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Texas Inmates Win Phone Privacy Victory, Legal Groups Say

Texas Inmates Win Phone Privacy Victory, Legal Groups Say

Jail inmates in Travis County, Texas have secured phone privacy rights with their attorneys in what advocates say is a first-of-its-kind legal settlement in the country, the Texas Civil Rights Project and other legal organizations reported on March 15.  The recent settlement requires officials and Securus Technologies, a vendor, to not record phone conversations involving […]

N.M. Families Win Six-Year Fight to Preserve Driving Privileges

N.M. Families Win Six-Year Fight to Preserve Driving Privileges

In New Mexico, immigrants won a long-running battle to keep driving this month, when policymakers enacted a new plan that allows adults who are documented and undocumented to continue applying for licenses. The New Mexico law also brings the state in line with federal regulations.  On March 8, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation […]

‘Driving Cards’ for Immigrants in N.M. Come Under Fire

‘Driving Cards’ for Immigrants in N.M. Come Under Fire

The New Mexico state House passed legislation on Jan. 27 that would require undocumented immigrants to apply for one-year driving cards, instead of drivers’ licenses, a move that critics charge as discriminatory.  In New Mexico, undocumented immigrants can apply for a state driver’s license. Under the legislation, however, more than 90,000 immigrants instead would have […]

Veterans’ Rights Program Launches to Help in South Texas

Veterans’ Rights Program Launches to Help in South Texas

Veterans and their families in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas who believe their civil rights might have been violated or need assistance navigating government bureaucracy will soon be able to receive free assistance from the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). The civil rights organization on Tuesday announced its latest office of its Veterans’ Rights […]

Poll: New Mexico Voters Back Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants

Poll: New Mexico Voters Back Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants

A majority of New Mexico voters support a bipartisan state bill approved in 2015 that backers say meets a federal requirement for state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, but does not discriminate against a person’s immigration status, according to a poll released on Monday.  The poll, conducted by Latino Decisions, also found that more […]

Residents: Driver’s License Policy in N.M. Shouldn’t Discriminate

Residents: Driver’s License Policy in N.M. Shouldn’t Discriminate

Families and residents in New Mexico need a driver’s license policy that doesn’t discriminate against a person’s immigration status but yet conforms with a federal law known as the REAL ID Act, grassroots advocates say.  Yet, state lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez have yet to strike an agreement, which is causing uncertainty for tens of […]

N.M. Families Win Change on Child Care Forms

N.M. Families Win Change on Child Care Forms

Parents won a simple but important change in New Mexico’s child care assistance program this month that could help survivors of domestic violence.  When applying for child care aid, parents can now check a box to show they are survivors of domestic violence who are concerned that seeking child support could put their family in […]

Streetlights in Texas Border Communities to Start in January

Streetlights in Texas Border Communities to Start in January

The campaign to secure neighborhood streetlights to boost safety in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas took more than a decade of community meetings and lobbying from residents. Parents were particularly concerned about keeping their kids safe at night.  Now, streetlights will start appearing in the neighborhoods, known as colonias, as early as January. On […]

Police in New Mexico City Can’t Ask About Immigration Status

Police in New Mexico City Can’t Ask About Immigration Status

The effort to prohibit police officers in Española, New Mexico, a city with 10,130 residents, from asking about a person’s status in the country took about a year. In the end, grassroots advocates with Somos Española, a local civil rights organization, are hailing the result which involved talks with city and police officials.  Police officers in this […]

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