Study Finds Photo ID Laws Could Stifle Young Minority Turnout: Photo identification laws in several states could adversely affect the turnout of up to 700,000 eligible minority voters under the age of 30, according to a new study reported on by the Associated Press. The study found that a "disproportionate demobilization" would occur for young minorities in several states by rates of upwards of 9 to 25 percent.
Chances of Upward Mobility in U.S. Shrinking Faster than Ever: More Americans are stuck in the same economic classes, unable to move upwards, according to a new analysis as reported on by U.S. News & World Report. The lack of upward mobility in socioeconomic status is tanking the U.S.'s stats compared to other developed nations: the U.S. is now 13 out of 17 for economic mobility of young workers in developed countries, the report shows.
Driver's Licenses Doesn't Equal More Insured Drivers: Issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants has not reduced the number of uninsured drivers in New Mexico, Fox News Latino reports. The law was signed in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson as a means to reduce the high number of uninsured drivers, but analysis shows that uninsured drivers are more closely linked to poverty and unemployment rates rather than immigration status.
Upwards of 72K Young Immigrants Have Applied for Deferred Status: More than 72,000 young illegal immigrants have applied for two-year deportation deferrals under the Obama administration's new program that would temporarily suspend deportation for eligible youth in exchange for work permits, the New York Times reports. The figures are well below the administration's estimated 250,000 for the first month, but the current rate would put at least 200,000 applications in by the presidential election, according to the Times.
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