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PHOTO: Those opposed to Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the southern border say humanitarian aid is needed, not more militarization. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.
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AUSTIN, Texas - The ongoing crisis over unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States has taken a new turn with local troops being ordered to the border of Texas and Mexico. Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to ...Read More

PHOTO: The thought of housing undocumented children brought people, both supporters and opponents, to the streets of Oracle, Arizona this week. Photo courtesy of Frank Pierson.

ORACLE, Ariz. - Housing undocumented children is causing public displays of both protest and support in communities in the Southwest, including Oracle, Arizona, located about 100 miles north of the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Frank Pierson lives in Oracle and is the president of the St. Helen Ca ...Read More

PHOTO: As the flood of children attempting to cross into the United States from Central America continues, an Iowa woman offers her story in the hopes of increasing understanding about the situation. Photo courtesy of Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The mass migration of Central American children has made headlines, sparked debate, and ignited a political firestorm in recent weeks, but one Iowa woman hopes her experience can shed some light upon why this is happening, and what can be done to help. Kenia Calderon made the jou ...Read More

PHOTO: Democracy North Carolina analyzed turnout in the state's recent primary election, and says more needs to be done to make voting more accessible in the Tarheel State. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Turnout was up for African-American voters overall in North Carolina's May primary, but further analysis reveals shades of gray in the Tarheel State's voting data. Statewide, 44,000 more African-Americans cast their ballot than in the 2012 primary, but turnout is actually down in ...Read More

PHOTO: Daryl Atkinson was recently recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for his work helping North Carolinians released from prison. Photo courtesy Southern Coalition for Social Justice

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Two decades ago, when Daryl Atkinson served 40 months in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug crime, he never imagined he would later be invited to the White House for recognition of his work, helping others with a criminal record get jobs. Atkinson now works as an at ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that immigrants in Kentucky are a diverse group that contributes greatly to the state's economy. It says immigration reform could mean even greater economic benefits. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BEREA, Ky. – Prompted by a lack of action in the U.S. House, President Obama said earlier this week he may act on his own to reform the nation's immigration system. In Kentucky, a policy research organization has released a new snapshot of the state's immigrant population. The profile from th ...Read More

PHOTO: The new attention same-sex marriage is receiving is one reason more legal action is seen on the issue of workplace protections for LGBT employees. Photo credit: innovatedcaptures/iStockphoto.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - President Obama's upcoming executive order protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender against discrimination as federal contract workers is the latest chapter in an area of law that is evolving along with public opinion. Washington was one of the first states ...Read More

PHOTO: A U-S Court of Appeals ruling allows a lawsuit filed by the A-C-L-U against the Arizona Department of Corrections move forward as a class-action lawsuit representing all 33-thousand inmates in the state's ten prisons. Photo courtesy of the FBI.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Corrections has pledged to continue its legal fight over allegations of inadequate medical care and mental health treatment for inmates, and the overuse of solitary confinement. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that a lawsuit brought by the Am ...Read More

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