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Legislators Urge Amending Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men


Five diversity items for July 9: Consequences of recession is hitting blacks at a higher rate and judges consider allowing illegal immigrants to practice law.


Consequences of Recession Hitting Blacks at a Higher Rate

The fallout from the subprime mortgage fiasco during the housing boom may be disproportionately affecting African-Americans, the Washington Post reports. Credit score ratings are plummeting faster and more severely for blacks than for white Americans, leading some civil-rights advocates to worry that the recession has ushered in a new era of economic segregation, according to the Post.

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Legislators Urge Amending Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men

A group of legislators led by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., have written a letter asking the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and reconsider a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay men in light of nationwide donation shortages. Gay men have been prohibited since the 1980s, when the AIDs epidemic was in full force, from giving blood. Blood donations were down 10 percent in June, CNN reports.

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Should Illegal Immigrants Be Allowed to Practice Law?

Illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have since graduated from law schools in the country are asking for the right to practice law, USA Today reports. Judges in several states are considering whether to allow such undocumented immigrants who pass their state bar to be considered for a license. Advocates say keeping them out of the system would be a waste of talent, while others say allowing immigrants who are violating laws to practice law would be illegitimate.

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Report: Unemployment Rate for Blacks Rises

The unemployment rate for African-Americans rose to 14.4 percent in June as the national rate for all Americans stayed steady at 8.2%, the Labor Department reported. The rate for black Americans rose from 13.6 percent in May, but is largely attributed to the rise of blacks looking for jobs--rather than job losses, CNNMoney reports.

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Report: Obama Administration Has Begun Halting Deportations of Illegal Immigrants

Administration officials said President Obama’s amnesty plan would not be implemented for 60 days, but Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says he has learned that officials have already begun granting temporary legal status to illegal immigrants. Immigration officials have also begun granting amnesty to some who have been here less than five years, despite the five-year criteria listed as part of President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s requirements, the Washington Times reports.

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