Migration Policy Institute. January 13, 2015.

The historic December 2014 agreement by President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba may herald revisions to immigration policy and create changes that affect the future migration of Cubans to the United States. [Note: contains copyrighted material]

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/normalization-relations-cuba-may-portend-changes-us-immigration-policy [HTML format]

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Migration Policy Institute. January 2015.

Since its launch in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has intertwined immigration policy and the education and training fields in an unprecedented way. Based on fieldwork in seven states, this report examines the ways in which local educational institutions, legal service providers, and immigrant youth advocates have responded to the first phase of DACA, as well as the program’s effects on students’ educational and career aspirations. [Note: contains copyrighted material]

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/lessons-local-level-dacas-implementation-and-impact-education-and-training-success [HTML format]

Center for American Progress. January 15, 2015.

Ocean warming and acidification, arguably the two most dramatic effects of climate change on oceanographic conditions, are already wreaking havoc on those who make their living from the sea. A survey of New England fishermen testifies to the real-life effects of climate change and ocean warming on their region’s most historic industry. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ConathanWater-report1.pdf [PDF format, 33 pages].

Congressional Research Service. January 8, 2015.

The Islamic State is a transnational Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group that has expanded its control over areas of parts of Iraq and Syria since 2013. It threatens the governments of both countries and potentially several other countries in the region. The emerging international response to the threat is multifaceted and includes coalition military strikes and assistance plans. There is debate over the degree to which the Islamic State organization might represent a direct terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland or to U.S. facilities and personnel in the region.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43612.pdf [PDF format, 41 pages].

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