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Educated Constituents Can Advocate Policies That Create More Opportunities And A Fairer Society

EC Senior Fellow Nancy Hubbell Biffar: What Krugman misses is the sad irony that a better-educated electorate is this country’s best hope for demanding a stronger, truly democratic system. Education is what equips us to take on the powerful interests that Krugman rightly holds responsible for driving the disastrous trends in inequality.

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Officials Warn Immigrants of Notario Fraud

Following President Obama’s announcement of major changes to United States immigration policy last month, officials across the country, including California Attorney General Kamala Harris, are calling on immigrants and their families to be cautious about “notarios” offering help with legal services. The new immigration rules have not been implemented, so therefore federal immigration authorities are not accepting any applications at this time. Using unauthorized immigration consultants could cost families unnecessary fees, could delay the application process, and possibly lead to removal proceedings.

You can find resources on the President’s immigration policy reforms and how individuals can prepare at the Administrative Relief Resource Center.

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The Dream is Now: Where are They Now?

Tonight, we learned 5 million more undocumented immigrants will be granted temporary reprieve, which will allow them to work freely and contribute to communities across the country.

We decided to catch up with the four remarkable DREAMers from The Dream is Now documentary. Jose, Erika, Ola and Alejandro received temporary status in 2012, and their stories demonstrate that if given the opportunity, immigrants are poised to make our country stronger—as teachers, doctors, members of the military, and advocates.

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A Majority of Parents Worried that Children Aren’t Being Prepared for Success, According to New Education Post Poll

Education Post, a new non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to building support for student-focused improvements in public education, released new polling that shows while public school parents and grandparents embrace their local schools and teachers, 73% are worried that their children aren’t being prepared to compete in the global economy.

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Ebola: The Time to Give is NOW

As we hear the grim news everyday about the rise in Ebola cases and deaths, we’re all left with an urgency to help. But how? EC’s Anne Marie Burgoyne says that the time is now to give money to the organizations who are working on the ground to battle the Ebola outbreak. Giving money will really matter to help their efforts to continue to slow the spread of this deadly virus, as well as to help people who are suffering.

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...these places that have very few immigrants are the most [unnerved] by their presence. But in the places that have long-settled immigrant populations--and, in particular, have large shares of the undocumented--these populations have become deeply interwoven into the fabric of the overall community.

University of Southern California Professor Manuel Pastor on state lawsuits challenging President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration.

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