Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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The New York Times reports that the Obama administration will announce an overhaul to immigration detention centers across the country. Details are sketchy, but the plan will include a review of over 350 detention centers currently run by private companies and municipalities. It will also shutter Texas' T. Don Hutto Residential Center, which has been the subject of an ACLU civil rights suit. The Huffington Post adds that 23 federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials will be stationed at detention facilities across the country to monitor how illegal immigrants are housed and treated. One can only hope that the plan will standardize what is a patchwork system and prevent abuses like those committed by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio , who has detained illegal immigrants in tents in 100-plus-degree weather; reinstituted chain gangs; forced detainees to wear pink underwear; separated mothers from children; and created a task force charged solely with ferreting out illegal...


Today's New York Times’ "Room for Debate" forum asks Are Women Better Bosses than Men? Perhaps not unexpectedly, the responses are littered with stereotypes. According to Joanna Barsh, a McKinsey executive, "Women bring emotion to the workplace" and "are natural relationship-builders," while "men are risk-takers.” Susan Pinker, a pop psychologist who writes for Canada's Globe , chimes in with selected physiological evidence: Women are often better communicators because their brains are more networked for language. The majority of women are better at “mind-reading,” than most men; they can read the emotions written on people’s faces more quickly and easily, a talent jump-started by the vast swaths of neural real estate dedicated to processing emotions in the female brain. When discussing gender differences, this line of argumentation is common: Take what you think to be a social phenomenon and invent a biological or evolutionary backstory. It is by no...


Universities trying to boost their rankings often use merit-based scholarships -- awarded to students with high SAT scores, grades, etc. -- to entice students to enroll. The argument for this practice is that it improves the school's profile, the quality of its students, and need not take away from need-based financial aid. Supporters say need-based and merit-based aid can co-exist. But according to Inside Higher Ed , a new report shows that schools that begin offering merit-based aid see declines in the enrollment of blacks and recipients of Pell Grants, need-based grants provided by the government. Three to five years after colleges start offering merit aid, the percentage of Pell Grant recipients starts to drop at middle and top tier colleges (as measured by selectivity, using SAT scores as a proxy.) Six to 10 years after starting to offer merit aid, these colleges have seen their percentage of Pell Grant recipients drop by an average of five percentage points. ... In the immediate...