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The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

  • 5 Things You Missed in Music Business News

    by Money Maka

    Things are constantly changing in the landscape of the music industry and it’s important to stay on top of trends and news updates, especially as an independent artist. We’ve got you covered with a weekly recap of the top stories you need to know.

    Timbaland & Jay-Z Hit with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

    According to the legal team of soul musician Ernie Hines, Jay-Z and Timbaland sampled bits and pieces of Hines’s 1969 track “Help Me” in their 1998 song “Paper Chase.”  It’s been stated that neither Jay-Z nor Timbaland reached out to Hines’s team to clear the sample. Let’s see how this plays out!

    Travis Scott Donating Merch Sales From Concert to Planned Parenthood

    During his Hangout Festival performance, Travis Scott announced that he would be donating all profits from his festival merch sales to Planned Parenthood amidst the recent wave of anti-abortion bills being proposed and/or signed into law by individual states. Pure love!

    Brooklyn Acapella Group Suing UMG, WMG, and More over 48 Years of Unpaid Royalties

    The Persuasions, an acapella group out of Brooklyn, are alleging that they haven’t been paid royalties for over 48 years and are due millions of dollars in payment. The Persuasions and their legal team claim the group never saw a penny from streams or album sales between 1971 to present-time.

    Sony Music Creating Easy Way To Collect Royalties

    Sony plans to make major upgrades to its Music Artist Portal which it uses to track royalties and receive payments. As stated in a long email from the entertainment company, starting this fall Sony Music will release new features allowing artists/musicians to see and cash out earnings faster.

    Whitney Houston Estate Planning Hologram Tour & New Album

    Primary Wave Music Publishing recently partnered with Whitney Houston’s estate in planning a hologram tour to remind everyone about her legacy of being America’s sweetheart. Primary Wave’s deal entitles them to 50% of Whitney’s estate which gives them 50% of her royalties from film, music and merchandising.
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  • Feeling Uneasy as My Graduation Approaches

    by Emiliano

    My high school graduation is just days away. While I’m more than excited to be done with this chapter of my life, I’m getting nervous about the changes ahead.

    School is the same year after year. The same set schedule everyday. The same core classes. The same sandwiches and burritos served in the cafeteria.

    I’m in the process of college registration — and there’s a multitude of choices. Sometimes I’m stuck. Is this is the right class for me? Wait, what’s the difference between English 121 and English 132?

    Whereas high school presented a narrowly outlined path, college exhibits a series of personal decisions.

    I begin to wonder if I’m on the right track. It’s not like high school where I just pick a couple electives. I start to worry that I’m making mistakes already.

    But when I look at the big picture, all those small decisions don’t seem so consequential. I become less nervous about making mistakes, and more excited about what awaits me next.

    Graduating high school is more than leaving a campus. It’s moving on from a structured plan someone else created for me to defining my own path.
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  • This Week’s Rotation: 5 Albums You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

    by Yared Gebru

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             As summer inches closer, the quest for the best summer album begins. Whether you’re into indie and the beautiful golden sunsets or the gritty nightscape that experimental noise rap creates, there are summer albums for everyone. As someone that enjoys a balance and variance in style, a diverse slate of projects is refreshing to hear. From Megan Thee Stallion to Santi these albums are sure to become part of your summer soundtrack.

    Injury Reserve – “Injury Reserve”

    The experimental Arizona-based trio has finally delivered their self-titled debut album, “Injury Reserve.” The album is intense and loud in all the best ways. There’s some standout guest verses from JPEGMAFIA and Rico Nasty. Throughout the album, lead rappers Steppa Groggs and Ritchie with a T effortlessly spit clever bars. Steppa Groggs raps “Twitter feeds don’t feed my daughter” on “Wax On.” While Injury Reserve is reminiscent of The Cool Kids, their production is crafted differently, it’s almost reminiscent of early Cool Kids or Pac Div. Both Steppa Groggs and Richie with a T riff off each other with a whimsical flow, because of this Injury Reserve is something you want to listen too as soon as possible.

    Highlight Tracks:  “Wax On,” “Best Spot in the House,” “New Hawaii”

    Duckwrth – “THE FALLING MAN”

    On his latest project, “THE FALLING MAN,” Duckwrth finds a balance between raging and the soft melodies. It is a dramatic shift in style and sound from his previous projects, but for all the right reasons. “THE FALLING MAN” is a testament to how versatile Duckwrth is. Duckwrth’s various emotions create a tense atmosphere that is extremely refreshing to hear. Duckwrth’s latest is bold, original and tense. The passion that stems from his punk rock roots is present throughout every track. If you’re just now tuning in, check out the short film named after the EP “THE FALLING MAN” that complements the project so well.

