From October 2013 to September 2015, US Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 102,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico at the US–Mexican border. An issue brief from the Migration Policy Institute details the scope of the situation, explains how the US immigration system is handling these cases, and documents the challenges these children face, often including recovery from trauma and gaps in formal education. The brief also notes how school districts serving unaccompanied minors have responded to the influx. Local school districts bear most of the cost of educating unaccompanied minors. The brief includes links to several federal programs that provide states and local education agencies with additional funds for the effort. It also highlights strategies affected school districts have used to serve these students. The report, Unaccompanied Child Migrants in U.S. Communities, Immigration Court, and Schools, is available to download, free of charge, on the Migration Policy Institute’s website.
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.
The American Library is a celebration of the diversity of the American population. Printed in gold on the spines of many of the books in the installation are the names of people who immigrated, or whose antecedents immigrated to the United States. On other books are the names of African Americans who relocated or whose parents relocated out of the American South during The Great Migration.
In 1968 three astronauts embarked on the Apollo 8 mission and witnessed Earth as it had never been seen before. The firstcolor photograph taken beyond Earth’s orbit was later titled Earthrise. An award-winning film from Global Oneness Project documents the story of this photograph. How does the Earthrise photograph provide a context for what it means to be a global citizen?