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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 

    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Immigrant Issues

State legal status would give undocumented immigrants access to drivers licenses, tuition assistance and more. Credit: Steve White/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Headline-grabbing comments on immigration from 2016 presidential candidates such as Donald Trump have recharged the national debate. But while Congress drags its feet on immigration reform, some state lawmakers in New York are hoping recent interest in the issue draws support for a bi ...Read More

Immigrant-rights advocates held a vigil at the State House on Wednesday night to call attention to hate speech. Courtesy Centro Presente

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire. Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night ...Read More

Immigrant rights groups say the GOP must denounce anti-immigrant statements if it wants to attract Latino voters. Credit: FIRM

NEW YORK - It was a combative exchange that lit up the Internet, and GOP candidate Donald Trump's treatment of prominent Univision reporter Jorge Ramos is getting plenty of reaction in New York. Joselo Lucero is a 41-year-old immigrant rights activist on Long Island. He saw the exchange on televi ...Read More

Many parents of non-English-speaking children don't know they are entitled to translation services. Credit: Aryo T. Handono/USAID

PHILADELPHIA - A federal class-action lawsuit claims that thousands of non-English-speaking parents in Philadelphia are being denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the special-education process. Parental involvement is critical to meeting the needs of children with learning disabili ...Read More

Since 2011 the NYS Department of Labor has recovered almost $100 million for victims of wage theft. Photo credit: Scott Richard/

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Workers at a Brooklyn cleaning service say their boss took them to the cleaners, and he now faces charges of wage theft. The employees were promised $10 to $14 an hour to clean houses and apartments, working shifts up to 16 hours long, but often weren't paid what they were ow ...Read More

Immigrant advocates met with the Riverhead Town Board to discuss concerns about anti-immigrant statements. Photo Courtesy: Long Island Wins.

NEW YORK - From the presidential campaign trail to the town of Riverhead on Long Island, there has been plenty of tough talk about illegal immigrants this summer and some are concerned it may be inspiring acts of violence. Last week, two brothers were charged with beating a homeless Latino man in ...Read More

About 105,000 Floridians are eligible for the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). Workshops are being held in Miami on Saturday. Photo credit: avidcreative/iStock

MIAMI - Immigration advocates are pushing to get as many eligible people as possible enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ahead of the presidential election next year. That's because candidates such as Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have promised to end the program. D ...Read More

A new survey of Latino voters finds them focused on environmental issues, and willing to pay more for clean power to fight climate change. Chart by Latino Decisions.

RICHMOND, Va. - Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll. The national survey done for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos found four out of five very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate change. Adrian Pantoja i ...Read More

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