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Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

Virginia Makes Progress as Push to Restore Voting Rights Grows

RICHMOND, Va. – On a steamy early August afternoon outside Broomfield Christian Methodist Church, along a desolate stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway in this former Confederate capital, William Irvin Banks Jr. recalled rejoicing when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored his right to vote. But Banks’ eyes suddenly turned downcast. And he could hardly contain his […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

Virginia Approves In-State Tuition Rates for DREAMers

  Virginia has joined a list of states that will give in-state tuition access to immigrant youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, the state’s Attorney General announced Tuesday.  The policy change makes earning a college degree more affordable and affects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children […]

Families, Relatives and Volunteers Connect Online for Irma Support

Families, Relatives and Volunteers Connect Online for Irma Support

ATLANTA (AP) — Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys. “We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we’re trying […]

More Women's Colleges Open Doors to Transgender Students

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WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Until last year, Ninotska Love would have been barred from attending Wellesley College. She’s an accomplished student who has persevered through hardship, but under longstanding rules, the college would have rejected her.  Now, the rules have changed. This week, Love will become one of the first transgender women to attend Wellesley […]

Fifteen States and D.C. Sue Trump Administration to Save DACA

Fifteen States and D.C. Sue Trump Administration to Save DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued on Sept. 6 to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation — an act Washington state’s attorney general called “a dark time for our country.”  The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York. […]

Immigrants and Allies on DACA News: Time for Resolve and Dignity

Immigrants and Allies on DACA News: Time for Resolve and Dignity

Reaction from immigrant youth and their allies to the Trump administration’s Sept. 5 decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came quickly. Grassroots reform advocates and immigrant youth affected by the decision condemned the decision. They also continued rallies in support of DACA, including one at Trump Tower in New York […]

With Trump Ending DACA, More Protests Are Expected This Week

With Trump Ending DACA, More Protests Are Expected This Week

  PHOENIX (AP) — Nationwide protests are expected to continue Tuesday as young immigrants fight to keep Obama-era protections that President Donald Trump’s administration said it will “wind down” and send to Congress for action.  Many young immigrants and their supporters say they are preparing for the worst. The day of protests is expected following […]

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