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Walter Ewing

How the President's Deferred Action Initiative Will Help the U.S. Economy

By Walter Ewing, Jun 29, 2012 2:26 PM

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President Obama’s June 15 “deferred action” announcement is good not only for the 1.4 million unauthorized children and young adults who have been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation, but also good for the U.S. economy. Each year, tens of thousands of unauthorized students graduate from primary or secondary school, often at the top of their classes. They have the drive and intelligence to become doctors, nurses, teachers, and entrepreneurs, but their lack of legal status has prevented them from attending college or working legally. The President’s deferred action initiative has finally provided them with an opportunity to live up to their full potential and, in the process, earn more, spend more, and pay more in taxes.

Eunice Cho

After DREAM Order, Fair Pay for Home Care Workers

By Eunice Cho, Jun 26, 2012 1:35 PM


Earlier this month, immigrant communities around the country celebrated President Obama’s announcement that undocumented immigrant youth would be granted relief from deportation and temporary work authorization.

John Oliver-Santiago

Support Gap in Kinship Care

By John Oliver-Santiago, Jun 18, 2012 4:10 PM

There are currently 2.7 million kids in the U.S. who are under kinship care. And according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this number has increased 18% from 2001 to 2010. There are many ways children can end up in kinship care including parental death, incarceration, abuse, or service in the military.

Ben Winograd

After 30 Years, Plyler v. Doe Decision Survives but Remains Under Attack

By Ben Winograd, Jun 15, 2012 12:30 PM

Thirty years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Plyler v. Doe, holding that states cannot deny a free public education to students for lack of valid immigration status. The decision has since opened the schoolhouse doors to untold numbers of children who might otherwise be deprived of a basic education. Yet today, the decision remains under continued attack from critics who—as part of an ongoing effort to put the issue back before the Justices—appear willing to sacrifice the welfare of U.S. citizens.

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