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The Myth of Immigrants' Educational Attainment

Those who move to the United States tend to have higher socioeconomic standing in their native countries than what they settle for when they arrive.



  1. Higher Education
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    Measuring College (Un)affordability

    As many as 95 percent of schools are out of reach for low-income students.

  2. Economy
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    Why Black Families Struggle to Build Wealth

    It’s harder for African Americans to climb the economic ladder, and to sustain their progress.

  3. Higher Education
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    The University of Michigan’s Plan to Increase Diversity

    The administration has launched a multiyear racial and socioeconomic diversity plan, but a lot of students aren’t pleased.

  4. Criminal Justice
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    What Should the Feds Do About Bad Cops?

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the ousted top federal prosecutor for Chicago offered two different visions this week.

  5. Criminal Justice
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    A ‘Constitutional Crisis’ in Missouri

    In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, a group of defendants argued the state’s public-defender system is too underfunded and overworked to meet the Sixth Amendment’s standards.

  6. Criminal Justice
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    Why Trump's Dismissal of Preet Bharara Matters

    The move revives questions about the independence of federal prosecutors from political interference.

  7. Higher Education
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    Training Students to Outpace Automation

    Schools near Detroit have reworked curriculum to include both technical and soft skills.

  8. Higher Education
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    Why Sports and Elite Academics Do Not Mix

    The athletic programs at highly selective institutions are out of sync with the schools' missions.

  9. Higher Education
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    A Tale of Two Betsy DeVoses

    The generous Grand Rapids resident and the tone-deaf Trump official

  10. Criminal Justice
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    Customs Agents' Unreasonable Demand

    Why the immigration authorities ID search of a domestic flight at JFK is on weak legal ground.

  11. Higher Education
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    The New College Protest

    What happened at Middlebury last week marks a shift in campus activism.

  12. Higher Education
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    Why American Universities Need Immigrants

    For decades, the United States has welcomed and benefitted from international scholars—but President Trump's travel ban puts that legacy at risk.

  13. Criminal Justice
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    The Trump Administration's Dramatic Narrowing of Its Travel Ban

    A new executive order issued on Monday tightens the scope of the controversial policy, excluding those who already hold valid visas.

  14. Higher Education
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    Conversations With College Students on a Politically Divided Campus

    At Central Michigan University, a group of college students from across the political spectrum meets every week to talk through their differences.

  15. Criminal Justice
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    Rethinking Mass Incarceration in America

    A new book challenges the popular understanding of how the U.S. prison population skyrocketed.

  16. Higher Education
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    Betsy DeVos's Misunderstood Alma Mater

    Calvin College is no fundamentalist Christian school.

  17. Criminal Justice
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    The New Legislation Targeting Protesters

    Republican lawmakers in more than a dozen states are mulling bills that target recent protesting tactics.

  18. Criminal Justice
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    'Some Toxins Can Be Deadly in Small Doses'

    The U.S. Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, overturns a death-penalty sentence after an expert witness testified the defendant was more likely to commit future crimes because he is black.

  19. Criminal Justice
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    Is the Southern Border a Constitution-Free Zone?

    The Supreme Court considers a case involving a youth on the Mexican side of the border killed by an American border patrol agent on the U.S. side.

  20. Criminal Justice
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    Trump Concedes Defeat on Travel Ban—for Now

    The Justice Department said Thursday it would issue a revised version of its controversial travel ban after federal judges blocked its implementation.