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Stephen Dinan

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Students walk through a gate at Harvard University, Thursday, June 29, 2023, in Cambridge, Mass. In the wake of a Supreme Court decision that removes race from the admissions process, colleges are coming under renewed pressure to put an end to legacy preferences, the practice of favoring applicants with family ties to alumni. At Harvard, which released years of records as part of the lawsuit that ended up before the Supreme Court, legacy students were eight times more likely to be admitted, and nearly 70% were White, researchers found. (AP Photo/Michael Casey) **FILE**

Harvard’s legacy admissions policy helps White students, but is it illegal?

America's colleges are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a new federal Education Department investigation into Harvard University's admissions policy for "legacy" students, wondering whether the time has come to do away with a policy that seems to chiefly benefit White students. Published August 17, 2023

Migrants wave as a bus leaves to take them to a refugee center outside Union Station in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Chicago officials say 75 immigrants have arrived in the city on buses from Texas, as part of an aggressive border policy by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office confirmed that the migrants arrived Wednesday night and that the city has welcomed them and will make sure they receive shelter and food. (Anthony Vazquez /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Texas ships 30,000th migrant to blue-state sanctuary cities

Texas has now bused more than 30,000 migrants from its state to sanctuary cities across the country, Gov. Greg Abbott announced, taking a victory lap on what has been the most effective GOP public relations effort against President Biden's border policies. Published August 11, 2023

Migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico approach the site where workers are assembling large buoys to be used as a border barrier along the banks of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, Tuesday, July 11, 2023. The floating barrier is being deployed in an effort to block migrants from entering Texas from Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DHS eyes more generous work permits for unauthorized migrants

The Department of Homeland Security has drafted a proposal that would allow some unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. to hold jobs for up to five years, more than twice the current limit, according to documents seen by The Washington Times. Published August 10, 2023

A sign outside the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, on May 4, 2021. The IRS plans to test-drive a new electronic free-file tax return system next year. Supporters and critics of the idea are mobilizing to sway the public and Congress over whether the government should set up a program to help people file their taxes without needing to pay somebody else to figure out what they owe. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

IRS skimps on audits of high-dollar partnerships

The IRS barely audits taxpayers that file as large partnerships, and it bungles the selection process for those that it does audit by failing to pick the returns likeliest to be in arrears, Congress' chief watchdog reported. Published July 28, 2023