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thousands expected to rally on may day for immigrant rights


immigrant rights groups and their allies are staging what they hope will be the largest may 1 rally since 2006 — when hundreds of thousands across the country poured into the streets to demand immigration reform. in new jersey, marchers on monday will assemble in jersey city and newark. “we’re going to be standing together, all…






seattle federal judge says government can’t restrict immigrant legal help


the justice department last month told the nonprofit northwest immigrant rights project it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes formal representation of them in court. the nonprofit says it doesn’t have the resources to do thata judge in seattle has temporarily blocked a justice department decision that immigrant legal-rights organizations around the country say would curtail much of the work they do.u.s. district judge richard jones issued his ruling wednesday immediately following oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by the nonprofit northwest immigrant rights project.the justice department last month told the group it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes formal representation of them in court. the nonprofit says






seattle group sues to continue giving immigrants legal help


the u.s. department of justice has ordered the northwest immigrant rights project stop a lot of its work. the group says that would force thousands of people to go without legal help in deportation cases.seattle — the u.s. justice department has ordered a seattle-based immigrant rights group to halt a large part of the work it does to advise immigrants of their legal rights and help them fill out paperwork — a demand that the organization says would force thousands of people to go without legal help in deportation cases.the nonprofit northwest immigrant rights project sued the justice department monday in federal court in seattle in an effort to block the order. the group says the justice department’s demand violates its first amendment rights to free speech, assembly and to petition the g






longmont mulls sanctuary-city designation – the denver post


longmont’s city council on tuesday night is to get a request that it take steps toward officially designating longmont a sanctuary city that offers the same protections to its undocumented and documented immigrant residents that it provides to the community’s u.s. citizens.several organizations, including the colorado immigrant rights coalition, has been inviting those organizations’ members and supporters to show up at tuesday’s meeting to argue for the designation.the immigrant rights coalition’s sonia marquez said on friday that while those groups do not expect formal council action on tuesday, “we’re going to see if we can get a conversation going” about the need for an official city policy of noncooperation with federal authorities seeking the identities — and possible deportation — o






lawyers: government seeking to deport iraq war veteran


seattle — an immigrant rights group is asking the department of homeland security to release an iraq war veteran who has been detained for more than three months while waiting to learn whether he'll be deported.chong kim, a south korean immigrant from portland, oregon, served with the national guard in iraq in 2009 and 2010.the northwest immigrant rights project says that after he was honorably discharged, he struggled with homelessness, addiction and post-traumatic stress, leading to convictions for burglary in 2013 and attempted arson last year. he's been doing well since completing a 4½-month inpatient treatment program run by the department of veterans affairs.immigration agents arrested him april 5 and brought him to a detention center in tacoma, washington. they plan to deport him be






35-year-old man dies while in ice custody in case of mistaken identity


kearny — immigrant and civil rights advocates joined faith groups outside hudson county’s jail tonight to demand answers in the case of a 35-year-old honduran immigrant who died in jersey city two weeks ago after being detained by immigration and customs enforcement agents. the group of about 50 protesters, chanting “the people, united, will never be…






enforcing travel ban to be ‘a little messy’ for awhile, says seattle immigrant-r


implementation of a limited version of the trump administration’s ban on travel from six mostly muslim countries is “going to be a little messy for the next few months,” says jorge barón, director of the northwest immigrant rights project.after the supreme court’s ruling on the trump administration’s ban on travelers from six muslim-majority countries, local leaders said there are questions that still need to be answered and uncertainty around what the ruling will mean. “it’s going to be a little messy for the next few months,” said jorge barón, the executive director of the northwest immigrant rights project (nwirp). but the supreme court’s decision to take up the case, and the protections it placed on people with a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the united states,” co






immigrant rights activists launch 24-hour hotline to help communities during rai


immigrant rights groups launched the colorado rapid response network thursday, a 24-hour hotline to track, verify, document and respond to immigration and customs enforcement raids and what activists describe as aggressive enforcement tactics.activists called it a major step in providing immigrant communities with verified information, access to legal guidance and a structure to resist civil rights abuses. the hotline aims to stop the spread of misinformation that causes fear in immigrant communities.“often in our community since the (president donald) trump election, and even before, this has been something that’s been a need,”  together colorado organizer celesté martinez said. “since the election, there’s been an increase in fear.”martinez said ice has stepped up enforcement under the t






google launches fund that could donate $4m to aclu, others


mountain view, calif. — google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.google has confirmed a usa today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. the money will go toward the american civil liberties union, the immigrant legal resource center, the international rescue committee and the u.n. human rights commission.company executives are also donating separately to the effort.google says in a statement that it's concerned about the impact president donald trump's order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven muslim majority nations will have on the company's employees and their families.