    Highlight Tracks:  “NOBODY FALLS,” “SALLIE MAE,” “BOW”

    Tyler, the Creator – “Igor” 

    The album begins with “IGOR’S THEME,” a song that contains a heavy synth. The synth mimics an extreme static buzz sound that leads into an intense bass that is maintained throughout the album. With “IGOR,” Tyler showcases heavy themes of vulnerability within relationships, lyrics about love and confusion juxtapose the intensity of the melodies. Tyler uses synths in a way that sounds similar to his older music; staying true to himself. Still, he incorporates new sounds like extremely heavy basslines to showcase different melodies. Tyler shows us how his vulnerability and his creative flow has transformed in the last two years.  

    Highlight Tracks: “I DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE,” “I THINK,” “EARFQUAKE”

    Santi – “Mandy & the Jungle”

    Santi keeps things interesting with his sophomore album “Mandy & The Jungle.” The album is light and airy while maintaining faint tones of Afrobeat and dancehall throughout the project. Exploring the realms of love and melancholy in his lyrics, Santi delves into the universal phases that come along with heartbreak. The melodies are consistently soulful in the way that they correspond to the meaning behind his words. The soul in this album shows his vulnerability and the importance of his emotional growth as a result of love.

    Highlight Tracks: “Raining Outside,” “Morocco,” “Freaky”

    Megan Thee Stallion – “Fever”

    Amid the wave of intense female rappers that are rising to mainstream success is Houston’s own, Megan Thee Stallion. Megan Thee Stallion maintains her powerful, fiery persona in her new album “Fever.” From the first song, she is more aggressive in both the production and lyrics than she was in her previous album, “Tina Snow.” The use of constant quick, heavy bass is an indicator of Megan’s intense energy as a rapper. The difference between the two albums almost suggests her comfort in her own skin as an artist. She spews confidence in her lyrics like “They put that check in my hand, now I’m killin’ ’em” on her song “Realer.” From the beginning to the end, the album is fast-paced and never loses its momentum.

    Highlight Tracks: “Realer” “Sex Talk” “Hood Rat Shit”
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  • Women on the Rise: 7 Acts We’re Excited About

    by Yared Gebru

    When it comes to the music industry, women are capable of making an incredible impact despite the field being male-dominated. It shouldn’t be a surprise though, women are taught from a young age that there’s a glass ceiling we have to break. It could also just be a result that happens when we disregard the crabs-in-a-barrel mentality. Whatever the reason, I just know there’s a certain power that comes from women uplifting other women. That’s why I love keeping a look out for upcoming female acts to listen to and support.

    For this list, it was essential to represent women who define what it means to be multidimensional in the modern age: no matter what you look like or where you come from, you don’t have to be restricted to one type of voice. Here’s my pick of seven more women that should be on everyone’s watch list.

    Megan Thee Stallion

    If you’ve been on the lookout for what’s happening in music, you’ve might’ve heard the name Megan Thee Stallion. The Houston rapper quickly rose to prominence by posting videos of her rapping and freestyling on YouTube and Instagram. She became the first female rapper to sign to 300 Entertainment, an independent label with a roster that includes artists like Young Thug, Gunna, and Tee Grizzley. When she’s not making music, she’s studying health administration at Texas State University and has been vocal about not being boxed into a persona based on the music she makes — that she and women alike can be intelligent and still embrace their sexuality the same way that men do. Due to her already being compared to iconic female rappers like Trina and Lil’ Kim, and with her debut album “Fever” in the works, it’s safe to say she’s one of 2019’s top artists to watch.


    Lizzo has been making a name for herself in both hip hop and pop for some time now, with her zealous and energetic funk-filled music putting her in a lane of her own that’s trending towards becoming a standout star. Early in her career, Lizzo helped form an R&B girl group called The Chalice, where they garnered local success. Eventually, she began pursuing music on her own and released her debut album “Lizzobangers” in 2013, later that year Time Magazine named her an artist to watch. While her music is fun and easy to dance to, she also advocates for body positivity and self-love, making diversity the focus of her music. Recently,  she’s performed at Coachella, completed an international tour, and released her third album “Cuz I Love You” where it’s been met with shining reviews.

