IU Maurer School of Law professors to discuss affirmative action case

“The court’s decision to hear the case raises the possibility of an end to the consideration of race in public university admissions decisions,” said Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law. “In 2003, a majority of the court said that its holding in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the inclusion of race as one among many factors to create a diverse student body, would last for 25 years. It appears that the end might be coming sooner than originally expected.”

Panelists include Maurer School of Law faculty members Johnsen, Jeannine Bell, Daniel Conkle and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer. Professor Kevin Brown will moderate the discussion.


IU Cinema to host ‘Cinema Maldito: On the Margins of Brazilian Cinema’ film series

The three films selected for the series represent a variety of styles and approaches, including low-budget horror with “This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse” (7 p.m. Feb. 23) and an incisive critique of the Brazilian ’60s with “Romance” (9:30 p.m. Feb. 24). The series also includes Rogerio Sganzerla’s “Red Light Bandit” (6:30 p.m. Feb. 24), the film that more than any other launched what became known as the Brazilian underground or “cinema marginal.”


IU kicks off Black History Month activities

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center also will be the location of IU’s 2012 Black History Month Celebration Kick-Off, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday.

Other events during the first week of the celebration are a reading by Nikky Finney, winner of the National Book Award; a musical concert; screenings of films in the “Black in Latin America” series; and a “Family Dinner at the NMBCC.”

IU’s African American Choral Ensemble will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the atrium of the IU School of Education, 201 N. Rose Ave.


Show tunes to Latino culture

Hola Bloomington is a news and public affairs show that features a weekly wrap-up of local news, a guest interview, information about local events and volunteer opportunities and short segments that vary by week. The show broadcasts live from 6 to 7 p.m. every Friday on FM channels 91.3 and 98.1 in Bloomington, 100.7 in Nashville, Ind., and 106.3 in Ellettsville, Ind.

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Public Wants Immigrants to Be Able to Stay

As the debate over immigration continues to roil the Republican presidential field, a substantial majority of Americans say they would prefer to allow some or all illegal immigrants to remain in the United States, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found.


When asked what should be done with the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, just 25 percent of those polled said that they should all be deported “no matter how long they have been in the U.S.”

Beardstown, Small Midwestern Meatpacking Town, Wrestles With Immigration Issue

“It used to be that something happened in Beardstown, and people would blame it on a Mexican,” Walters said. “But, if you look at the numbers, there’s really no difference in the rate of crimes between Hispanics and whites in our city. It’s just not the case.”

Researchers Mark Mather and Kevin Pollard of the Population Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan research organization, say that Latino immigration has helped revive the populations of small townssuch as Beardstown all across the Midwest and Great Plains. Between 2000 and 2006, the researchers found that total population in small towns and rural areas increased only by 3 percent, while Hispanic population grew by 22 percent. Since 1990, the Hispanic population in small towns and rural areas has more than doubled.


Obama administration asks courts to block parts of tough Alabama immigration law

Please go to cnn.com to read the whole story about the Obama adminstration’s attempts to prevent a “tough new immigration law” from being enacted in Alabama.

According to CNN, these are the story highlighlights:

-The Justice Department asks for an injunction from an appeals court
-The state of Alabama will have to respond in the coming days
-Some parts of the law were already blocked by a federal judge

Immigrants can save your community

The New York Times published an article yesterday dealing with this subject. I’ll post a long excerpt here but I highly recommend that you click through and read the whole thing (then go and read Caught in the Middle). How the Midwest and the Plains states accommodate or resist this immigration will be the defining feature of the next 50 years for these communities. The data is clear though; successful communities are ones that embrace immigrants.

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Use of and Contribution to Public Benefits

MYTH: Immigrants abuse public benefits.  American citizens are paying for their social well-being.



Fact: Undocumented immigrants DO pay taxes.  In 2007, unauthorized immigrants in Indiana paid roughly $255.9 million in taxes.  Additionally, authorized immigrants who were not U.S. citizens paid $901.7 million in taxes, and naturalized immigrants paid $1.2 billion in taxes.

-Source: Immigration Policy Center


Fact: If all unauthorized immigrants left Indiana, the state would lose $2.8 billion in economic activity, $1.3 billion in gross state product, and approximately 16,739 jobs, even after the market had time to readjust.

            -Source: The Perryman Group

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