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    PNS Daily News - May 29, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; former House Speaker Hastert charged with lying to the FBI about alleged hush money; a veto promised in North Carolina versus a marriage objections bill; thousands of New Yorkers get an Obamacare fix on artificial limbs; and Wyoming “ground zero” for federal sagebrush.

Immigrant Issues

PHOTO: A civil rights lawsuit claims Texas is denying parents of U.S.-citizen children access to their birth certificates, making it hard for kids to access medical care and enroll in school. Photo credit: FlickreviewR/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - A civil rights case has been filed against the Texas Department of State Health Services and key officials for denying parents without proof of legal immigration status birth certificates for their U.S.-citizen children. The suit claims parents presented their child's hospital bir ...Read More

PHOTO: New York advocates say a ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means hundreds of thousands of local immigrants are now in a holding pattern concerning President Obama's executive action on immigration reform. Credit: Mike Clifford

NEW YORK - Local advocates say hundreds of thousands of immigrant New Yorkers find themselves in an all-too-familiar position today, waiting for relief. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins, says they hope it will be a matter of months and not years until the full Fifth ...Read More

Photo: Undocumented people in Tennessee will continue to wait to see if they will have relief through President Obama's deportation relief programs, after the Fifth Circuit Court denied a request from an emergency stay. Photo credit: kconnors/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fifty-thousand people in Tennessee who would qualify for new deportation-relief programs announced last year still cannot take advantage of them. This comes as a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency stay that would have lifted the injunctio ...Read More

PHOTO: Reducing the buildup of law-enforcement personnel and equipment on Arizona's border with Mexico is the goal of protesters holding events in several border communities today. Photo courtesy of People Helping People on the Border.

ARIVACA, Ariz. - Protesters in several of Arizona's border communities are holding events today, calling on the federal government to demilitarize the U.S. border with Mexico. Eva Lewis, a volunteer with the group People Helping People in the Border Zone, will be at the protest event in Arivaca, ab ...Read More

PHOTO: More people than ever now have health insurance in Minnesota, but efforts are underway to go beyond just the coverage rate and make sure the newly insured can access and navigate the health care system. Photo credit:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Great gains have been made in recent years to push Minnesota's uninsured rate to its lowest level in history, but many challenges remain in making that equate to a healthier state. Allison Corrado, program officer with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

RICHMOND, Va. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. last s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that immigrants in Colorado contribute billions of dollars to the state's economy, are more likely to work for a living, and are job creators. Photo credit: Tano4595/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Immigrants in Colorado are a crucial - and growing - part of the state's economy, according to a new report. The number of foreign-born Coloradans grew by 35 percent from 2000 to 2013, adding $21 billion to the Gross State Product and generating more than $43 billion in goods and services. ...Read More

PHOTO: Human rights advocates gathered at the GEO Aurora Detention Facility calling for an end to the policy of locking families, including children, who are seeking asylum. Photo credit: Sean Ays.

DENVER - Human rights advocates rallied over the weekend and held a candlelight vigil last night in Aurora calling for an end to the detention of families seeking asylum as refugees. The demonstrations are part of a national week of action urging the Obama administration and Immigration and Custo ...Read More

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