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The Next America - Diversity in Brief 2012 / What You Missed

6 Diversity Items for June 26

June 26, 2012

How diverse American cities might still be segregated; Supreme Court ruling won't likely lead to state laws on illegal immigration and more.

The Slow Death of Segregation? Not So Fast.

Recent analysis of census data indicates that American cities are more integrated today than at any point over the past century, the Atlantic Cities reported on Monday. But that doesn’t mean we’re necessarily done desegregating or that we’ve done anything about economic segregation.

National statistics show that more blacks and whites now live side by side, but plenty of communities don’t reflect that. The number of multi-ethnic neighborhoods are up. And the once-prevalent all-white neighborhood is virtually nonexistent. But all-black neighborhoods are still out there, the Atlantic Cities reported.

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SCOTUS Ruling Isn't Likely to Lead to Wave of State Laws on Illegal Immigration

While the Supreme Court’s mixed ruling on Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law gave a big political boost to officials who supported it, the decision doesn't seem likely to open the door to a new wave of legislation to crack down on illegal immigration in other states, The New York Times reported on Monday.
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Arizona Ruling Creates More Uncertainty for Its Police Force

The Supreme Court’s complicated decision on Arizona’s immigration law leaves police officers with little clarity. They are now faced with treading the thin line between enforcing the controversial measure while steering clear of any accusations of racial profiling--a task that most aren’t excited to attempt.

"We're going to get sued if we do. We're going to get sued if we don't. That's a terrible position to put law-enforcement officers in," said Clarence Dupnik, sheriff for Pima County in southern Arizona.

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Small Texas Town Rental Ban Similar to Arizona Law. Will It Stand?

A years-long fight in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, to prevent illegal immigrants from renting in the city could be affected by the Supreme Court decision that struck down some of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, The Dallas Morning News reported on Monday.

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Arpaio to Univision: “Nothing Changes”

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Univision on Monday that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the “show me your papers, please” provision of S.B. 1070 ratified what his department has been doing since the law was signed in 2010. “We’ve been doing this anyway under state law, I am a supporter of 1070 but we’ve been enforcing the state illegal-immigration laws for several years, so nothing changes,” Arpaio said.

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Do Millennials Threaten Automakers’ Bottom Line?

Automakers have plenty to worry about: lingering unemployment, fast-rising overhead costs, and a possible economic contagion from Europe. But they’re also keeping a wary eye on Millennials and other young people, Market Watch reported on Tuesday.

Why? Because they care less about driving than previous generations, So much so that they’ve been dubbed “Generation N” for neutral about driving, according to an annual study by AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm. To complicate matters for the automakers, baby boomers have even fewer reasons to drive.

The result of these shifts? AlixPartners estimates there are 5 million fewer potential car buyers today than five years ago.

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