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Undocumented Immigrants Could Face Stiffer Penalties in Ariz.

Undocumented Immigrants Could Face Stiffer Penalties in Ariz.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature made its latest foray into the immigration debate on Wednesday by giving initial approval to stiffer penalties for immigrants who break the law while in the country illegally, forbidding judges from giving them any leniency in the courts.  Arizona passed a series of immigration crackdowns last decade that culminated […]

Election 2016: Citizenship Proof Needed in Ala., Kan. and Ga.

Election 2016: Citizenship Proof Needed in Ala., Kan. and Ga.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal elections official has decided — without public notice or review from his agency’s commissioners — that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship. The action by the new executive director of the U.S. Election […]

S.F. Homeless Advocates Hold Super Bowl Protest

S.F. Homeless Advocates Hold Super Bowl Protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of people protested Wednesday over what they say is the mayor of San Francisco’s plan to push homeless residents out of the scenic bay-front Embarcadero, where Super Bowl festivities are being held. Protesters were trying to set up tents next to Super Bowl City, pro football’s weeklong theme park near the famed […]

Poll: More White Americans Say Racism Should Be Confronted

Poll: More White Americans Say Racism Should Be Confronted

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More White Americans now share the view, long held by minorities, that racism is a national problem and should be confronted, according to an analysis of recent public opinion polling.  The review, compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Northeastern University School of Journalism, concludes that a majority of […]

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

It’s a quiet win for thousands of Alabamians seeking to rebuild their lives and provide for their families: Alabama is joining the majority of U.S. states by allowing people with a past felony drug conviction to receive SNAP food assistance and TANF financial assistance, as long as they are otherwise eligible. The effective starting date […]

HB 675, Covering Immigration in Fla., Passes in State House

HB 675, Covering Immigration in Fla., Passes in State House

A controversial bill in Florida requiring local police and governments to enforce federal immigration law passed the state House of Representatives on Feb. 3, prompting criticism from grassroots advocates who say it will create racial profiling. Lawmakers approved House Bill 675 by a vote of 80 to 38, according to the Florida Immigrant Coalition, which […]

Racial Reconciliation Is Needed in U.S., U.N. Group Says

Racial Reconciliation Is Needed in U.S., U.N. Group Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should consider reparations to African-American descendants of slavery, establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity, a United Nations working group said on Jan. 29.  The U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released its […]

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

After Gabriel Cardenas graduated from high school, he seemed on track to join America’s middle class. He worked at Google in Silicon Valley, enrolled in classes at San Jose’s Evergreen Valley College and took a second job. But seven years after graduation, Cardenas is no closer to a middle class that has been shrinking for […]

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