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Texas Residents Paint a Mural – to Welcome Everyone

Texas Residents Paint a Mural – to Welcome Everyone

Early on an evening at the end of July, dozens of community members from Brownsville, Texas came together to begin to design a mural for the community clinic’s wall. The clinic’s pediatrician laid out the evening’s task. “We want to create a mural that says ‘welcome’ to everyone. What things should we think about painting?” [...]
Ariz.’s Immigration Law Struck Down by U.S. JudgePHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s frustrations over federal enforcement of the state’s border with Mexico spawned a movement nearly a decade ago to have local police confront illegal immigration. Now, the state’s experiment in immigration enforcement is falling apart in the courts. A ruling Friday that struck down the state’s 2005 immigrant smuggling law marks the [...]
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In Border Disaster, Advocates Seek Names of the DeadWith her daughter missing, Dalila can’t give up hope. “Sometimes I think … I’m going to find her alive, somewhere, where she might be recovering. A hospital, a shelter.” Dalila, who lives in Oregon and works as a cleaner, asked that her last name be withheld for safety reasons. She came to the U.S. on [...]
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Albuquerque Police to Make Reforms, Receive OversightALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico’s largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque’s police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings. The deal announced Friday also orders the force to be independently monitored and calls [...]
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Texas Stories: Citizens Denied Right to Vote in 2014Editor’s note: These dispatches are from the voting rights team affiliated with the Brennan Center for Justice, which is based at New York University School of Law. Team members sent these reports from Texas. The Brennan Center’s report follows:  Voting took place across the country on Nov. 4, including in Texas, which has one of [...]
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Immigrant Workers Fight ‘Wage Theft’ in TexasWhen construction worker Jose Rivera opened his pay envelope, it was bad news. His employer had paid him only $100 for a 40-hour workweek. When he complained, the employer, a subcontractor, told him the contract for the job paid less, so workers had to accept less. Some of Rivera’s younger co-workers were so demoralized they [...]
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Arizona Opens Doors to Gay Marriage – a Major ShiftPHOENIX (AP) — Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, the partners witnessed something [...]
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Texas Can Require Voter ID in Nov. Election, Justices RuleWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many Blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year. Like earlier orders in North Carolina, [...]
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Immigrants in Ariz. Have Right to Bail, U.S. Court RulesPHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday struck down a voter-approved Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.  An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]
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Texas Voter ID Law to be Allowed in November ElectionAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.  The ruling by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used [...]
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