    Kiana Ledé

    Hailing from Phoenix, AZ, R&B singer Kiana Ledé first rose to popularity as an actress, playing Zoe Vaughn on the second season of MTV’s “Scream” in 2016. But her start in the entertainment industry began long before then. When she was 14, she won a national talent search by American Idol’s Season 8 winner Kris Allen, with the prize including a recording contract with RCA Records. After her cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” received over 40 million views on YouTube, the CEO of Republic Records flew her out to NYC and signed her later that day. She’s currently touring internationally and her most recent EP Selfless, released in 2018, received widespread praise and attention online.


    Melii started making waves in 2017 when her bilingual cover of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” went viral, and since then she’s been working hard to show the world she’s a star in her own right. Although she’s always had an interest in arts and poetry, she initially got into rap when she was nine years old, after her cousin played her “College Boy” by J. Cole. What sets Melii apart from other young female rappers is that she’s also a singer-songwriter and combines both singing and rapping in her music, as well as using her Dominican culture and her Harlem upbringing as a source of influence. Recently, she’s toured with Meek Mill, signed with Interscope Records, and released her debut album “phAses,” establishing her as a promising artist to watch out for.

    Kelsey Lu

    At 27 years old, Kelsey Lu is a cellist from Charlotte, NC. She has already used her talents to work with artists such as Solange, Florence + The Machine, and Kelela. Now she’s making a name for herself as a singer-songwriter. Her music can be described as spellbinding and mesmerizing neo-soul with infectious pop undertones. Lu’s uniqueness demonstrates itself in her art, her debut EP “Church,” which was recorded all in one take, inside of a Catholic Church. She’s currently signed with Columbia Records and recently released her debut album “Blood.”

    Joy Crookes

    Believe it or not, South London’s Jay Crooke’s is only 20 years old but her voice and music showcase a dignified maturity I haven’t seen from an emerging artist in a long time. Her sound is reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, with her sophisticated, rich timbre and cheeky songwriting effortlessly captivating listeners. Like most artists from the digital age, she began posting YouTube videos of her and her friends covering songs. In Jay Crooke’s music, she writes about relationships, self-reliance, her culture, and identity, being half Bangladeshi and half Irish. She’s also vocal about her activism on both social media and her songs, touching upon topics such as Brexit, xenophobia, and feminism.

    Amber Mark

    Amber Mark had an interesting upbringing, as a youth she traveled all over the world, first becoming aware of her passion for singing while in Berlin. A self-taught guitarist, it wasn’t until 2013 that Amber started writing her own music as an outlet to help her with her mother’s passing. Most of her work is self-written, recorded, and produced in her bedroom, and, in 2016, her single “Way Back” quickly accumulated five million streams, climbing the charts on both Apple and Spotify.

    Check out the playlist below from the women carving their place in the music industry.

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  • The Student Debt Crisis Beyond Morehouse

    by Shawn Wen

    How do almost 400 students accumulate around $40 million worth of debt? On Sunday, billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced that he would pay off the student debt of Morehouse College’s graduating seniors at a reported price tag of $40 million.

    Forty million dollars equates to $100,000 of debt per student. Not all of this debt is held by students and not all of it is from tuition, experts say. “It also includes debt that their parents have taken on for their education,” said Mark Huelsman, the associate director of policy and research at Demos, a think tank focused on racial and economic justice.

    The federal government caps the annual amount of federal money undergraduate students can borrow at $12,500. That equates to $50,000 for a four-year degree.

    But many colleges, Morehouse included, charge an annual tuition greater than $12,500. Students who don’t receive enough financial aid at these colleges often must take out additional debt in their parents’ name. “Usually, the students are on the hook for paying it off,” Huelsman said.

    On average, graduating seniors who have borrowed money to finance their education leave college with $28,650 of debt.

    Student debt levels in this country have been rising for years, and a variety of factors have played into the increase. Tuition at public universities is rising as more and more states pull money out of their public college systems. With seventy-three percent of students at public universities, these cuts affect the majority of the student population.

    Beyond rising tuition, “student debt is a function of the cost of living increasing tremendously across the country,” Huelsman said.

    The changing demographics of today’s student population also contribute to the debt crisis. A 2014 study found that approximately one in four undergraduate students have a child they are raising. “This simply wasn’t the case some decades ago,” Huelsman said.

