-- by Pam Constable, The Washington Post:
For tens of thousands of immigrants across the United States with pending immigration cases or legal procedures, the federal government shutdown will put some urgent matters on hold and allow others of less importance to move ahead.
Petitions for political asylum and non-emergency deportation cases are among the matters that could be delayed for months if the shutdown lasts more than a few days, according to immigration lawyers and advocates.
Meanwhile, some services for U.S. citizens and legal residents, which are financed by customer fees, will continue to be provided. Court hearings or other procedures for any immigrant who is in federal custody will also continue on schedule, and the Board of Immigration Appeals will hear requests for emergency relief from deportation as well as appeals for detained immigrants, according to the Justice Department.
-- by Solange Uliwanna, Media Matters for America:
The National Hispanic Media Coalition, a media advocacy and civil rights organization, is calling on Fox News to apologize for a derogatory segment demonizing the children of undocumented immigrants as "Children of the Corn." In an open letter addressed to Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, NHMC president Alex Nogales called the segment "unacceptable," writing: "It is one thing for Fox News to routinely spread hate towards Latino and immigrant adults. It is quite another to demonize innocent children."
In a September 19 segment on Fox News' Special Report, guest host Chris Wallace discussed the findings from Los Angeles County officials that an "estimated 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid" in the county. The total aid is projected to cost about $650 million by year's end.
During the segment, several graphics bearing the image of a man appearing to vault over a border fence lined with barbed wire flashed on-screen. Text accompanying the graphic read "Children of the Corn" and "Alien Nation."
-- by John Benson, Voxxi:
Education is just like life: one must first walk before learning to run. That’s why proponents of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) are also promoting early learning and children’s literacy initiatives around the country.
-- by David Montgomery, The Washington Post:
The plug was hours away from being pulled on the U.S. government, but the hot new Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia was just plugging in, and actor Jimmy Smits figured that the Latino arts partyers at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel could set an example for political stalematers on Capitol Hill.
-- by Aiyana Baida, Voxxi:
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have cancelled their scheduled appearance at the 36th annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala due to the government shutdown.
The president was to address the large gathering of Latinos on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
-- by Emily Richmond, The Atlantic:
Why aren’t the best and brightest minority students landing at elite colleges? A new study suggests we’re asking the wrong question.
In his research on achievement by black males in higher education, University of Pennsylvania Prof. Shaun Harper--director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education--didn't try to answer why their college failure rate is so high. Instead, he set out to see what could be learned from the students who were succeeding. As a follow-up to that work, Harper has focused on young men poised to make the leap into higher education.
Harper and his team of research assistants recently interviewed 325 New York City high school students of color--just over half were black, and 43 percent were Latino. Roughly half the students came from single-parent homes, and close to three-quarters of them would be the first in their family to attend college. Most of them were from working class and low-income families.
-- by Wendy Cervantes, Roll Call:
Recent news suggests the House may fail to act this year on comprehensive immigration reform. As advocates for children, we urge House members on both sides of the aisle not to miss this opportunity to change a system that harms children every day.
-- from Fox News Latino:
The Justice Department sued the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new rules scaling back the period for early voting and imposing stringent voter identification requirements.
-- by Katie Connor, KNVX (ABC, Denver):
Many are upset the Spanish-version for the healthcare exchange won’t be ready for open enrollment which starts on Tuesday.
-- by Faye Flam, The Washington Post:
In 1972, a Las Vegas businessman named Len Frederick introduced a new kind of lunch to cash-strapped schools eager to see their cafeterias turn a profit. Instead of chicken or meatloaf, carrots and a carton of milk, students could eat hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries, and drink milkshakes or soda. All Frederick had to do to square his “combo meals” with national nutrition standards was fortify them with vitamins and add a sprinkle of wheat germ to the buns. Pickles counted as a required vegetable. ¶ As historian Susan Levine recounts in her 2008 book “School Lunch Politics,” Las Vegas students lined up eagerly for the new fast-food-style menu, and the schools made money. But in 1978, a food critic found that given the freedom to pick and choose, most children weren’t getting the technically nutritious combo — they ended up with a lunch more like “two cinnamon buns and a Coke . . . four sugar cookies and a Sprite, or two bags of French fries and a milk shake.”
In hindsight, it’s easy to see the Las Vegas innovation as a harbinger of today’s fast-food-saturated environment and the nation’s childhood obesity problem — now so severe that some doctors predict that today’s kids will be the first in two centuries to have a lower life expectancy than their parents.
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