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CA Healthcare Budget Cuts Could Cost Lives, and Other News

by The News on May 28 2009, 12:49PM

CA Healthcare Cuts Would Mean Higher Costs and Possibly Deaths A group of advocates and healthcare patients gathered yesterday at a state healthcare review panel to protest Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed healthcare cuts. Advocates and officials say with the proposed cuts,…

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Health Care Across the Border, and Other News

by The News on May 27 2009, 11:29AM

Fifty-Five Years After Brown v. Board of Ed, Disparate Educational Outcomes Persist A new study released by McKinsey and Co. shows that even when controlling for class, white kids outperform kids of color. Differences in teaching, educational resources, and policies…

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Texas Prisons Report 1500 To ICE, and Other News

by The News on May 26 2009, 12:34PM

Inmate Citizenship Status Screening Put to Test in Texas Texas prisons have reported roughly 1,500 inmates to ICE under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement program. Costs to federal taxpayers are estimated at $200 million this year and may increase…

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The DREAM Act Gaining Ground, and Other News

by The News on May 25 2009, 10:53AM

DREAM Act Gaining Ground Again The DREAM Act is showing strong signs of life and according to new Senate calculations, is nearing the 60 votes it needs to pass through Congress, and could jump-start immigration reform under the Obama Administration….

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Latino “Hate Gang” Charged for Crimes, and other news

by The News on May 22 2009, 3:05PM

Latino “Hate Gang” Charged for Crimes Five indictments charged nearly 150 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens, a Latino street gang which had targeted its racist attacks towards Hawaiian Garden’s Black residents. Mercury News. Immigrant Arrests Made At…

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HIV/AIDS Advocates Demand Affordable Housing, and Other News

by The News on May 21 2009, 1:26PM

Gay Marriage in DC Moves Debate to Black Community Despite some claims, it turns out the Black community in D.C. isn’t so against gay marriage. Six of the 12 council members who voted in favor of the gay-marriage bill are…

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Chu vs. Chu in LA Runoff, and Other News

by The News on May 20 2009, 3:58PM

Judy Chu Defeated Gill Cedillo in Tuesday election The former Assemblywoman will face a July runoff election against Republican Councilwoman Betty Tom Chu and Libertarian Christopher Agrella. LA Times Somerset County, MD Behind in Racial Equality says ACLU, NAACP The…

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Arizona Debates the Fate of Day Laborers, and Other News

by The News on May 19 2009, 12:23PM

Recession’s Impact on American Indians Varies With Tribes As tribal-owned casinos see a drop in revenue, other tribes are trying to cope with unemployment and the rising cost of food, gas and electricity. NAM Supreme Court Tosses Former Detainees’ Lawsuit…

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Asian Americans An Untapped Force for the Environment, and Other News

by The News on May 15 2009, 9:10AM

Survey Sheds Light on Female Immigrant Experience A poll conducted by New America Media reveals distinct challenges female immigrants face upon moving to the U.S. Many women sacrifice professional employment status upon arriving in this country. LA Times Asian Americans…

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Black Farmers Say Money is Not Enough for Racism, and Other News

by The News on May 14 2009, 12:27PM

Latino Groups Call for New Hate Crime Laws The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is leading a call to revise hate crime laws in the wake of the acquittal of two teens who were accused of brutally beating…

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Wal-Mart Charged with Racism…Again, and Other News

by The News on May 12 2009, 3:05PM

Wal-Mart Sued for Harassment of Latinos at Fresno Sam’s Club The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged Sam’s Club, owned by Wal-Mart, for repeatedly harassing Mexican workers. The workers were subjected to overtly racist verbal attacks including being called “wetbacks”…

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Mixed Status Families Fight to Stay Together, and Other News

by The News on May 11 2009, 4:17PM

Immigrant Families Face Rift Within The Home Families of mixed immigrant status are hopeful that reform of the current immigration system will help ease the divisions between legal and undocumented members within families. Boston Globe Seattle Cycling Club Reaches Disadvantaged…

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Napolitano Supports the DREAM Act, and Other News

by The News on May 8 2009, 1:15PM

DHS Secretary Announces Support for Federal In-State Tuition Bill Napolitano announced earlier this week that she supports the federal DREAM Act, just as she did as governor of Arizona, and reiterated the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Austin-American Statesman Obama…

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Federal Court Says It’s Okay US Gov’t Raided Muslim Families’ Homes, and Other News

by The News on May 7 2009, 1:43PM

Court Upholds Federal Raids of Virginia Muslims A federal appeals court found the 2002 raids of several Herndon Muslims, suspected of participating in terrorist activities, did not violate their constitutional rights. The court said federal agents used “lawful force” in…

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Postville a Broken Town After Raid, and Other News

by The News on May 5 2009, 4:49PM

Iowa Town Suffers After Immigration Raid Postville is still feeling the sting of last year’s Agriprocessor immigration raid. The company has since gone bankrupt and left many small businesses, that had unsecured debt with the plant, in crisis. Kansas City…

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U.S. Receives Refugees Like Criminals, and Other News

by The News on May 1 2009, 1:25PM

In U.S., Refugees Received Like Criminals Asylum-seekers in the United States are often met with prisoner-like treatment, and are housed in poorly managed and maintained detention facilities, according to a new report by Human Rights First. Human Rights First No…

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The Affirmative Action Debate Continues, And Other News

by The News on April 27 2009, 11:16AM

Most Americans Still Support Affirmative Action In light of the recent Supreme Court case, in which white firefighters are claiming reverse discrimination, it seems general public opinion is still opposed to affirmative action. A closer study of polls reveals that…

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Spate of Anti-Asian American Assaults on College Campuses, and Other News

by The News on April 24 2009, 10:29AM

Asian-Americans Attacked, Insulted on Campus In Lancaster, PA, two Asian American college students reported being assaulted and called racial epithets by ellow students. This is the most recent of alleged discriminatory actions targeting Asian-Americans on college campuses, following incidents occurring…

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American Indian Prisoner’s Religious Rights Up for Review, and Other News

by The News on April 21 2009, 10:02AM

Utah Bill Could Limit Immigrant Health Care SB81, a state immigration enforcement law, will have a big impact on how undocumented immigrants get healthcare. Under the bill, agencies that provide certain government-funded health services will be required to verify their…

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NJ Bill Seeks In-State Tuition For Immigrant Students, and other news

by The News on April 20 2009, 10:56AM

Case Won’t Close On Gitmo President Obama’s authorization to release the “torture memos” describing CIA interrogation tactics during the Bush era marks a transparency that may bode well for U.S.-Arab relations under his leadership. But critics still question his policy…

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