A digest of all the best: The Justice Department announces plans to sue an Arizona sheriff for civil-rights violations; a new study shows that your location does affect the likelihood of achieving the American Dream; and more.
Justice Department Will Sue Arizona Sheriff
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's refusal to use a court monitor in settlement negotiations has led the Justice Department to announce plans to sue him. Arpaio and his office in Maricopa County, Ariz., have been accused of racial profiling of Latinos, violating their civil rights as well as mishandling more than 400 sex-crimes investigations. Federal officials had been in talks with Arpaio to require his office to provide training on constitutional traffic stops and how to properly reach out to the Latino community.
Read more: Google/The Associated Press (5/10)
Study: Location Matters for Achieving the American Dream
Where you live could have a sizable effect on your economic mobility, according to a study by Pew Charitable Trusts. Using a state-by-state analysis, researchers found that living in states with higher educational attainment and a more fluid economy increased the likelihood that residents were able to move up on the economic ladder.
Read more: USA Today (5/10)
Report: Hispanics in Alabama Grew by 150 Percent Since 2000
The number of Hispanics living in Alabama has increased by 150 percent over the past decade, although the group still makes up less than 4 percent of the state's total population, according to a report by Auburn University at Montgomery's Center for Demographic Research. The research relies on from 2010 census data and does not account for the effects that the state's newly passed immigration law has had on the population.
Read more: Al.com (5/8)
Advocacy Groups Accuse Wake County Schools of Discriminating Against Latinos
Wake County, N.C., is under fire after two civil-rights groups threatened to sue the county's school system for allegedly discriminating against Spanish-speaking families. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Children's Services say that the county is violating the rights of students who have Spanish-speaking parents with limited English proficiency because the schools are not providing them with important information in their native language. Wake County school officials say that working with this group of parents has always been a priority; the school system employs 27 translators, the majority of whom speak Spanish.
Illegal-Immigrant Arrests by Border Patrol Have Fallen
A steep decline in the arrests of illegal immigrants by the Border Patrol has led the agency to announce new plans to use existing resources along the border. The strategy also includes plans to expand the charges that the Border Patrol can use against people who attempt to cross the border illegally. Since 2004, the agency has doubled in size and has invested billions of dollars in surveillance and fencing technology.
Read more: The Arizona Republic (5/8)
Puerto Rico Governor Wants Schools to Teach in English
Puerto Rico's governor announced a new initiative to require all public schools to teach in English by 2022 in an effort to encourage students to become fully bilingual. Less than 1 percent of the island's schools offer all-English courses; about 2 percent offer some English classes.
Read more: Google/The Associated Press (5/9)
This article is part of our Next America: Communities project, which is supported by a grant from Emerson Collective.