Rights Groups File Suit Against Alabama Immigration Law
Alabama's anti-immigration law enacted in June the strictest
in the nation, civil rights groups are wanting to put a stop
to it. Among other provision the law requires public schools
to determine students' immigration status. It will go into
effect September 1, 2011.
Warns Schools Against Checking Immigration Status
officials issued a memorandum to the nations school
districts on Friday saying it was against the law for education
officials to seek information that might reveal the immigration
status of children applying for enrollment.
The memo states: The undocumented
or noncitizen status of a student (or his or her parent or
guardian) is irrelevant to that students entitlement
to an elementary and secondary public school education.
Lives for Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North
demographic and social changes in Mexico are suppressing illegal
immigration as much as the poor economy or legal crackdowns
in the United States. The
extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of
illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years
has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising
cause: unheralded changes in Mexico that have made staying
home more attractive.
secretary tells Congress: Change No Child Left Behind - or
Obama administration is raising the stakes for Congress to
act on reforming No Child Left Behind. If
Congress won't act to reauthorize and amend the act - officially
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - then the
administration will start addressing some of the act's flaws
itself, Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned Monday.
emphasized that he was still hopeful that Congress would act
to reauthorize the ESEA, since there is a great deal of bipartisan
agreement that the law is flawed and that certain changes
are needed. But he said if that doesn't happen, he would take
advantage of language in the original bill which gives him
authority to grant waivers.
has yet to provide details about which provisions he would
waive, but he would almost certainly address the requirement
that all students be proficient by 2014. He would also likely
give districts more flexibility in how they deal with failing
schools, as opposed to requiring that funds be spend on extra
tutoring or school-choice provisions, as the law currently
Democrats Reintroduce Dream Act
Senate Democrats are reintroducing a bill that would give
legal status to some illegal immigrants who came into the
United States as children.
Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, along with Senators
Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey,
said the Senate will revive the Dream Act, one of the few
signature pieces of Democratic legislation that failed during
the lame-duck session of the last Congress, when Democrats
controlled both chambers.
bill would provide legal status and a path to citizenship
to young people who were brought to the United States illegally
California lawmaker has reintroduced the SUCCEED (Strengthen
and Unite Communities with Civics Education & English
Development) Act that will help immigrant populations integrate
into American society by providing instruction in language
and civics skills. The
reintroduction of the bill was lauded by various Asian groups
which noted that it is particularly important for the Asian
one in four Asian American households is linguistically isolated,
meaning that everyone over the age of 14 speaks English less
than very well, Stewart Kwoh, president and executive
director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center stated.
The executive director of the Asian American Institute said
that the bill would allow immigrants to acquire the skills
and knowledge necessary to become fully active and engaged
members of American society.
Education Crisis Detailed In White House Report
report released Wednesday by the White House and the U.S.
Department of Education details the current crisis in Latino
education. While one in four American children is Latino,
according to the document, the demographic has "the lowest
education attainment levels" in the country.
fewer than half of such youths are enrolled in early learning
programs. Only half of the population earns a high school
diploma on time, and when those students do, they're half
as likely to be ready for college. As the report notes, only
13 percent of the population hold Bachelors degrees.
"There is no doubt that the future of the United States
is inextricably tied to the future of the Hispanic community,"
President Obama stated in the document, which ties the state
of Latino education to Obama's 2020 goal of having the country
lead the world in college graduates. As the report notes,
if the Latino population continues to lag behind in education,
that objective cannot be met.