judge oks lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program


seattle — a class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.u.s. district judge richard jones in seattle on wednesday denied the justice department's request to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in february by the american civil liberties union and the northwest immigrant rights project.the lawsuit claims the government since 2008 has used the controlled application review and resolution program to blacklist thousands of applications for asylum, legal permanent residency or citizenship as national security concerns.the program imposes criteria on the applications that go far beyond what congress has authorized, including holding up some applications if the appli






immigrant rights groups blast new ice policy they say targets parents of child m


captionat lax, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. southern california is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near topanga canyon boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in calabasas this week. station wagons don't sell very well, but charles fleming says the volvo v90 cross country might be an exception. at lax, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. southern california is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near topanga canyon boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in calabasas this week. station wagons don't sell very well, but cha






immigrant rights group say milwaukee caves in to pressure


milwaukee — immigrant rights groups are accusing milwaukee leaders of caving in to pressure from the trump administration and quietly expanding cooperation with immigration officials.one group, voces de la frontera, says milwaukee officials are weakening safeguards for immigrants by making it easier for the milwaukee police department to work with federal immigration agents. the group also warns the changes could lead to racial profiling, the milwaukee journal sentinel reported tuesday (http://bit.ly/2te2ffq ).barrett spokesman jeff fleming said the mayor remains committed to immigrants."the mayor is not wavering at all in his support of immigrants in milwaukee. for reasons of technical compliance, some changes were required in official policy," fleming said. "but again the mayor stands wi






seattle judge oks lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program


u.s. district judge richard jones wednesday denied the justice department’s request to dismiss the suit, which was filed in february by the american civil liberties union and northwest immigrant rights project.a class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by muslims can move forward, a seattle federal judge has ruled.u.s. district judge richard jones on wednesday denied the justice department’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in february by the american civil liberties union and the northwest immigrant rights project.the lawsuit claims the government since 2008 has used the controlled application review and resolution program to blacklist thousands of applications for asylum, legal permanent residen






immigrants, unions march in us for rights, against trump


new york (ap) — immigrant and union groups will march in cities across the united states on monday to mark may day and protest against president donald trump’s efforts to boost deportations.tens of thousands of immigrants and their allies are expected to rally in cities such as new york, chicago, seattle and los angeles. demonstrations also are planned for dozens of smaller cities from ft. lauderdale, florida, to portland, oregon.in many places, activists are urging people to skip work, school and shopping to show the importance of immigrants in american communities.while union members traditionally march on may 1 for workers’ rights in countries around the world, the day has become a rallying point for immigrants in the u.s. since massive demonstrations were held on the date in 2006 again






the latest: seattle judge puts off ruling on travel ban


seattle — the latest on lawsuits challenging the trump administration's revised travel ban (all times local):4:40 p.m.a federal judge in seattle says he won't rule on a request from an immigrant rights group to block president donald trump's revised travel ban because two other judges have already halted it.judge james robart said the northwest immigrant rights project could ask him to reconsider "should circumstances change."the immigrant rights group had said the new version of the ban discriminates against muslims.on wednesday a federal judge in hawaii blocked the federal government from enforcing its ban on travel from six mostly muslim countries and its suspension of the nation's refugee program. a maryland judge only blocked the six-nation travel ban.last month, robart granted a requ






