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Texas Stories: Citizens Being Denied Right to Vote in 2014

Texas Stories: Citizens Being Denied Right to Vote in 2014

Editor’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 is now underway in Texas, a state with one of the strictest voter ID laws [...]
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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A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His FreedomAt 12:32 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What’s ironic about watching him walk out of this particular prison, the Walls Unit, which is often used to process [...]
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A Year After a Teen was Tased, Will Texas Protect Students?Nov. 20, 2013, a school day in Texas’ Bastrop County, starts like any other for 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera and his family. The sun rises a little before 7 a.m. and first period at Cedar Creek High School, the home of the “Eagles,” starts an hour later. The day is no scorcher – an [...]
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Sexual Abuse Charges Leveled by Immigrants in TexasAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys representing women being held at a South Texas immigration lockup said Thursday they’ve filed a federal complaint alleging sexual abuse and harassment by at least three guards and facility staff members.  Detainees, whose children were staying with them at the 500-plus-bed immigration facility in Karnes City, have told lawyers with [...]
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And Then There was Joy on the Border – for OnceA few months ago, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I was reading a book and wondering if it would ever, ever rain again in Brownsville. In this arid land, some older people believe that rainfall is a measure of the quality of dialogue between God and God’s creatures. I was convinced that someone in this [...]
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