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UC Berkeley’s legal immigration services need more lawyers

CAMPUS ISSUES: UC Berkeley’s only immigration attorney was put on leave. Now, the Undocumented Students Program lacks a permanent full-time attorney to handle student cases

The person responsible for securing the release of undocumented student Luis Mora from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, custody has just been placed on administrative leave, and no one seems to know why.
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Berkeley STILL hasn’t sanctioned homeless encampments. Why?

CITY AFFAIRS: Mayor Jesse Arreguín campaigned on helping the homeless community, but he has yet to live up to his campaign promises

When Jesse Arreguín was just a candidate in Berkeley’s 2016 mayoral election, his campaign revolved around fixing the housing and homelessness crises. But a year after being elected, Arreguín still hasn’t followed through on many of his promises to the homeless community.
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Berkeley schools need more teachers of color

CITY AFFAIRS: The Berkeley Unified School District must listen to community members’ pleas to improve racial diversity

Berkeley school district teachers mostly work with students of color — yet only one-third of the district’s teachers are people of color, according to data from the California Department of Education.
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‘Extra, extra’: Bay Area newspapers are suffering and need residents’ help

BAY AREA AFFAIRS: As more and more hedge funds are purchasing newspapers to make a quick buck, it’s on the community to help save local journalism

When faceless hedge funds take over local newspapers and impose drastic staffing cuts, employed reporters aren’t the only ones who suffer — the community does too. Without more active financial support for local publications, residents will be forced to see the quality of their news coverage decrease significantly.
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UC regents’ proposed tuition hike threatens students

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The UC Board of Regents and state government must stop using students as pawns in their fight over money

On Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents postponed voting on a controversial tuition hike until March and May for in-state and nonresident tuition, respectively. When the board reconvenes, the regents should end discussion about an increase once and for all and vote no.
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