immigrants, unions march in us for rights, against trump


new york — immigrant and union groups will march in cities across the united states on monday to mark may day and protest against president donald trump's efforts to boost deportations.tens of thousands of immigrants and their allies are expected to rally in cities such as new york, chicago, seattle and los angeles. demonstrations also are planned for dozens of smaller cities from ft. lauderdale, florida, to portland, oregon.in many places, activists are urging people to skip work, school and shopping to show the importance of immigrants in american communities.while union members traditionally march on may 1 for workers' rights in countries around the world, the day has become a rallying point for immigrants in the u.s. since massive demonstrations were held on the date in 2006 against a






immigrant rights group say milwaukee caves in to pressure


milwaukee — immigrant rights groups are accusing milwaukee leaders of caving in to pressure from the trump administration and quietly expanding cooperation with immigration officials.one group, voces de la frontera, says milwaukee officials are weakening safeguards for immigrants by making it easier for the milwaukee police department to work with federal immigration agents. the group also warns the changes could lead to racial profiling.mayor tom barrett tells the milwaukee journal sentinel (http://bit.ly/2te2ffq ) his city remains committed to immigrants.but voces' executive director, christine neumann-ortiz, points to changes in police procedures that take effect thursday. one eliminates a directive that officers were not to question people about their immigration status unless they met






us judge oks lawsuit over once-secret muslim vetting program


seattle — a class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.u.s. district judge richard jones in seattle on wednesday denied the justice department's request to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed in february by the american civil liberties union and the northwest immigrant rights project.the lawsuit claims the government since 2008 has used the controlled application review and resolution program to blacklist thousands of applications for asylum, legal permanent residency or citizenship as national security concerns.the program imposes criteria on the applications that go far beyond what congress has authorized, including holding up some applications if the appli






in a small-town colorado church, an immigrant facing deportation finds sanctuary


captionat lax, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. southern california is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near topanga canyon boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in calabasas this week. station wagons don't sell very well, but charles fleming says the volvo v90 cross country might be an exception. at lax, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. southern california is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near topanga canyon boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in calabasas this week. station wagons don't sell very well, but cha






options remain for undocumented immigrants with prior crimes


undocumented immigrants with old crimes and deportation orders may still be able to remain in the united states. they just need to seek the right kind of help, immigrant rights attorneys say.“this is not the time to be on your own,” said jorge-mario cabrera, a spokesman for the coalition for humane immigrant rights, a los angeles-based organization that provides services across southern california.receiving legal consultation, though it may be costly, is necessary, cabrera added.unauthorized immigrants with deportation orders could qualify for some sort of immigration relief, and those with prior crimes may be able to have a criminal conviction vacated to avoid immigration consequences.and attorneys can help navigate these scenarios.hadley bajramovic, an immigration attorney serving the me






thousands march for immigrant rights in dallas


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in poland, a right-wing, populist, anti-immigrant government sees an ally in tru


captionat lax, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. southern california is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near topanga canyon boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in calabasas this week. station wagons don't sell very well, but charles fleming says the volvo v90 cross country might be an exception. at lax, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. southern california is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near topanga canyon boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in calabasas this week. station wagons don't sell very well, but cha






may day becomes march day: rallies around twin cities on immigration, housing


activists are taking to the streets monday in minneapolis on this may day to take up causes ranging from immigration to workers rights to housing.as part of a national “day without immigrants” campaign, protest organizers said businesses will close along ethnically diverse lake street, where “community members will be joining the rally,” said a statement from cosecha, a nearly two-year-old network of activist groups focusing on immigrant rights.cosecha, which means “harvest” in spanish, also has organized a march to start on nicollet mall near 3rd street.“this day without immigrants is the first step in a series of strikes and boycotts that will change the conversation on immigration in the united states,” alejandra cruz, a spokeswoman for cosecha, said in a statement announcing the action






lawyers: government seeking to deport iraq war veteran


seattle — an immigrant rights group is asking the u.s. department of homeland security to release an iraq war veteran who has been detained for more than three months while waiting to learn whether he'll be deported.chong kim, a south korean immigrant and green card holder from portland, oregon, joined the national guard in 2005 and served in iraq in 2009 and 2010. he came to the u.s. more than 35 years ago, at age 5, and he became a legal permanent resident in 1981.the seattle-based northwest immigrant rights project said friday that after kim was honorably discharged, he struggled with homelessness, addiction and post-traumatic stress, leading to convictions for burglary and other charges in 2013 and for attempted arson last year. he's been doing well since completing a 4½-month inpatien






