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The education levels of the estimated 44 million immigrants in the United States are on the rise, according to 2016 polling data from the Pew Research Center.

Why it matters: Immigrants are nearly just as likely to hold bachelor's and postgraduate degrees as U.S.-born citizens.

By the numbers: In 2016, 30% of immigrants 25 years and older hold bachelor's degrees or higher, while 31.6% of U.S. born citizens are likely to hold the same education. In 1980 only 15.7% of immigrants held a bachelor's degree or higher.

The big picture: Global education levels are on the rise, and high-skilled immigrant workers are moving to the United States through the government's H-1B visa and Optional Practical Training programs.

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Democrats sound alarm on mail-in votes

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Democrats are calling a last-minute audible on mail-in voting after last night's Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin.

Driving the news: Wisconsin Democrats and the Democratic secretary of state of Michigan are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes. They are warning that the USPS may not be able to deliver ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere sentenced to life in prison

Carts full of court documents related to the U.S. v. Keith Raniere case arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in May 2019. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court for sex trafficking among other crimes, the New York Times reports.

Catch up quick: Raniere was convicted last summer with sex trafficking, conspiracy, sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, forced labor and possession of child pornography. His so-called self-improvement workshops, which disguised rampant sexual abuse, were popular among Hollywood and business circles.