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By refusing to hear a challenge to the California law that allows local high school graduates–regardless of their immigration status–to pay in-state tuition at local public universities, the U.S. Supreme Court avoided wading into the fires of the immigration debate in a way that riled up anti-immigration activists. A Los Angeles Times editorial, which praised the decision, outlined how getting rid of these kinds of laws could hurt state economies.

It wouldn’t just be bad for the students themselves, who bear no responsibility for their illegal status, the public also loses when it pays for a bright student’s education through high school but then does not allow that student to become a college-educated adult capable of contributing more fully to the economy and society. [Los Angeles Times]

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In New York City, a statue of Thomas Jefferson has graced the City Council chamber for 100 years. This week, the Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove it. "Jefferson embodies some of the most shameful parts of our country's history," explained Adrienne Adams, a councilwoman from Queens. Assemblyman Charles Barron went even further. Responding to a question about where the statue should go next, he was contemptuous: "I don't think it should go anywhere. I don't think it should exist."

When iconoclasts topple Jefferson, they seem to validate the argument advanced by defenders of Confederate monuments that there is no escape from the slippery slope. "First, they come for Nathan Bedford Forrest and then for Robert E. Lee. Where does it end? Is Jefferson next? Is George Washington?"

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