Top40 News for 07/30/2018

#13 For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students

LOWELL, Mass. — Three thousand high school students from across the United States recently trekked to a university sports arena here to attend an event with an impressive-sounding name: the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Many of their parents had spent $985 on tuition.

Months earlier, the teenagers had received letters, signed by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, congratulating them on being nominated for “a highly selective national program honoring academically superior high school students.”

The students all had good grades. But many of them were selected for the event because they had once filled out surveys that they believed would help them learn about colleges and college scholarships.

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Through their schools, many students in the audience had taken a college-planning questionnaire, called MyCollegeOptions. Others had taken surveys that came with the SAT or the PSAT, tests administered by the College Board. In filling out those surveys, the teenagers ended up signing away personal details that were later sold and shared with the future scientists event.

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#14 Lawsuit alleges migrant fathers were separated from children again after being reunited

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A court filing on Saturday night alleges at least four migrant fathers were separated from their children again after being reunited with them briefly this week.

The declaration, which was obtained by Mother Jones, was filed as part of the class-action lawsuit on behalf of migrant parents who wish to be reunited with their children. It alleges that the four fathers were given three "choices" when the government reunited them with their children: First, to be deported with their children; second, agree for the children to stay in the U.S. if the parent loses the immigration case; or third, to speak to a lawyer before making the decision.

The fathers are claiming the first option was already selected for them.

The allegation comes days after the government failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite families it separated at the southern border. The government reported that it has reunited 1,442 children ages 5 and older with their parents who were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and 378 have been "discharged in other appropriate circumstances," including to a sponsor or to their parents in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody.

But more than 2,500 children were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which resulted in the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Though President Trump last month signed an executive order ending the policy, the federal government has scrambled to reunite families separated during its enactment.

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#15 Nazi flag, anti-Semitic symbols spray painted at Indiana synagogue

Police in Carmel, Indiana launched an investigation after anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered spray painted on a synagogue Sunday morning.

A Nazi flag and other anti-Semitic symbols were painted on the Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.

"Sickened and appalled by the cowardly act of vandalism at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla," Pence tweeted, referring to the synagogue as "beautiful" and a place where he has "many good friends."

The vice president added that, "Those responsible must be held accountable. These vile acts of anti-Semitism must end."


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#16 Guatemalan immigrant is too poor to go home

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Members of a Guatemalan immigrant family who tried to illegally cross to the United States, arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City after being deported on July 10, 2018. - Members of 11 Guatemalan families, totalling 106 immigrants, were deported from the United States as US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is visiting Guatemala to hold talks with authorities of Mexico and countries of the North Triangle of Central America on the migration crisis unleashed by Washington's 'zero tolerance' policy. (Photo by Orlando ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)

At a time when many immigrants and refugees are trying to get into the United States, Claudia Calderon is too poor to leave.

Earlier this year, she and her husband left their native Guatemala separately and crossed the border, each with one of their sons.

Their journeys to America ended differently, but in many ways, both proved disastrous.

Traveling with her 2-month-old and no money, Calderon turned herself in to border authorities in Texas in March and made a claim for asylum. She was briefly detained, and then went to live at her in-laws' cramped Los Angeles apartment.

When she got there, she learned that her husband, Kristian Francisco Ovalle Hernandez, who was with their 3-year-old son, was arrested for trying to illegally cross the border in El Paso. The boy watched his father's arrest and was separated from him and placed in foster care in California. Ovalle Hernandez was deported. Now back with his mother, the boy still has nightmares from the trauma.

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