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News Round Up In-Brief
- An editorial in the New York Times argues that Hispanic families are more vulnerable in economic downturns due in part to US immigration policy.
- The editorial is based on a recent report released by the Pew Research Center documenting how the recession widened the wealth gap between white, black, and Hispanic households in the United States.
- The Obama administration is moving forward with the Secure Communities project despite opposition from some states such as New York and Massachusetts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security asserted that states cannot choose whether or not they will participate in the finger print sharing program. Read a recent AccessDenied post on Secure Communities.
- California passed its own version of the Dream Act which makes undocumented immigrants eligible for private college scholarships.
- The recent attack in Norway has prompted rethinking of some conservative parties’ positions on immigration in Europe and has also brought to the surface anger over immigration and multiculturalism.
- 25 African refugees recently died on the way to Lampedusa, a southern Italian island. This tragedy highlights the growing refugee crisis in the region as well as the risks of attempting to migrate.