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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 […]

A Rebuke to Trump? Calif. Sanctuary Bill Moves to Assembly

A Rebuke to Trump? Calif. Sanctuary Bill Moves to Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown. It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally. The state Senate passed […]

On How Alabama Is Blazing a Trail of Social Justice Resistance

On How Alabama Is Blazing a Trail of Social Justice Resistance

Alabama has long been a seedbed for some of the nation’s most repressive policies and practices, many of which are now centerpieces of the new presidential administration. Alabama’s notorious anti-immigrant legislation, known as HB 56, helped lay the groundwork for the current national anti-immigrant hysteria. Not only has Alabama exported the policies of HB 56 […]

White House Threat on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Is Rebuffed, Again, by Cities

White House Threat on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Is Rebuffed, Again, by Cities

NEW YORK (AP) — Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities” despite the financial risks. “We are going to become this administration’s worst nightmare,” New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Monday during […]

Immigrant Communities Win in N.M. as Court Protects Rights in Jail

Immigrant Communities Win in N.M. as Court Protects Rights in Jail

Amid a federal crackdown on immigration, a U.S. court has strengthened the rights of immigrants in Northwest New Mexico, ruling that they can’t be kept at a county jail simply because federal immigration agents want to investigate their status. A settlement plan released during the week of March 13 would protect the rights of inmates […]

Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

After the inauguration of the new president, and with clear signs in my opinion that he intends to bully immigrants, the children of immigrants woke up afraid. One mother, here in South Texas, told me that her son came home after school, weeping, claiming that he didn’t want to go to Mexico. His mother, holding […]

DREAMers Contribute to America. Now, It’s Time for Congress to Help

DREAMers Contribute to America. Now, It’s Time for Congress to Help

Those of us who have fought in the struggle for immigrant rights are accustomed to both stunning victories and crushing defeats. Here in Florida, we have won in-state tuition for undocumented students, stopped the construction of a large, private immigration detention center and halted a variety of draconian anti-immigrant bills, including an Arizona-style “show me your […]

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

At Immigrant Rights Rallies, One Message: ‘We all Are America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters gathered Saturday to support immigrant rights at rallies around the U.S., denouncing President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledges to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and to crack down on Muslims entering the country. “We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue […]

America’s Next Leaders: Youth Leaders, Just as Important as Adult Ones

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Youth Fights Oppression by Engaging

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

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