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Concerns about a potential humanitarian emergency were mounting in late July as people of Haitian descent began to be forced out of the Dominican Republic and into tent cities along the border with Haiti. • A decision by the Boy Scouts of America on July 27 to allow gay troop leaders and employees to serve at the national level does not affect local leadership decisions and permits religiously chartered troops to choose leaders whose values are consistent with those of the sponsoring faith. • Deploring an “illegal and un-American phenomenon,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations on July 31 called on the U.S. Department of Justice to address the growing number of businesses nationwide that have been declared a “Muslim-free zone.” • In an op-ed piece published on July 29 in The Daily News of New York, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan deplored anti-immigrant rhetoric emerging in the Republican presidential campaign, warning, “Nativism is alive, well—and apparently popular!”

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