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U.N. to Confront United States on Persistent Racial Discrimination

Imagine the government taking away your two children in a hearing that lasts less than 60 seconds.
Madonna Pappan and her husband, members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, don’t have to imagine it, because it happened to them. And they’re not alone: An American Indian child in South Dakota is 11 times more likely to be sent to foster care than a non-Indian child.

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Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Eleven-year-old Luisa was too young to apply on her own for a visa to come from Guatemala to the United States where she hoped to be reunited with her mother. But since federal immigration authorities detained her last year in Texas, Luisa has learned that she is apparently not too young to act as her own lawyer as federal immigration officials move to deport her back to her native Guatemala.

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America Should Always Be a Refuge From Violence

This past weekend's Fourth of July holiday made me nostalgic for the Independence Day celebrations of my childhood.

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2014 Immigration Session Roundup

President Barack Obama kicked off 2014 with a strong statement of support for immigration reform, declaring, “It is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” In the months since the State of the Union Address, the frustrating stagnation in Congress has led many to become disheartened with the prospect of federal reform. Though a great deal of focus on immigration reform has been at the federal level, states have continued to make progress while the matter is considered by Congress

What the Bears’ Brandon Marshall’s Struggles With Mental Illness Teach Us About the Criminal Justice System

In a recent article in ESPN the Magazine, Chicago Bears All-Pro Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall admitted that in 2011 he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

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Investigating the Imaginary Thought Police

Earlier this year, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, abruptly abandoned a survey of Americans’ media information needs, which, despite its modest scope, would have provided crucial data for the FCC in its efforts to maintain viewpoint diversity in our increasingly concentrated media markets.

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8 Items That You Cannot Store in Self Storage for Your Health

We found this helpful article over at ezinearticles.com. It really seems to fit here. I edited it a bit, to fit with a Texas Health audience.

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Dear Privacy Board: It’s Us, the 95%

There are seven billion people in the world, and 95 percent of them live outside the United States. We know from dozens of revelations from the last year that few, if any, are immune from the watchful eyes of the National Security Agency.

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Radar Speed Signs, Machine Monitoring, and Chilling Effects

I’ve always found radar speed signs to be interesting indicators of our relationship with technology, and I think how we relate to these signs can tell us something about privacy and technology.

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CCA Continues to Cite Misleading Study It Funded

As an academic, it’s my job to be a skeptic. 
That’s why, when two researchers at Temple University published a study last year claiming that for-profit prison companies can save states lots of money, I wanted to know how they’d reached their conclusions. 
Well, the answer isn’t surprising: the for-profit prison industry paid for it.
And we’ve seen this type of play before.

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