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FBI and DHS conflicted about who is supposed to handle immigrant data.

Nov, 4 NextGov The Homeland Security Department and FBI apparently are at odds over which agency is responsible for the criminal records of illegal immigrants. House Republicans on Friday subpoenaed those records for evidence of possible public safety threats. Read the full article: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111104_6878.php

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Local Police Not Required to Detain Minor Offense Immigrants

Oct, 31 The Huffington Post Recently released Department of Homeland Security documents now state that local police can now use discretion when placing immigration holds. The documents could provide ammunition for jurisdictions that no longer want to participate in Secure Communities, which allows federal immigration authorities to use fingerprints to scan those arrested by local […]

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NIIC Stories of Detention & Deportation

Written by Daniel Merritt ’13   “ I spent the Prime of my Life defending the Constitution of the United States of America” “ I try not to say it too much, but that’s what I’m still doing today” – Rick Covington   One of the most inspiring moments at this past week’s National Immigrant […]

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American University Radio: Latinos Decry ‘Secure Communities’ In D.C

Secure Communities poses a problem for domestic abuse cases among undocumented immigrants. Washington D.C. Refuses to Participate in the program. Report By: Patrick Madden // October 11, 2011         source http://wamu.org/news/11/10/11/latinos_decry_secure_communities_in_dc

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Latino Access to Higher Education in the State of Washington

My research focuses on the financial barriers facing Latino college students in Washington. Increasingly, a college education is becoming a necessary requirement in achieving an adequate standard of living in a globalized and technology-based economy.  Latinos, however, are the most underrepresented minority group at college campuses across the state. I asked the following questions:  what economic […]

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The Political Representation of Latinos in Washington

This report examines the political representation of Latinos on the city council of Sunnyside, Washington. What is the impact of at-large elections and racially polarized voting upon the political representation of Washington’s largest minority population? Methods: This report began by collecting census data about Washington State’s Latino populations. By compiling election returns and voter lists the […]

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Community-Based Health Services For Poor And/Or Undocumented Latino Immigrants In Washington

My report explores the role that community-based health services play in reducing barriers to healthcare access facing poor and/or undocumented Latino immigrants. I examine how these programs could be expanded or improved to increase their effectiveness. I also pinpoint the steps that Washington can take to support these community-based programs and to foster conditions in […]

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The Larger Ecology of Latino Success in Secondary Education: Why Some Latino Students Are Beating The Odds

Latinos are the most educationally disadvantaged group in America. The Latino student population, however, is not a homogenous group in which all perform equally. This study examines why some Latino students succeed academically while others do not. By examining the factors proven to increase educational achievement among Latino students, educational policymakers and practitioners can better […]

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Washington State Alternative Schools and Their Impact on Latino Success

I examined Washington alternative schools to see how well they are meeting the needs of their Latino students as compared to conventional schools.  The goals of this inquiry were to find where laws and practices could be changed to better serve Latino students and to see whether conventional schools could benefit from adopting some of […]

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Call For A School-Based Preventative Approach To Domestic Violence Among Latinos In Washington State

This report examines approaches to reducing domestic violence against Latino youth in Washington State. Unique socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances affecting Latinos perpetuate a high rate of domestic violence that increases with subsequent generations born in the United States. These factors also restrict Latinos’ access to resources, which impedes incident reporting. Domestic violence programs have […]

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