2. Ann Ross is a forensic anthropologist (yes, like you’ve seen on CSI) and she spends her day reading skulls. She and her colleagues invented a piece of software that compares digital scans of unidentified skulls to a database of other skulls. What comes back is eerily specific

    The secret language of skulls


  3. 50%-150%

    The potential increase in world economic activity from the free flow of workers across borders.

    How open immigration could double the global economy


  4. As Ellis Island reopens to the public after repairing the damage from Superstorm Sandy, here are some photos of the landmark before its transformation from an immigration hub to a historical attraction.

    When Ellis Island went silent


  5. The full version of our new cover, out tomorrow. 


  6. You know the handheld shooters used to launch T-shirts into crowds at basketball games? Apparently, they can be used in other, very illegal ways.

    Last weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents found 33 cans holding 85 pounds of marijuana scattered across a field near Yuma, Arizona. After a little more nosing around, they also found an empty carbon dioxide tank. Their conclusion: Mexican drug smugglers are now using pneumatic cannons — essentially larger cousins of the devices used in sports arenas — to shoot their wares at least 500 feet into the U.S.

    The can-shooting cannons are also suspiciously similar to ones built on the TV show Mythbustersanother possible inspiration.

    Keep reading

    PHOTO: David McNew/Getty Image

    (Source: theweek.com)


  7. "That’s it, I’m moving to Canada." So goes the liberal response every time the Democratic candidate loses a presidential election. The prospect of four years of Republican rule makes America’s northerly neighbor — where everyone has health care, gay marriage is legal, financial regulations are strict, and the death penalty is abolished — seem like a sanctuary of progressive values. 

    But, can you really move to Canada if your candidate loses?

    (Source: theweek.com)


  8. Cartoon of the day — Who’s the boss
    BOB ENGLEHART © 2012 Cagle Cartoons

    (Source: theweek.com)


  9. 77 percent of Americans think all citizens should be able to pass the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test.

    35 percent of voting-age Americans would fail to answer more than half the questions correctly — and thus fail the test.

    98 percent of immigrants seeking citizenship pass the civics portion of the exam.

    Mind the civics gap


  10. The GOP’s plummeting Latino support: Even though President Obama dominated the Latino vote in 2008, walloping John McCain 67 percent to 31 percent, this year’s crop of Republicans aren’t deterred, and have long hoped to make gains with Latinos, especially as Obama is plagued by his tough deportation policy and failure to deliver on a campaign promise of immigration reform.

    And yet, in a bid to win over the anti-immigration conservatives who vote heavily in GOP primaries, the party’s presidential candidates have staked out hardline positions that could turn off Latino voters in November. Frontrunner Mitt Romney went so far as to suggest that Arizona’s controversial immigration law should go national. Polls suggest that these far-right messages are driving Latino voters back into Obama’s arms. 


  11. Net migration to the U.S. border is nearly zero, as fewer Mexicans make the trip north and many who have crossed the border return to Mexico. And the U.S. Border Patrol arrested only 304,755 people trying to cross into the Southwest without papers in the 11 months that ended in August, down from a peak of 1.6 million in 2000. What’s behind the dramatic change?


  12. yahoonews:

    Even more Hispanic students were absent from schools Monday following a federal judge’s decision to let the state’s tough new immigration law go into effect on Thursday.

    Malissa Valdes, a spokeswoman for Alabama’s education department, told The Lookout that total absences among Hispanic…


  13. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had a big week, arresting nearly 3,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records in a nationwide operation called “Cross Check.” The crackdown is the largest such sweep yet. Here’s a look at who ICE rounded up, by the numbers:

    11 million
    Estimated number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

    1 million
    Number of those believed to have criminal records

    Number of arrests in the ICE sweep

    Number of arrestees who had already been ordered to leave the U.S. but hadn’t

    Number of arrestees who had already been deported several times

    Maximum penalty, in years, for illegally re-entering the U.S.

    Many more numbers here