    Black students incur a higher amount of student debt than white students, and they’ve defaulted on their student loans at seven times the rate of white students.

    “Black students in this country who make it to college are less likely to have parents, grandparents or saving funds that can bail them out,” Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change, told YR Media. “The history of wealth accumulation in this country has been based on rules. Everything from who could own homes to where they could own homes to what type of jobs people could have — at every stage, generationally, black people have had a harder time accumulating wealth.”

    That’s part of what makes Smith’s gift to Morehouse’s 2019 graduates so special. It’s sending some 400 black men who would typically be disproportionately weighed down by college debt into the world without it. “I had so much joy for those men who had that surprise on a day that was already really exciting for them,” Robinson said.

    The gift will have “both short-term and long-term effects on their lives,” Soncia Coleman, a senior director at Young Invincibles, predicts. She thinks it may encourage some of them to pursue graduate school and allow some to take an initially lower paying job or start their own business. In the long-term, it will make buying a house easier and paying for their kids’ education less burdensome, she believes.

    Despite the incredible ramifications of Smith’s gift for Morehouse seniors, many experts are emphasizing that charity alone is not the solution to America’s student debt crisis. “We need to figure out a comprehensive plan for how we can provide an affordable pathway for low-income students and students of color to receive a four-year degree,” Rachel Fishman, deputy director for higher education research at New America, said.

    “State governments have disinvested from public colleges and universities for a few decades now, and we need to reverse those trends,” Huelsman said.

    Robinson predicts these changes may come sooner than many think. “We are heading into a phase where people in their 40s and their 50s are still paying off debt,” he said. “I think that as the debt crisis expands and more people are impacted, it will become a greater issue for our elected officials.”
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  • Video: Protest Erupts in New Orleans over Expected Abortion Ban

    by Chaz H

    Abortion rights supporters protested Louisiana’s expected “heartbeat” bill. Pregnant women as early as six weeks could be refused an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected with no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Critics have pointed out that many women don’t even know they’re pregnant at this point. If the bill passes, Louisiana will be the ninth state this year to limit or outlaw abortion.
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  • A Tribute for Howard Gardner’s Retirement

    by Admin

    Howard Gardner is officially retiring from his teaching duties at the Harvard Graduate School of Education the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, although he will continue to be a research professor and carry on with his current projects.
    To mark the occasion, HGSE has released a tribute in his honor by two of his colleagues. In a short essay, Mindy Kornhaber, a former student of Gardner’s, provides an overview of Howard’s accomplishments and contributions, concluding that “Howard’s legacy of extraordinarily good work will continue around the world and far into the future.” Mara Krechevsky of Project Zero contributed a well-crafted and humorous limerick celebrating Gardner’s scholarly career as well.
    To read both and other highlights of Gardner’s career, click here.

  • How To: Support Your Fellow Creatives

    by Noah

    Don’t you hate a “let-me-slide-in-for-the-F,” or a “let-me-get-a-verse-for-free,” type of person? These freeloading, transactional types annoy the hell out of creatives because they only hit them up whenever they want something, but don’t show love and support for the movement the artist is building. Please don’t be that person. Now, if for some reason, you are this type of person, I’m here to help you out.

    You must understand that artists put a ton of time, energy and resources into perfecting their crafts, so if you want to truly support — make sure you show an understanding for that part of the game. I’ve created a mini guide on how to properly support your fellow artists/creatives in ways that won’t turn people off and will help you build genuine relationships. You just have to follow these guidelines and wait for your time to shine because artists do notice these types of real supporters.

    Be an Active Social Media Supporter

    An easy follow, like, comment or re-post shows a lot of support to an artist. It only takes one second and shows that you’re paying attention. If you think about it, the average person is on their phone for about three hours a day, so you literally have no excuses to not show love to your fellow artists. At the end of the day, it’s the small things that go a long way so if your only supporting when it’s convenient for you — people are definitely going to notice.

    Don’t Be Cheap

    Keep in mind that up-and-coming artists put a lot of time and money into their craft. The last thing you should be asking an artist, producer or entrepreneur is for ANYTHING for free, just because. Especially if you’re not one of his or her Day Ones. Don’t be that person who only hits them up when they have a show or event that you want to attend for the F. Buy a ticket and show love! Pulling up to a show knowing you could have gotten in for free, but still bought a ticket anyways, shows real support. The artist probably has 100+ people hitting their phone to get in for free, which shouldn’t be what they’re focusing on. Their first priority should be their show and not accommodating you. Show real support and it will always come back around.

