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200 Civil Rights Groups Demand FCC Protect Lifeline Subsidy Program

The organizations say the Federal Communications Commission is hurting vulnerable communities.

Members of Congress Fear Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Funds Will Go to Creditors

Concerned elected officials asked Congress for a guarantee that the island’s residents and infrastructure will benefit from the $16 billion.

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Second Federal Judge Blocks Trump From Rescinding DACA

Meanwhile, the Senate continues to mull the fate of young immigrants.

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Proposed Immigration Measure Would Bypass Border Wall Funding

Meanwhile, some lawmakers consider postponing a permanent solution for DACA recipients.

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Trump Urges 'Compromise' on Immigration in State of the Union Address. Critics Aren't Buying It.

The president’s hardline immigration proposals panned as divisive by Democrats and immigration advocates.

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Not Interested in Trump's SOTU Speech? Try These Alternatives.

From speeches delivered by activists, to progressive responses, to immigrant-centered tweetstorms, others ways to spend your time.

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Federal Court Rules Immigrant Children Facing Deportation Are Not Entitled to Free Attorney

Circuit court upholds previous ruling denying asylum to 13-year-old from Honduras who was unable to secure legal representation.

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Maxine Waters Will Address Nation During 'Angela Rye's State of the Union' Special

The member of Congress will fact check President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address before Rye leads a panel on Black political strategy with several elected officials and activists.

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Democrats Pan Trump's Dreamer Framework as 'Anti-Immigrant'

Republican immigration hawks join chorus of criticism as the president prepares to address immigration overhaul in his first State of the Union address.

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Census Bureau to Ignore Obama-Era Recommendations for Recording Race, Ethnicity

“Accurate, detailed data are an essential tool for ensuring equal opportunity and access to the nation’s institutions and resources for all people, but especially those who have been victims of discrimination historically.”

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Department of Justice Threatens Jurisdictions That Don't Cooperate With Immigration Officials

The agency warns that it will pull federal money unless sanctuary jurisdictions prove compliance with federal immigration laws.

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Puerto Rico: Post Hurricane Maria, Island Can't Pay Down Debt

Meanwhile, residents continue to leave the island in the face of rising unemployment.

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Senate Confirms Alex Azar as New Head of the Department of Health and Human Services

“We fear that HHS is badly off-course and doubt Mr. Azar will make the changes needed to really put patients’ interests first.”

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Top Democrat Retracts $25 Billion Offer to Trump for Border Wall Funding

Facing pressure from progressive Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rescinds offer made in return for legal protections for “Dreamers.”

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REPORT: Racial Disparities Persist Despite Marijuana Legalization Measures

Despite widespread succes of state-level legalization laws, Black and Latinx people remain disproportionate victims of racial profiling and over policing.

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UPDATE: Government Shutdown Officially Ends, Fate of 'Dreamers' Remains Uncertain

Democrats reached an agreement with Republicans in exchange for a promise to take up legislation on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields some young immigrants from deportation.

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22 Attorneys General Sue FCC For 'Arbitrary' and 'Capricious' #NetNeutrality Rollback

New Mexico attorney general Hector Balderas: “The FCC’s blatant, un-American attack on a free and open internet will only further harm vulnerable consumers, families and businesses.”

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Senators Confront DHS Secretary About Trump's 'Racially Motivated' Immigration Policy

Cory Booker and Diane Feinstein questioned the decision to terminate deportation relief for some 250,000 immigrants and DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen’s “amnesia” regarding the president’s “shithole” comments.

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States Fight to Safeguard Open Internet Against FCC Net Neutrality Ruling

State legislators across the country are advancing their own open internet protection measures.

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Did We Need More Proof That Trump is Racist?

The president said that Black and Latinx immigrants from “shithole” countries should be left out of any immigration deal reached in Congress. Who is surprised?