State Dept. Gives Grants Back to Palestinian Students; Immigration Prosecutions Reach Record Levels

By The News Jun 02, 2008

Palestinian Students Granted Fulbrights Again After making a decision to withdraw the Fulbright scholarships for seven Palestinian students because of Israel’s ban on Palestinians’ leaving Gaza for study abroad, the U.S. State Department has reinstated the grants. New York Times. ICE Imprisons Immigrants At Record Numbers Federal law enforcement agencies have increased criminal prosecutions of immigration violators to record levels, in part by filing minor charges against virtually every person caught crossing the U.S./ Mexico border. Washington Post. Judges Uphold Voting Rights Act "A federal court yesterday rejected the first legal challenge to a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, in a case that legal scholars view as an important test of one of the country’s seminal pieces of civil rights legislation." Washington Post. Utah’s Undocumented Urged to Get Insured A new law that went into effect last month allows law enforcement officers to impound uninsured vehicles. Leaders of the state’s Latino community have waged a media campaign to get the message out to Utah’s undocumented residents. KCPW. Credit Crunch Reveals Economic Racial Divide The credit card crunch underscores the great racial divide that remains in the American economy. Around half of all white households with credit cards are indebted, but for black households the number is more than 80 percent, with Latino families close behind. Hartford Courant.