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N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial on June 12 to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.  Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education […]

SB 4 Lawsuit: Texas Immigration Law Violates U.S. Constitution

SB 4 Lawsuit: Texas Immigration Law Violates U.S. Constitution

The battle over a controversial new law in Texas that targets sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrant families keeps growing, with the ACLU of Texas filing the latest lawsuit June 5 that challenges the statute. In the suit, the ACLU of Texas argues the statute, SB 4, violates “fundamental constitutional rights and principles,” and seeks an accelerated […]

Families Protest SB 4 in Texas, as Lawmaker Calls ICE

Families Protest SB 4 in Texas, as Lawmaker Calls ICE

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas’ tough new anti-“sanctuary cities” law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — as tense divides over hardline immigration policies boiled […]

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they’re in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. The lawsuits have […]

Immigration Advocates on SB 4: We’re Resisting in Texas

Immigration Advocates on SB 4: We’re Resisting in Texas

Grassroots leaders and local officials wasted little time organizing a coordinated campaign to fight SB 4, a new Texas law that targets cities, towns and sheriffs that don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Only nine days after Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the legislation, formally known as Senate Bill 4, into law, grassroots advocates […]

New Metro Phoenix Sheriff to Close Joe Arpaio’s Famed Tent City Jail

New Metro Phoenix Sheriff to Close Joe Arpaio’s Famed Tent City Jail

PHOENIX (AP) — The new sheriff of metro Phoenix announced Tuesday that he’s closing down a complex of jail tents that helped make his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, a national law enforcement figure. The decision by Sheriff Paul Penzone to close the 24-year-old Tent City complex will undo a critical piece of Arpaio’s political legacy. He […]

Protesters in Arizona: Racketeers? No, as Controversial Bill Dies

Protesters in Arizona: Racketeers? No, as Controversial Bill Dies

PHOENIX (AP) — The speaker of the Arizona House said he won’t hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights. The measure […]

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