incarceration; Az cuts jailed youth by 50%

The United States still leads the industrialized world in incarcerating young people, and ethnic-minority kids are still locked up more than whites. But there is good news: Since 1995, the rate at which states confine young people has been steadily dropping; Arizona cut the number of jailed youth in half.... Read more»0

Torn apart by immigration laws, families make case to Congress

Americans whose spouses have been exiled for years as a result of strict immigration penalties took their plight to Congress on Thursday, begging legislators to help them as lawmakers discuss overhauling immigration laws.... Read more»0

School reform groups question proposals for armed security

As the White House considers proposals to allocate federal money for armed guards in schools, prominent school-discipline reform groups have issued a report denouncing the idea as a misguided reaction to the Newtown school shooting.... Read more»0

Feds announce new rules for legalizing undocumented spouses

The Department of Homeland Security has announced new rules designed to make it easier for thousands of U.S. citizens to legalize undocumented spouses without risking years of separation first. ... Read more»0

Steve King

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

t every congressional Republican is joining the GOP rush to mend fences with Latino voters by embracing the pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Steve King of Iowa made it plain after the election that he doesn't approve of the chatter from his party's "establishment" on the issue.... Read more»2

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