    Dealing with Clout

    It can be true that once an artist gets a little taste of clout they can turn into a d***head. However, that may not always be the case so try not to jump to conclusions. If you feel like someone that you’ve known for a while who is gaining some new success is changing or isn’t as present in your life — try and be patient and look at the bigger picture. They could have a lot going on and are preoccupied with responsibilities that come from building up their artistry. Just because you don’t speak to someone as frequently as you’re used to doesn’t mean they don’t FWU anymore. They might just be focused on getting their career to a solid place and grinding. Once artists pop off they tend to go through a lot of changes with money, relationships, and overall life shifts. Stardom can drive an artist out of their mind. As a friend and part of someone’s support system — it is your job to keep them on track and focused. Everyone needs to know they have real supportive people on their team. Offer ways you can contribute to their cause and likely they’ll return the favor when the time is right. Keep your mind on the prize and not the bullsh*t.

    Be Open to Collaboration

    If you are a fellow artist, collaborations can be a great opportunity to build on a relationship. But make sure you’re approaching it in the correct way. Don’t be the person who thinks you’re the s**t and everything needs to happen on your terms. Use collaborations as an opportunity to make genuine connections with other artists and be open to how they work too. You never know where a partnership can lead!

    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    Whether it’s buying merch, downloading/streaming their record, or buying tickets to their events — buy whatever your homies are selling to help build their brand. Showing up to a show and buying merch shows support as well as promotes his/her personal brand. The money raised from buying merch goes directly to the artists and their establishment. But the easiest way to put your homie on is to just slap their song — download it, stream it, keep it on repeat and run those numbers up. Slap their stuff at any party, kick-it spot, or in the car. If someone likes what their hearing, put them on! Tell them where they find his/her music.

    Now that I’ve given you all the insight, you have no excuse to not show real support to all the artists in your life. Take the game, move accordingly and be a real one.
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  • Rest in peace, Binyavanga Wainaina

    by Ethan

    Binyavanga Wainaina died last night in a hospital in Nairobi at the age of 48. We lost him far, far too soon, but Bin spent his brief time on earth remarkably well, and packed more insight and discovery into his time than many people who survive twice as long.

    Binyavanga Wainaina, photographed by Victor Dlamini for The JRB.
    Like many people, I learned of Binyavanga’s work first from his remarkable and cutting essay, “How to Write About Africa”, a compendium of clichés that infect a great deal of writing about Africa, especially writing by well-meaning, liberal white westerners like myself. We met in person at TED Africa in Arusha in June, 2007, where he gave a funny and rollicking speech that touched on the rapid changes Kenya was going through, and the need for an African literary scene not centered around London or New York. (TED recently released his talk from the archives – it’s a wonderful picture of his thinking and his passions at the time.)
    He and I found ourselves on the conference circuit together – searching around today, I found a video of us on a panel at PICNIC in the Netherlands in 2008. We got to know each other better that fall, when he came to Williams College – about ten miles from where I live – and was a scholar in residence for a year, and we met a few times for coffee and chats about politics. Looking back on his writing at that time, I can see his thinking move from the politics of the moment in Kenya to larger issues of the legacy of colonialism, the emergence of new pan-African identities, and the ways in which his own biography illustrated those themes. Writing in the Guardian, Helon Habila describes his autobiography, One Day I Will Write About This Place, as “subtle”, a coming of age story that helps explain how he became the brilliant and incisive commentator he was as a grown man.
    What Helon and other readers didn’t know was that Bin had left a key part out of that autobiography: his identity as a gay man. In 2014, he came out in a “missing chapter” from that book, a letter to his late mother titled “I am a homosexual, mum”. In it, he explains that it took him until he was 39 to self-identify as gay, and until he was 43 to come out publicly. His coming out was a deeply brave act, as homosexuality is not recognized under Kenyan law, sexual acts between men are a felony, and there are no legal protections against discrimination for gay citizens. Over the last few years, he’s been an extremely visible LGBT activist, using the combination of his ever-sharp wit and his increasing fabulousness to bring the issue of LGBT equality to new levels of prominence and visibility in Kenya. It’s a terrible irony of his death that the Kenyan high court is about to issue a ruling that may recognize rights for LGBT Kenyans.
    I sent Bin congratulations after his coming out, but the next exchanges I had with him were around his health, which took a sharp turn for the worse in 2015, with a series of strokes. Friends helped raise money for him to seek treatment in India, and he recovered well enough to tour and speak. Unfortunately, it was another stroke that felled him last night.
    I am reaching the age where I am starting to lose peers. Not lots of them yet, thank god, but enough that I have noticed a pattern. I search my email and look at what we talked about and when. With Binyavanga, it’s logistics: where might we meet up and when? There’s a long exchange about Kenyan musicians Just a Band and helping find them gigs at US colleges, thoughts on what US schools are good places to spend a semester as a writer.
    Today I realized that I am looking not just for memories, but for reassurance that I didn’t leave a last email unanswered. And while I’m glad that my last exchange with Binyavanga was one where he asked a question and I answered, I’m angry at myself that I hadn’t reached out in the last couple of years to ask him a question: how he was, what he was doing and thinking, his thoughts on the high court case.
    Binyavanga was an inspiration as a thoughtful, brave, colorful, provocative, passionate and wise man. His transformation into a fuller, happier version of himself as he became an avatar of queer Africa was remarkable to watch, and an inspiration to think about what transformations I want to make in my own life as a mostly het, cis-gendered, middle-aged white dude. I regret that I didn’t have a last chance to talk with Binyavanga, waiting as he rolled a cigarette, collected his thoughts and declaimed his truths.
    Rest in peace.
    Daily Active Kenya has a fine collection of photos and quotes from Binyavanga.

