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Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal fight plays out in the courts. The Supreme Court, in a brief, unsigned order, said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from migrants who have traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being denied asylum in that country.

Bahamas Hurricane Survivors, Desperate for Respite, Seek Passage to U.S.

Destitute survivors of Hurricane Dorian who lost much of what they had to the powerful storm packed a government office in the Bahamas on Monday, desperate for a document that could be their ticket off the overwhelmed islands: a clean criminal record. But the rush to fill flights and ferries with storm survivors has raised questions about what immigration rules apply for Bahamians seeking refuge in the United States.

'My Papi Has a Motorcycle' Pays Loving Tribute to a California Childhood

In My Papi Has A Motorcyle, a little girl named Daisy Ramona waits for her dad to come home from work so they can ride around their city, Corona, Calif., on the back of his motorcycle. They pass a tortilla shop, a raspado shop, her grandparent's house, and her dad's construction site. The book is illustrated by Zeke Peña and written by Isabel Quintero. It's a love letter to the city, and her father.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor encourages kids to 'just ask' about differences, challenges

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said that the seed for what has become her latest children's book was planted the day a woman called her a drug addict. Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7, had gone to the bathroom of an upscale New York restaurant to give herself an insulin shot. She was in her 30s but hiding her diabetes. Another diner came in and saw her and later, as Sotomayor was leaving the restaurant, she heard the woman tell a companion: "She's a drug addict." Outraged, Sotomayor confronted her, explaining that the shot was medicine, not drugs: "If you don't know something, ask, don't assume," Sotomayor said. From that exchange comes the title of Sotomayor's latest book, "Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You," released Tuesday and intended for kids age 4 to 8.

Off to Harvard, Tarrytown Scholar Aids Immigrant Students and Their Families

Even be­fore she took her first class as a first-year stu­dent at Har­vard, Amy Cha­lan, whose family is from Ecuador, was giv­ing back to her home­town of Tar­ry­town and, in par­tic­u­lar, to the area's His­panic com­mu­nity—and with Har­vard's help. Dur­ing her sum­mer fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from The Hack­ley School, Cha­lan sup­ple­mented the work she had been do­ing for Hud­son Schol­ars, an aca­d­e­mic en­rich­ment pro­gram for area low-in­come, aca­d­e­m­i­cally promis­ing mid­dle school­ers, by start­ing a pro­gram for their par­ents.