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Judge expands ‘close family’ definition under Trump travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration’s narrow definition of “close family” should be expanded to include grandparents and other family members. US District Judge Derrick K. Watson also ruled that refugees who had assurances … Continue reading

ICE told to act on all undocumented immigrants they find

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The man in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportations has ordered agents to take action on any and all undocumented immigrants they encounter. Advocates say this may explain the sharp increase in ICE arrests. ProPublica has details about … Continue reading

Social Security employee fights to keep Medicaid benefits

A Michigan employee of the Social Security Administration with muscular dystrophy is in a legal fight to maintain his benefits. Budget cuts are blamed for cutting benefits to Chris Meadows, who may be forced out of his home as well. … Continue reading

How the Supreme Court could overturn marriage equality

Just two years after the Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality is the law of the land, marriage rights are under assault again in conservative states. But could a change in the high court’s makeup threaten the legality of same-sex … Continue reading

Changes in healthcare could cause more bankruptcies

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Unexpected medical expenses are one of the leading causes of bankruptcies in America. One study by the American Medical Association found that 2/3 of bankruptcies cite medical expenses as a major issue. Some are concerned that changes to Obamacare could … Continue reading

Will a new Florida law make divorces less difficult?

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A new Florida law called The Collaborative Law Process Act went into effect on July 1, and is designed to make the process of getting a divorce shorter, kinder and gentler. The goal is to make the divorce process more … Continue reading

Homeland Security Sec’y urged to uphold commitments to asylum seekers

After the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing part of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect, the Human Rights First organization is urging Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to uphold legal obligations to accept asylum seekers. Human Rights … Continue reading

Sanctuary cities helping immigrants outwit ICE

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Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to stop federal funding to towns and cities who don’t help the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) round up undocumented immigrants. In response, many mayors of these “sanctuary cities” … Continue reading

Former refugee now fights for immigrants

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One of the attorneys who helped thwart President Trump’s travel ban is a former refugee himself who is now fighting for the rights of undocumented immigrants. Luis Mancheno says he’s proud to now be a US citizen, and he’s focused … Continue reading

Texas sued by cities over immigration law

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Following the passage of Texas SB4, which challenged sanctuary cities in the Lone Star state, a growing number of municipalities are suing the state, claiming the new law is unconstitutional and a threat to public safety. Texas law enforcement officers … Continue reading