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American Immigration Council: The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States

For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. Read More >

MSNBC Some Police Departments Take Welcoming Approaches to Protests

By Zachary Roth – MSNBC

The ongoing rift between New York police officers and Mayor Bill de Blasion continues to roil the nation’s largest city. And nearly 1,000 miles away, last week saw more angry clashes between protesters and St. Louis police.

But away from the major hot-spots of tension, some police departments and law enforcement officials have more quietly taken a different approach. In Nashville, police have served protesters hot chocolate instead of arresting them. Pittsburgh’s police commissioner called for a dialogue on poverty and racial injustice. And in Richmond, California, the police chief even joined protesters on the barricades.

Telegraph Herald: Letter: Justice for Blacks, Does Not Deny Whites

FROM: SANDY HOCKENBERRY

I recently argued with my cousin about the events in Ferguson, Mo. She said I implied she was racist and claimed, “If you’re white, you’re wrong.” This letter is for every whiter person who feels polarized in a racially polarized debate. It doesn’t have to be that way.

When black people are protesting across America, they are not protesting against white people. Black communities are protesting systems of injustice and inequality. Responsibility isn’t that same as culpability.

Telegraph Herald: Saturday’s March Not a Protest, NAACP Organizer Says

BY ALICIA YAGER, TH STAFF WRITER

The Dubuque chapter of the NAACP aims to promote justice and equality issues Saturday with a peaceful march.

The walk from Jackson Park to Washington Square is not a protest, said Anthony Allen, President of the local chapter. Rather, he hopes the event will build connections in the community and allow residents to discuss issues affecting equality and justice in Dubuque and nationwide.