Aswini Anburajan

Aswini Anburajan is a writer for Feet in 2 Worlds, an ethnic media reporting project supported by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.

Recent Articles

Deporting the Lowest-Level Offenders

Newly released records show how often immigration officials deport people for minor offenses.

Gilberto Vazquez Ovalles, 34, of Mexico, was at a police roadblock in north Georgia for driving without a license. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

Until May 2009, Jose Reyes was a small-business owner, a father, and a 19-year legal resident of the United States. But on May 13, 2009, Reyes ran afoul of the police, who arrested him after an argument with a man who had rear-ended his car. Charges against Reyes were dropped three days later, but Reyes wasn't free. "I asked the police, 'If the charges are dropped, why aren't you letting me go?'" he says.

The answer was that the arrest triggered deportation proceedings because Reyes had been convicted of marijuana possession 14 years before, long before the post-September 11 anti-immigration crackdown.

A Higher-Education Bubble?

Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal, is famous for predicting bubbles, first the Nasdaq crash in 2000 and next, the housing bubble in 2008. Now he argues that the next inflated market in the United States that's about to burst is education.

In an interview with TechCrunch he argues:

“A true bubble is when something is overvalued and intensely believed,” he says. “Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It’s like telling the world there’s no Santa Claus.”

All Grown Up

TNR's the Avenue blog has a strong post on how states and municipalities are taking their economic growth into their own hands. Bruce Katz, head of Brooking's Metro program, said at the conference:

“It strikes me that what we’re really describing here is the maturing of cities and metros, public and private [actors], civic players, university people, who are not waiting any more. They’re basically grown-up. We still have a system that’s almost the parent-child federal republic. Yet now the children are beginning to say `Wait a second, you know, if we really do drive the economy, what if we acted like it, and what if we started trying to steer, inform, reform policy.’”

Meg Whitman: An Object Lesson for 2012

The Los Angeles Times has a piece on Meg Whitman changing her tune regarding immigration. Saying in an interview a few days back:

The immigration rhetoric the Republican Party uses is not helpful." What's more, she said Tuesday at a George W. Bush Institute conference, "we as a party are going to have to make some changes, how we think about immigration, and how we talk about immigration.

Gay Penguins Banned From Public Bookshelves

Well, Tapped readers, it looks like I just found my summer reading list. The American Library Association published its annual list of most banned books around the world and No. 1 is And Tango Makes Three. It's a true story about two male penguins adopting an egg, hatching it, and co-parenting.

In writing about why the book was banned most frequently the ALA writes: