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Immigration ‘Holds’ Violate Constitution, Fla. Groups Say

Immigration ‘Holds’ Violate Constitution, Fla. Groups Say

  Local police and sheriff deputies cannot hold people at the request of federal agents for investigation of civil immigration violations, a Florida coalition of civil rights, legal, labor and grassroots organizations said Monday.  Their argument: Such “detainers” of people by local authorities on behalf of federal officials violate the U.S. Constitution. “The detentions threaten [...]
McDonald’s Could be Liable for Franchise ConditionsNEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world’s biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald’s [...]
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A Policy Win: Higher Wages for San Diego WorkersFor Biviana Lagunas, life in San Diego can be stressful. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. An hour later, she starts her $9 hourly job as a cashier at San Diego State University, where she studies full time. By 2 p.m., her classes are underway and they end five hours later. In the [...]
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Work Permits for the Undocumented? It’s an OptionWASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale [...]
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Report Shows Reality of Asian Pacific Islanders in California  Some people might view Asian Pacific Islanders in Southern California as a monolithic group.  But there are nuances that the public and policymakers need to consider with this fast-growing group of citizens, permanent residents and immigrants, according to a recent report from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County. Among the group’s findings: Asian [...]
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House Neglects Poor Families in Child Tax Credit BillWASHINGTON (AP) — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are [...]
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Fast-Food Workers: ‘Whatever it Takes’ for a Living WageVILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of [...]
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Chicago Coalition Registers Voters, Boosts Democracy  A dozen grassroots groups in Chicago have given civic participation added energy by registering more than 11,100 voters in just one month, the organizations announced on Friday. The registration effort is part of a nonpartisan engagement program that seeks to bring more voices into the democratic process, Grassroots Collaborative, the umbrella group, said in [...]
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Calif. Law to Keep Immigrants Together  For legal immigrants in California, one day – in the eyes of federal law – can mean the difference between staying with loved ones and facing deportation.  Now, thanks to a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, legal immigrants who have committed a minor crime will not face deportation and can stay with [...]
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Early Release Idea Approved for Federal InmatesWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted on July 18 that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, [...]
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