House Committee to Probe Into Detainee Deaths; Black Voters Could Change Politics in the South

By The News May 16, 2008

Tribe Leaders and Sheriff to Meet After Reservation Shootout Riverside County sheriff’s officials escorted by federal mediators will meet with tribal Chairman Robert Salgado at the tribe’s country club to try and reduce tensions between local law enforcement and the Soboba Indians after they killed two suspects in an hourlong gunbattle and locked down the reservation. San Jose Mercury News. Black Turnout Changes Southern Politics "The sharp surge in black turnout that Senator Barack Obama has helped to generate in recent primaries and Congressional races could signal a threat this fall to the longtime Republican dominance of the South, according to politicians and voting experts." New York Times. California Needs Immigrants of All Skill Levels "Two of California’s most immigrant-dependent industries – agriculture and Silicon Valley – are pushing narrow measures through Congress in an effort to employ foreign workers at opposite ends of the labor market, people who pick vegetables and the postgraduate engineers and scientists of Silicon Valley." San Francisco Chronicle. House Committee to Investigate Detainee Deaths After the Washington Post series on the neglectful detention of immigrants, John Conyers and other lawmakers are requesting documents on the detainees deaths for further review. Congress Daily. Gays and Lesbians Celebrate Court Decision "Gay and lesbian couples in San Francisco rejoiced on Thursday over a State Supreme Court decision affirming their right to marry even as political leaders on both sides of the issue girded for an extended fight over the ruling in the courts and at the ballot box." New York Times. Detained Iowa Workers Transferred to Jails "Most of the 389 immigrant workers caught in the nation’s largest single-site immigration raid moved out of a makeshift detention center Thursday and into one of nearly a dozen jails scattered throughout Iowa." Des Moines Register.