advocates urge lapd to do more to distance itself from federal immigration enfor


since donald trump was elected president in november, los angeles police officials have sought to assure the public that deporting immigrants is not their job.in media interviews and dozens of community meetings, chief charlie beck and others have pointed to special order 40, a 1979 city directive that prohibits police officers from initiating contact with a person to ask about immigration status.but at a police commission meeting tuesday devoted to immigration, immigrant rights advocates urged the los angeles police department to do more to distance itself from federal immigration enforcement.robert gauthier / los angeles timesl.a. police chief charlie beck attends a special police commission meeting to hear testimony from immigrant rights advocates and discuss lapd policies towards immig






may day protesters say they will come together monday with a message for preside


a coalition of immigrant rights, women’s and religious groups, labor unions and lgbtq advocates will take to the streets of los angeles monday for a series of may day marches with a message aimed squarely at president trump.“the message we want to send him is that we are united,” said angelica salas, executive director of the coalition for humane immigrant rights of los angeles. “when he thinks that immigrants are isolated and that others will not stand up for our immigrant communities, he’s wrong.”more than 100 groups, representing a wide range of issues, will be part of this year’s rally organized by the may day coalition of los angeles. in past years, typically about 30 or 40 groups were represented, said chirla spokesman jorge-mario cabrera.the march, one of dozens of may day demonstra






lawyers: government seeking to deport iraq war veteran


seattle — an immigrant rights group is asking the u.s. department of homeland security to release an iraq war veteran who has been detained for more than three months while waiting to learn whether he'll be deported.chong kim, a south korean immigrant and green card holder from portland, oregon, joined the national guard in 2005 and served in iraq in 2009 and 2010. he came to the u.s. more than 35 years ago, at age 5, and he became a legal permanent resident in 1981.the seattle-based northwest immigrant rights project said friday that after kim was honorably discharged, he struggled with homelessness, addiction and post-traumatic stress, leading to convictions for burglary and other charges in 2013 and for attempted arson last year. he's been doing well since completing a 4½-month inpatien






dreamer immigrant in oregon detained by u.s. authorities


the leader of an immigrant-rights group said ice detained the man because he has a misdemeanor for dui.portland, ore. — a 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the united states because he was brought illegally into the country as a child was detained sunday by immigration agents, activists said.francisco j. rodriguez dominguez was picked up at his home by immigration and customs enforcement (ice) agents, immigration lawyer stephen manning said. the leader of an immigrant-rights group said the agency detained him because he has a misdemeanor for dui, but officials with the agency did not return a newspaper’s call for comment.rodriguez dominguez arrived in the united states from mexico when he was 5 years old, the oregon chapter of the american civil liberties union (aclu) said in






immigrant rights groups blast new ice policy they say targets parents of child m


the trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the united states, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.officials with immigration and customs enforcement say the new “surge initiative,” which involves identifying and arresting parents, relatives and others who have paid criminal organizations to bring children into the country, is a humanitarian effort to target human smugglers.“ice aims to disrupt and dismantle end-to-end the illicit pathways used by transnational criminal organizations and human smuggling facilitators,” said sarah rodriguez, an ice spokeswoman. “the sponsors who have placed children direct






google launches fund that could donate $4m to aclu, others


mountain view – google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.google has confirmed a usa today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. the money will go toward the american civil liberties union, the immigrant legal resource center, the international rescue committee and the u.n. refugee agency.company executives are also donating separately to the effort.google says in a statement that it’s concerned about the impact president donald trump’s order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven muslim majority nations will have on the company’s employees and their families.






