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Administration To Stop Deporting Younger Immigrants
Obama administration responded to years of pressure from immigrants
rights groups with an announcement that it will stop deportations
and begin granting work permits for some Dream Act-eligible
"They pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans
in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one:
on paper," President Barack Obama said of those young people
in a press conference announcing the policy change.
Some 800,000 people are expected to come forward to receive
deferred action from deportation
Court Rules on Arizona
Supreme Court delivered a split decision on Arizonas tough
2010 immigration law, upholding its most hotly debated provision
but blocking others on the grounds that they interfered with
the federal governments role in setting immigration policy.
court unanimously sustained the laws centerpiece, the
one critics have called its show me your papers
provision, though they left the door open to further challenges.
The provision requires state law enforcement officials to determine
the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if they
have reason to suspect that the individual might be in the country
Lawmakers Divided on the Role of the Federal Government in K-12
lawmakers in charge of overseeing the reauthorization of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) are deeply divided
on the right role for the federal government in K-12 education,
a split on display at a recent hearing on a pair of bills before
the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Measures, introduced
by the committee's chairman, U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.,
would significantly scale back the federal role in overseeing
K-12 policy, leaving nearly all accountability decisions up
to the states.
Bill 56: How the People of Alabama are Fighting Back Against
the Toughest Anti-Immigrant Law in the Country
Victor Palafox traces the unfolding of the increasing push back
against his state's immigration law. He states: "Here in
Alabama, we have been dealt the hardest hand in the nation,
and yet we continue to fight. We don't pray for easier lives;
we pray to be stronger people, and that is what we are and will
continue to be. These laws won't move us."
Department to Study ELLs with Disabilities
Challenges related to identifying English-language
learners who have disabilities and providing appropriate services
for them are about to become the subject of a U.S. Department
of Education "exploratory" study. The Education Department
has selected six school districts to focus on as case studies
in an effort to understand how educators figure out which ELLs
need special education services and how they go about delivering
those services to them. Using surveys and interviews, researchers
will gather information from each of the districts and use their
findings to plan a nationally representative study of ELLs with
Minority Babies are Now Majority in United States
Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik
the first time in U.S. history, most of the nation's babies
are members of minority groups, according to new census figures
that signal the dawn of an era in which whites no longer will
be in the majority. Population
estimates show that 50.4 percent of children younger than 1
last year were Hispanic, black, Asian American or in other minority
"This is a watershed moment," said Andrew Cherlin,
a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University who specializes in
family issues. "It shows us how multicultural we've become."
University Leaders Pen Immigration Letter
and national university presidents sent a letter to President
Barack Obama and congressional leaders Tuesday, calling for
an easier path to permanent resident status for foreign students.
The letter, signed by more than 100 university leaders from
across the country, comes in conjunction with a report released
by the bipartisan group Partnership for a New American Economy,
which details the importance of immigrant ingenuity to the economy.
Asian Immigrants To US Now Surpass Hispanics
the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has
surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal
immigration while American employers increase their demand for
expansive study by the Pew Research Center details what it describes
as "the rise of Asian-Americans," a highly diverse
and fast-growing group making up nearly 6 percent of the U.S.
population. Mostly foreign-born and naturalized citizens, their
numbers have been boosted by increases in visas granted to specialized
workers and to wealthy investors as the U.S. economy becomes
driven less by manufacturing and more by technology.