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April 29, 2015 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

Obama administration seeking aid package to stem the tide of undocumented children

IMMIGRATION | The Obama administration is requesting a $1 billion aid package from Congress intended to help stop the flow of undocumented children to the United States, a trend that will continue to impact the Greater Washington region (WAMU, 4/28):

Over the next few months, more than 20,000 Central American youth are expected to be detained while crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. Both the short- and long-term solutions to the exodus will impact the metro D.C. region, which has one of the largest Central American immigrant communities in the country. That Central American community grew by at least 7,000 children last year and this year, and experts estimate that the metro D.C. region will absorb between 2,000 to 4,000 more.

“We spent about $2.3 billion dealing with all the unaccompanied minors coming to our border this year, says Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has traveled extensively in Central America. “If we spend more money in the region to help them improve their economy and their security situation, and we can dramatically reduce the number of kids who are coming to our country unaccompanied, we can actually save money.”

– Americans for the Arts interviews Gary Rahl of Booz Allen Hamilton about the company’s support for the arts, and specifically how its sponsorship of the DC Environmental Film Festival aligns with Booz Allen’s work in the energy and environment sectors. (ARTSblog, 4/28)

– Drawing on her presentation at last week’s Fundamentals of CSR workshop, longtime CSR professional Emily Rothberg reflects on what it’s really like to work in the corporate social responsibility department. (Emily Rothberg & Company, 4/28)

EDUCATION/EQUITY | A new report from Columbia University finds high rates of segregation by race and income among public preschools across the country, with low-income children more likely to be in lower quality programs. (WaPo, 4/29)

TRANSIT | Another day, another delayed transit project. This time, it’s the Silver Spring Transit Center. (WaPo, 4/28)

ENVIRONMENT | The headline for this is true: you really do use way more water than you realize. (CityLab, 4/28)

WRAG | The Washington AIDS Partnership is looking for its next program associate. Is it you? Check out the position description here.

How well do you know your art history? I got 10 out 16 right, and feel pretty good about that!

– Rebekah

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