  • Trump’s New Immigration Plan Criticized by Advocates

    by Nancy Deville

    Immigration advocacy and legal groups are criticizing President Donald Trump’s latest plan that would increase border wall funding and decrease family-based migration.  

    His proposal, announced in the White House Rose Garden last week, consists of significant changes to America’s legal immigration system that would limit the number of visas given through family relationships or a random lottery and instead prioritize immigrants with high-level skills, degrees and job offers.  The administration said currently about 66 percent of green cards are given to those with family in the United States and 12 percent based on skills or merit.

    But under Trump’s plan, those selected on skill or merit would increase to 57 percent.

    “Under the senseless rules of the current system, we’re not able to give preference to a doctor, a researcher, a student who graduated number one in his class from the finest colleges in the world,” Trump said in his speech.

    While the proposal does not suggest there will be a reduction in the number of green cards awarded each year, it does seek to make English proficiency a requirement for the card. Right now, it’s only needed for citizenship. It’s a move that could “definitely change the racial makeup of who’s coming here,” said Peter Isbister, an attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Antonio Arellano, communications director at Jolt, a Texas-based Latino youth organization, called Trump’s proposed reforms “bigoted.”

    “We think that it is a race system in disguise,” Arellano said. “It is not appropriate for the nation that has been coined as the country of opportunity, immigrants, and freedom to be proposing or peddling this type of legislation that seeks to limit access to our country to the most vulnerable, like asylum seekers and refugees.”

    Trump’s new proposal also includes additional border wall funding and plans to decrease drug flow into the United States. Trump says there should be close to 400 miles of the wall built by the end of 2020.

    The president made no mention of DACA or any plans for the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and individuals who have received temporary protected status.

    As of now, Trump’s proposed reforms remain just that — proposals. No member of Congress has put forward legislation containing the president’s most recent announcement.  Democrats would be unlikely to support the changes, and it’s unclear whether the proposal would receive support from all Republican lawmakers.

    “There needs to be a serious pushback from both political parties,” Arellano said. “I think Republicans know better, and if they seek to retain power and influence, they cannot back something so divisive and something that will clearly paint them as an anti-immigrant party.”

    Many are suggesting Trump’s proposals, as outlined, won’t reach his desk in a bill anytime soon and that they’re a tool for his 2020 campaign.

    “I think he needs to run on it, and those like me who think it’s a pretty good idea will run on it, and when we win the election, he can claim a mandate and hopefully get something done,”  Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn told Bloomberg.

    But some immigration advocates are still concerned about the implications of the proposal, even if it doesn’t become law.

    “I worry about it creating a situation where Republicans believe we need to move to a merit-based system,” Isbister said. “I think that’s a dangerous place to be in particularly without any conversation about it because the family-based immigration system is so central to who we are as a country.”
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