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Migrants Denied Fair Legal Access, Lawyers Say

Migrants Denied Fair Legal Access, Lawyers Say

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children. [...]
A Gift for the Kids From HondurasThe children from Central America continue to find their way to our southern border. There are fewer of the young people than a few weeks ago. But then again, this is the hottest time of the year, the worst time to cross Mexico. The situation has politicians in a huff. The more mean-spirited among them [...]
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Racial Diversity Receives Boost With Court ApprovalAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus, the latest in an ongoing case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last year only to be sent back [...]
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U.S. Court: Young Immigrants in Ariz. Can Receive LicensesPHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya is one of nearly 19,000 young immigrants in Arizona who has been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration’s deferred action policy, but the benefits of the program in the state have been limited. As Montoya applies for teaching jobs, she considers herself competitively disadvantaged because Arizona [...]
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Unaccompanied Kids at Border: ‘Nuisance’ or Blessing?On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the United States. Because I had some time before we were supposed to [...]
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Ariz. Official: Sorry for Calling Food Stamp Users ‘Lazy Pigs’PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist. Huppenthal was barely composed from the beginning of the packed [...]
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Residents in Texas: Wage Theft Hurts Working FamiliesWhen President Obama begins the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, attendees should ask if the leader of our country will actually try to “better support working” people by combating wage theft, which is when earnings are owed but employers withhold or deny them. It is one of the most common labor [...]
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New Mexico Tribal Families: Thriving in ‘Our Own Ways’New Mexico is a rural state. We are 121,356 square miles large. Approximately one-third of our population lives in rural communities. Our Tribal lands are found in rural New Mexico. For working families, living in rural communities and on Tribal lands present unique challenges not face by our urban counterparts. Many of us live in [...]
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Families Dropped Off in Phoenix and a Shift in ImmigrationPHOENIX (AP) — By the time the women arrived disheveled and hungry at the Greyhound station in Phoenix, they had already spent weeks traveling thousands of miles with young children in tow. Ranging from months old to adolescents, some of the children were sick and lethargic. Others played gleefully at arcade games in the crowded [...]
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Alongside the U.S.-Mexico Border, There is a ‘Beast’Several times a day, a train rumbles through our neighborhood. Johnny Cash may sing wistfully about the lonesome locomotive’s whistle, but there is nothing romantic about this train’s horn. The blasts come every few seconds as the long line of boxcars pass churches, parks and schools. The constant racket of the rails is a reminder [...]
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