Tuesday, July 17, 2018

According to study Latino and Black millennials own fewer homes which will increase wealth gap

Angely Mercado, 26, who has a Master’s degree in journalism, makes a living as a freelance writer; she hopes to land a full-time job at some point. The New York resident was clear when she was asked where home ownership stood on her list of priorities. “I wish it could be higher, but it’s not […]

Young children separated at the border don’t recognize their parents

One mother had waited four months to wrap her arms around her little boy. Another had waited three months to see her little girl again, but when the reunions finally happened yesterday in Phoenix, the mothers were met with cries of rejection from their children. “He didn’t recognize me,” said Mirce Alba Lopez, 31, of […]

Judge dismisses Trump Administration lawsuit against California immigration laws

Yesterday a federal judge dismissed the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging several California laws that protect undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge John Mendez sided with California in its request to reject the Justice Department’s complaint against SB 54, known as the “sanctuary state law,” and AB 103, which requires transparency in the monitoring of detention facilities, […]

Judge denies the Trump administration’s request for more time to reunite separated families

A federal judge on Friday appeared to reject the Trump administration’s request to extend the deadline to reunite families separated at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy. “The government must reunite them,” Sabraw said, according to the AP. “It must comply with the time frame unless there is an articulable reason.” U.S. District Judge Dana […]

Judge orders Trump Administration to stop detaining asylum seekers

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration yesterday to halt the sudden shift in the way the U.S. deals with certain asylum-seekers who have presented themselves at the border. Advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights First, alleged in a class action lawsuit representing some 800 people that ICE is […]

Judge temporarily blocks FEMA from ending housing assistance to Puerto Ricans

A federal judge on Saturday night temporarily blocked the government from ending housing aid to Puerto Ricans currently living on the mainland after being displaced by Hurricane Maria. U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin extended the program by just a few days, ruling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cannot end the program until Tuesday. […]

More than a dozen ICE agents and a senator call to eliminate ICE

More than a dozen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents have signed a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling to eliminate ICE and shift its work to another bureau. Investigators “have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and […]

Puerto Rico introduces bill to grant statehood to the island

Puerto Rico’s non-voting representative Jenniffer Gonzalez introduced a bill in Congress yesterday to grant statehood to the territory by 2021. “This is the first step to open a serious discussion regarding the ultimate status for the island,” Gonzalez said, according to the AP. Gonzalez, the territory’s resident commissioner, said the legislation currently has 14 Democratic […]

A 28-year-old Latina just beat long standing congressman in New York

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district last night. “The reason I was able to do that is because we have built a legitimately strong grassroots movement of organizers here to hold it down for 24 to 48 hours,” she said, […]

Puerto Rico’s new law to allow to privatize power grid

Puerto Rico is officially moving to privatize and upgrade its outdated power grid exactly 9 months after it was flattened by Hurricane Maria. At a press conference on last week, Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed into law the approved legislation that allows parts of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority – known as PREPA in English and AEE in Spanish […]