The SPLC and other civil rights groups are asking the Justice Department to investigate school districts where immigrant children were turned away because of their limited English proficiency, age or national origin.
A new SPLC report finds that many foreign students lured to the U.S. as part of a “cultural exchange program” are being deceived by recruiters and exploited by employers seeking cheap, vulnerable labor but offering few cultural opportunities.
There was a line in President Obama’s State of the Union address that particularly resonated with me: “Opportunity is who we are.” The question is whether we’ll provide that opportunity to the millions of immigrants who are living and working in the shadows in our country.
A ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds California’s ban on conversion therapy for minors, a discredited practice that claims to “cure” people of being gay, is another sign of the collapse of the conversion therapy industry.
The law is touted as a way to provide “school choice,” but in reality it discriminates against many impoverished families that don’t have the means to send children to distant public schools or expensive private academies.
Recent policy changes affecting student loans, coupled with the skyrocketing cost of attending college, are creating financial traps for the most vulnerable students and their families, leaving many students drowning in unmanageable debt even if they fail to get a degree, according to the latest issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Amid growing income and wealth disparity in our country, we should rededicate ourselves to Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of economic justice and to helping those who are falling through the cracks in society.