jared polis to bring undocumented longmont immigrant to trump’s state of the uni


courtesy photooscar juarez-luna, an undocumented immigrant who lives in longmont, is pictured with u.s. rep. jared polis in washington.oscar juarez-luna, an undocumented immigrant who lives in longmont, hopes attending president donald trump’s first state of union “will put a face on the issue” of the need for congress “to really take a leadership role in fixing the broken immigration system.”juarez-luna, who will sit in the gallery as a guest of u.s. rep. jared polis (d-boulder), serves as a spokesman for the colorado immigrant rights coalition but said he’ll represent himself, his family and members of the area’s immigrant community while in washington, d.c.juarez-luna is a beneficiary of the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) program created by president barack obama’s admini






syrian immigrant mayor’s nj town won’t be sanctuary city


montvale, n.j. (ap) — a syrian immigrant mayor says his new jersey town will not be a sanctuary city for immigrants illegally living in the united states.montvale mayor michael ghassali posted on facebook that a mayor should not advocate defying federal laws and he will not sign any executive orders asking the town’s employees to do so.the republican who ran for mayor as an independent tells the record (http://bit.ly/2lytsji ) he hopes his position is not misconstrued as being against diversity.the trump administration announced tuesday that any immigrant in the country illegally who is charged with or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an immigration enforcement priority.ghassali became a citizen in 1987 and is married to an iraqi immigrant.___information






may day strikes, rallies planned across twin cities


st. paul, minn. — workers are striking and immigrant communities are rallying across the twin cities for may day.several unions and advocacy groups organized demonstrations on monday for international workers day. may day marches and celebrations across the globe have at times turned violent.contracted janitors were striking outside of a minneapolis home depot store to call for higher wages and fairer workloads. mesa latina and other immigrant rights groups organized a monday afternoon rally at the state capitol in st. paul.organizers of a group resisting president donald trump also planned a march through downtown minneapolis to support striking workers.






pennsylvania school district oks pact on immigrant students


lancaster, pa. (ap) — a pennsylvania school district reached a settlement tuesday with the american civil liberties union over what civil rights attorneys contend was a practice of denying older refugee and immigrant students a meaningful education by steering them to alternative high schools.the lancaster school district’s settlement was approved tuesday night by the school board. the district said it ends a lawsuit filed by the aclu in august. the aclu said lawyers for the two sides must still finalize the pact.“tonight’s outcome is a positive step for our students, our taxpayers, and our community,” said superintendent damaris rau in a statement. rau said the district is serving 1,950 english learners this year, including more than 550 refugee students.the agreement “extends the guarant






immigrant-rights groups in seattle file legal challenge to trump order


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essential california: 'know your rights,' immigrant advocates say


good morning. it’s thursday, march 23, and here’s what’s happening across california:top storieslending advice in these trying timesthey’re told to be prepared, be self-reliant and know their rights. that’s what immigrant advocates are telling people seeking advice as president donald trump transforms the country’s immigration policies. “to get the word out, they’re acting out scenes, setting up hotlines, holding televised town hall meetings and forming community watch groups. one organization spent $70,000 to make a highly polished ‘know your rights’ video. ‘this goes beyond handing out pamphlets to people,’ ” one advocate said.los angeles timesplus: for parents here illegally, the biggest fear has to do with their children. los angeles timesbrown in d.c.gov. jerry brown is in washington






essential california: 'know your rights,' immigrant advocates say


good morning. it’s thursday, march 23, and here’s what’s happening across california:top storieslending advice in these trying timesthey’re told to be prepared, be self-reliant and know their rights. that’s what immigrant advocates are telling people seeking advice as president donald trump transforms the country’s immigration policies. “to get the word out, they’re acting out scenes, setting up hotlines, holding televised town hall meetings and forming community watch groups. one organization spent $70,000 to make a highly polished ‘know your rights’ video. ‘this goes beyond handing out pamphlets to people,’ ” one advocate said.los angeles timesplus: for parents here illegally, the biggest fear has to do with their children. los angeles timesbrown in d.c.gov. jerry brown is in washington






7 power habits of great leaders, business icons and inspirational achievers


who did it? isaac newtonsir isaac newton was an english-born physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian. he was certainly one of the most influential people in the history of the world. his famous book principia, published in 1687, may be the most important science book ever written. it describes universal gravitation, and the three laws of motion, a topic which dominated the scientific view of the universe in the centuries that followed.besides that, he also built the first ever telescope, developed a theory of color, formulated an empirical law of cooling, studied the speed of sound, and the list goes on. besides living a life devoted to science, he was also very religious. he was also a guy that understood the importance of building quality rela