ICE has used their 287(g) program to target immigration enforcement at the county level. This program authorizes local police officers to carry out federal immigration work to meet arrest and deportation quotas. This has eroded civil rights and led to the criminalization of minorities, particularly Latinos. While previous research has examined the theories behind local anti-immigration work and the social factors affecting anti-immigrant policy adoption more generally, no large-scale quantitative analyses have been conducted as to why some counties adopted 287(g) while others chose not to do so. Addressing this gap in the literature, the following study uses a newly gathered data set of all 287(g) agreements signed since 2002. …

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Das musste sich die deutsche Kanzlerin Angela Merkel beim 12. Integrationsgipfel der Bundesregierung an diesem 19. Oktober fragen. Die Arbeitsbedingungen sind derzeit für jeden schwer, doch es gibt weitere Sozialfaktoren, die die Migranten betreffen. Die Erlernen der Sprache wird jetzt darüber hinaus komplizierter durch die limitierten sozialen Interaktionen. Frau Merkel glaubt, dass es imperativ ist, gerade mit Bundesländern zusammen zu arbeiten. Solche Anstrengung soll dieses Differenzial weiterhinaus kleiner zu machen, laut die Zeit.¹ Merkel erläutert, dass “die Pandemie trifft uns unterschiedlich hart”.²

Swaantje Marten, aus der Frankfurter Allgemeinen, stimmt auch zu.³ Da stellt man sich die Frage, ob die Corona-Pandemie nicht die einzige Krise ist. Für Migranten gäbe es momentan eine Integrationskrise. …

I had been preparing for a few years for gaining access to the best graduate programs in sociology (MA & PhD in 6 years). I had reached the point of discussing my research with three Princeton professors — one of them being the leader in my research branch. They had admired my work and said that my research proposal was outstanding. For all I knew, I was set. These all-inclusive grad programs are fully funded and seemed great. When the pandemic started, Sociology programs started to announce they will not take any new students. Princeton was one of them.

I had to put that goal aside. The goal was very specific and wasn’t ‘by any means necessary.’ I would only want to commit the rest of my 20s for this diligent study, if it was with the right advisor, at the right research cluster, only available at a handful of top universities. When those few programs stopped accepting students, it was clear. I wanted to get started working. And doing so in international relations, immigration research centers, and in no specific order, earn a master’s in international relations. …

The citizens of the United States continue to suffer from loneliness at epidemic rates (Anon 2019). As a matter of fact, health insurer Cigna reports in their 2018 U.S. loneliness index 46% of Americans to suffer from this matter (Anon 2019). In their reports, Generation Z is by far the loneliest. As one considers these stunning facts, we begin to consider which activities are inviting of group experiences. Such experiences may be able to slow down the crippling increase of loneliness in the United States.

At first thought, one can think of coffee shops, churches, and so forth, but a place where Generation Z can be found part-taking is in nightlife. Night venues are inviting of a good time with friends or a place to make new friends. Several of these benefits of sharing a space and a celebration with other people are described in the concept of collective effervescence; a term originally coined by French sociologist Émile Durkheim. From a religious perspective, Durkheim explains how humans began to gather and find group experiences such as our modern-day night clubs. In this project, I go to night clubs in the city center of New Orleans to study whether collective effervescence and its benefits are present in the city’s nightlife scene. Done so, in hopes of explaining whether nightlife could be a fair proposal to increased shared experiences among locals to possibly being to work against this loneliness quasi-epidemic. …

The composition of this project provides a reflective analysis of an experienced-based service-learning case in the larger Hattiesburg area in Southern Mississippi. This case study — within the field of service-learning — considers the scholarship and history of literacy, and lack thereof, in the African American community as the basis of the theoretical framework. Much like the traditional Ghanaian concept of Sankofa, this project aims to do just that, recognize our past to build for a better future (Asante and Mazama 2007).

A belief much followed in the field of service-learning due to its reflective nature and awareness of the past. The project is the key part of a Black Studies course at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Service-Learning class; a requirement for the comprehensive Black Studies minor offered here at the university. The collaborative partnership for the service-learning experience was drawn between the university and its Center for Black Studies, with the Aldersgate Mission. This partnership is developed in hopes of aid their mission’s needs, establish true service from the students’ side, and revert back to the classroom to reflect on the service provided and relating it to the appropriate scholarship. …

One can easily overhear in daily conversations discussions on some of the main topics of inequality of education that often filter into popular culture; why do some students get to go to the elite colleges?, if only had I gone to a boarding school I could have attended too, among some of the phrases we may hear. In this nation, we, as a community, do have a general understanding of inequality in education as far as access, affordability, and outcomes go. Yet rarely do we question specific causes that may cause, and often perpetuate, inequality in academic performance and results. In this paper, I aim to give insight to some of the social forces that affect test score results and outline patterns we can recognize when we combine statistical educational data in relation to the literature of such scholarship. Much of the narrative of social policy experts and politicians is centered around improving our schools. While this is an important factor for student success and performance it is not the factor affecting test scores the most. Poor quality of schools and track placement certainly affect student’s performance but not as much as we thought it did. …

The precarious state of poverty in which the South was left after the Civil War caused many African Americans to move to the North, an area seemingly against slavery that had its moral ideals challenged when faced with fleeing southern African Americans looking to live among these local Northerners. This propelled Northern metropolitan cities with vast resources to be responsible for the worst cases of housing segregation against African Americans in contemporary America. …

Respectability politics has been a part of our society in the United States since the founding of this country. It is discussed by sociologists and you may have heard about respectability politics from word-of-mouth, but what exactly is it? The Encyclopædia Britannica defines the term as “the set of beliefs holding that conformity to socially acceptable or mainstream standards of appearance and behavior will protect a member of a marginalized or minority group from prejudices and systemic injustices.” This is problematic because of who dictates respectability politics and the sexist and racist double standards that stem from this. For minorities that feel underrepresented, being recognized as respectable is important. When the white and male majority get to dictate what is acceptable this becomes divisive and abusive. …

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Why do undergrads need a minimum of 12 credits?

“Undergraduate study at a college or university, certified by a school official to consist of at least twelve semester or quarter hours of instruction per academic … where all undergraduate students who are enrolled for a minimum of twelve semester [and] are considered full-time … as determined by the district director in the school approval process)” — 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(B).

Only up to 3 credits can be online to fulfill the 12-hour requirement

“For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class” — 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G). …

Hey international friends. Since I’ve been helping USM international students through my job for the past 2 years, I have decided to publish a post full of resources updated every day. Internationals students suffer immensely during this pandemic due to the lack of resources available to them. That is why I address many of these below!

[ARCHIVED: originally published on as an International student help campaign]

These include issues such as stimulus check, CPT / OPT, food, rides, essentials, rent payments, scholarships, laws, and immigration updates.

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Groceries and Rides

* USM Eagles Nest food pantry provides to-go bundles of free food and utilities for any USM faculty, staff, or student > ( …


Mario Marset

Researcher interested in immigration and data science; Trained as a sociologist with a quantitative background

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