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Opportunity Still Has Racial Hue (Opinion)
Margaret Simms

Children are more likely to succeed if they have a stable home environment, adequate nutrition and the opportunity to get a good education. Unfortunately, nearly 50 years after the march on Washington, opportunity still has a racial dimension, argues Institute fellow Margaret Simms in this commentary for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Posted to Web: January 19, 2012Publication Date: January 19, 2012

Balance Child and Family Protection with Immigration Enforcement Goals, Study Recommends (Press Release)
Urban Institute

As Congress again tries to draft comprehensive immigration reform legislation, lawmakers should balance the protection of children and the integrity of their families with immigration law enforcement objectives, according to a new Urban Institute study. "Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement" takes a hard look at current immigration policies' impacts on children of unauthorized immigrants, a part of the immigration picture that has so far been left out of focus. The report chronicles the experiences of more than 100 children affected by six worksite raids or targeted arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Posted to Web: February 04, 2010Publication Date: February 02, 2010

Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement (Research Report)
Ajay Chaudry, Randolph Capps, Juan Pedroza, Rosa Maria Castaneda, Robert Santos, Molly M. Scott

This report examines the consequences of parental arrest, detention, and deportation on 190 children in 85 families in six locations, providing in-depth details on parent-child separations, economic hardships, and children's well-being. The contentious immigration debates around the country mostly revolve around illegal immigration. Less visible have been the 5.5 million children with unauthorized parents, almost three-quarters of whom are U.S.-born citizens. Over several years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intensified enforcement activities through large-scale worksite arrests, home arrests, and arrests by local law enforcement. The report provides recommendations for stakeholders to mitigate the harmful effects of immigration enforcement on children.

Posted to Web: February 02, 2010Publication Date: February 02, 2010

Now To Really Tackle Discrimination: The Government We Deserve (Series/The Government We Deserve)
C. Eugene Steuerle

Louisville is back in the news these days because its plan for integrating schools, like Seattle's, was overturned recently by the Supreme Court. However divided is opinion over this decision, it should force us to look more deeply into what a well-integrated society means and requires. Public debate should range far beyond the use of race as a factor in determining which kids can go to which schools.

Posted to Web: July 10, 2007Publication Date: July 10, 2007

Adoption and Foster Care by Lesbian and Gay Parents in the United States (Research Report)
Gary Gates, Lee M.V. Badgett, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Kate Chambers

Discussion and debate about adoption and foster care by gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) parents occurs frequently among policymakers, social service agencies, and social workers. Three states currently restrict GLB people from adopting and more are considering similar policies. This report provides new information on GLB adoption and foster care from several government data sources. It offers a demographic portrait of the estimated 65,500 adopted children and 14,100 foster children living with gay and lesbian parents. It also assesses the costs to child welfare systems of proposed bans on allowing GLB people to foster.

Posted to Web: March 27, 2007Publication Date: March 23, 2007

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in the District of Columbia (Research Report)
Peter A. Tatian, Barika X. Williams, Kenneth Temkin

This report, prepared for the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, reviews the state of fair housing in Washington, D.C., identifies impediments to fair housing choice for District residents, and recommends specific actions to remove or reduce those impediments. Based on data analysis and discussions with key informants, the report finds that participants in the city's real estate market are not always aware of, or do not always comply with, fair housing laws. Targeted, direct action and outreach are needed to ensure that the District of Columbia’s housing market is fair to all.

Posted to Web: December 13, 2006Publication Date:

Something Borrowed, Something (Black and) Blue (Commentary)
Laudan Y. Aron

In this commentary, senior research associate Laudan Aron explores the dark side of a booming business -- matching American men with foreign women -- and what should be done to protect "mail-order brides."

Posted to Web: July 25, 2006Publication Date: July 25, 2006

Testimony at the Meeting of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Testimony)
Harry Holzer

Racial discrimination clearly persists in the labor market, though it is more powerful against some groups of minorities than others. While employer discrimination occurs less frequently than in earlier generations, its direct and indirect effects likely remain important. A range of approaches might be useful in reducing hiring discrimination, though the cost-effectiveness of each is not really known right now.

Posted to Web: April 19, 2006Publication Date: April 19, 2006

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