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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Immigrant Issues

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court is taking action to uphold a lower court ruling that overturned Arizona's law preventing some young immigrants from getting drivers' licenses. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court is supporting a lower court ruling allowing young immigrants in Arizona to get driver's licenses. The high court refused to stay a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which overturned Arizona's denial of licenses to immigrants who have statu ...Read More

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez Garcia's daughters recently visited Washington to fight against their father's deportation. Photo courtesy of Rev. Anne Dunlap

DENVER - Millions of immigrants nationwide are waiting to see if they qualify for President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents program, which was announced last month. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is among them. He has been in "sanctuary" at the First Unitarian Society of Denver for almost two months. ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kindergarten to Career program that encourages students to explore job options is just one of the funding recipients of the Long Island Community Foundation. The organization says 2014 has been a tough year for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy of Long Island Community Foundation.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – When federal and state funds fall short, someone has to step up and in 2014, charitable donations played a major part in addressing health and social service needs across the state. David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation, says 2014 has been a ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

PHOTO: It's estimated as many as one-in-five workers in the Texas construction sector aren't paid the proper wages as required by law. Photo credit: Matthew Rutledge/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - It happens every month of the year, but the issue of wage theft in Texas is even more acute around the holidays, as impacted workers step up during the busy season but don't receive the pay they're due. Hector Guzman Lopez, coordinator with the Fuerza del Valle Workers' Center makes ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama is not unlike his predecessors, dating back to the beginning of the Republic, in using a presidential order to accomplish a goal. Photo of George Washington courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

TEMPE, Ariz. - President Obama's executive action on immigration is being compared by some to the act of an emperor or king, but presidents have been issuing executive orders in some form since the era of the Founding Fathers. Paul Bender is a law professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ...Read More

PHOTO: Children will be the big winners in President Barack Obama's executive action delaying the deportation of parents who are unauthorized immigrants, says the NEA of New Mexico. Photo courtesy of the White House.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The overall well being of thousands of American children in New Mexico, born to parents who are undocumented immigrants, should benefit from President Barack Obama's action on immigration, according to Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association ...Read More

PHOTO: Audience members react to President Obama's speech highlighting his executive actions on immigration. New York immigrants' advocates say will bring tens of thousands out of the shadows. Photo credit: Pete Souza, The White House.

NEW YORK - President Obama signed a pair of executive orders that will delay deportation for millions nationwide, a move that opens the door for many undocumented New Yorkers to legally find work. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director with Long Island Wins, says Obama's action will affect ...Read More

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