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5 Diversity Items for June 20

American kids struggle to adjust to life in Mexico; Wisconsin couple who kept slave is deported to the Philippines and more.

American Kids Struggle to Adjust to Life in Mexico

A wave of deportations, along with tougher state laws and a sagging economy have created an exodus of Mexican parents who are leaving the country with their American sons and daughters, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million Mexicans, including about 300,000 children born in the United States moved to Mexico. Times examined the impact this migration is having on children and on Mexican schools who some say are ill-equipped to help students now living in what, to them, is a foreign country.

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Prosecutors Closed More Immigration Cases

The number of federal immigration cases closed by prosecutorial discretion rose in March, according to new numbers released on Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

As of May 31, a total of 4,505 cases were closed under a special program designed to reduce the backlog of matters pending in the nation’s immigration courts by identifying cases that could be dismissed or put on hold by prosecutors. According to the report, 2,609 cases had been closed at the end of March.

These cases closed by prosecutorial discretion involve people who have no criminal history and ties to their adoptive communities like school enrollment.

The 4,505 cases closed by the end of May represent 1.5 percent of the 298,173 cases pending in immigration courts as of the end of last September.

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Wisconsin Couple Who Kept Slave Deported to Philippines

A husband and wife from the Milwaukee area were ordered deported to the Philippines after serving six years in federal prison for keeping a Filipina domestic servant in their home as a “virtual slave” for nearly 20 years, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported on Friday.

The couple, both former doctors, were convicted in 2006 on charges related to the servant. They were sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution to the victim.

In 2010, a judge ordered them deported to their native Philippines once they had completed their prison sentence.

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Arizona Immigration Law: Police Likely Face Enforcement Catch-22

Police agencies that would enforce the most controversial element of Arizona’s immigration law, known as SB-1070, will likely face legal challenges from both sides if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the law, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

Opponents of the law are likely to sue police on allegations of racial profiling as they enforce the section of law that requires officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

Those who support the law may also sue, claiming that a police agency has broken the law if it restricts the enforcement of the law.

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Cuba Dips Toe Into Capitalist World of Advertising

For decades there have been no radio or TV commercials in Cuba. There have been no billboards either, but today as many Cubans have begun embracing Raul Castro’s limited free-market reforms, nascent entrepreneurs are getting the word out in creative ways, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

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