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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Immigrant Issues

A new report says wage theft is robbing millions of New Yorkers of billions of dollars. Advocates say communities with large populations of immigrant workers such as New York City and Long Island are ripe for this fraud. Courtesy: Make the Road New York

NEW YORK - A new report says millions of New Yorkers are being ripped off every day by companies that cheat them out of wages and other benefits they should be earning. Kate Hamaji is a research associate at the Center for Popular Democracy, which issued the report. She says they found companies ...Read More

Groups opposed to changes in Philadelphia's anti-deportation policy rallied at City Hall on Friday. Courtesy New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Community groups and immigration advocates are telling Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to keep his hands off the city's anti-deportation ICE Hold policy. The mayor says he wants to change the executive order that controls city cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, o ...Read More

Immigration advocates are to hold a community fair on Saturday in Phoenix. Credit: Avidcreative/iStockphoto

PHOENIX - Immigration advocates will hold a community fair at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday, marking one year since President Obama signed executive orders on immigration, creating the program known as DAPA and expanding DACA. DAPA - Deferred Action for Parents of Americans - would allow ...Read More

Colorado immigrants' rights supporters are joining a national day of action today. Credit: rrodrickbeiler/iStockphoto.

DENVER - One year after President Obama issued an executive order known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, parents of U.S.-citizen children still could face deportation. Colorado immigrants and supporters - along with thousands of others at rallies across the country today - ...Read More

Immigration advocates say Syrian refugees hoping to resettle in the U.S. pose no risk to Americans. Credit: ranjithd/

NEW YORK – While more than half of the nation's governors oppose allowing Syrian refugees into their states, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomes them and says not doing so goes against American values. States protesting their admission say Syrians are a security threat and cite reports that ...Read More

Syrian refugees now entering the United States began the process in 2012. Credit: Voice of America News/Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, at least 26 governors have said they won't allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their states but advocates say those fears are unfounded. With millions displaced by civil war in Syria, President Obama wants the U.S. to accept 10, ...Read More

Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church

PHOENIX - In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Paris, this weekend's Eighth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner in Fountain Hills takes on a new role, that of bringing together a community riven by fears about Muslim immigrants from Syria. This week Governor Doug Ducey demanded the feds stop ...Read More

Haitian immigrants in South Florida are making the transition to active citizenship with the help of Project Smart Vote. Credit: Bryan Vana, AFSC

MIAMI – They listened, they studied and they passed the test. Now, dozens of Haitian immigrants are ready to celebrate their American citizenship and do their civic duty. Paul Mondesir, an organizer with the American Friends Service Committee, has been working with the group for months throug ...Read More

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