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Trump's Pardon of Arpaio Fits a Pattern: A Divider, Not a Uniter

-- by Dan Balz for The Washington Post:

President Trump has set his presidency on an unambiguous course for which there could be no reversal. He has chosen to be a divider, not a uniter, no matter how many words to the contrary he reads off a teleprompter or from a prepared script. That’s one obvious message from Friday’s decision to issue a pardon for controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Helping an Early Supporter, Trump Pardons Arpaio

-- by Matt Schuman,

Donald Trump issued the first pardon of his presidency Friday night, absolving the 85-year-old former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of a conviction of criminal contempt of court.

A federal judge ruled in July that Arpaio had defied a court order to stop profiling Latinos for detention based solely on suspicions about their immigration status.

Trump Asked Sessions About Closing Case Against Arpaio, An Ally Since "Birtherism"

-- by Phillip Rucker and Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post:

As Joseph Arpaio’s federal case headed toward trial this past spring, President Trump wanted to act to help the former Arizona county sheriff who had become a campaign-trail companion and a partner in their crusade against illegal immigration.

New Snapshot of America's Changing Classrooms: Fewer White & Black Students; More Hispanics

-- by Maureen Downey, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

I wanted to share a new report released today from the National Center for Education Statistics, “Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups, 2017. ”

The Hidden Costs in the New Immigration Bills

-- by Danny Cevallos, CNN:

The House of Representatives has passed two bills, the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act" and "Kate's Law," which are both part of the strict immigration changes President Donald Trump promised during his campaign.

The Rise of the Florida Hispanic Electorate

-- by Steven Knorr,

According to Pew Research Center, in 1980 there were 14,775,080 Hispanics living in the United States, and by 2014, that figure had risen to 55,250,517. Florida has the third largest Hispanic population in the country, and with the population continuing to rise, how can we expect it to impact our state and local elections?

55 Million US Latinos Are The World's 7th-Biggest Economy

-- by Matthew Zeitlin, Buzzfeed News:

The economic output of the roughly 55 million Latinos in the United States would form the seventh-largest economy in the world, a new report shows, with a GDP of $2.1 trillion in 2015 — just behind France, but ahead of India.

If they were a US state, they'd have the country's second-largest economy, behind only California.

The Pentagon Promised Citizenship to Immigrants Who Served. Now It Might Help Deport Them

-- by Alex Horton, The Washington Post:

The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows.

"Dreamers" to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate is Unclear

-- by Michael D. Shear and Vivian Lee, The New York Times:

President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration on Thursday night.

WIthout Immigration Benefit, Now More Than 36,000 Cubans Have Deportation Orders

-- from The Associated Press:

Tens of thousands of Cubans living in the U.S. are adapting to a harsh new reality: After enjoying decades of favored status dating back to the Cold War, many of them now face the same deportation risks as any other immigrants.

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