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    PNS Daily News - August 5, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains uncertain as another political showdown looms; and America’s failing roads are costing drivers hundreds of dollars in extra vehicle service and maintenance expense each year; and we report on a major wilderness designation in Idaho.

Immigrant Issues

PHOTO: Local faith leaders gathered Wednesday in support of LGBT activist Sulma Franco, currently living in sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin. They released a letter, with signatures from over 60 clergy, urging U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportation proceedings. Photo credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri ...Read More

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez Garcia, whose case has become a symbol for millions of immigrants in the United States, is headed home from a church sanctuary setting after receiving a letter from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement saying he was not a priority for deportation. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

DENVER - Colorado immigrant Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the "sanctuary" of a Denver Unitarian church on Tuesday. After months working with lawyers and activists, Garcia received a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirming that he was not a priority for deportatio ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of a dozen immigrant-rights groups launched a voter-registration drive that will rely on young people to convince Long Islanders in working-class and minority communities to register to vote. Photo credit: Steve McFarland

NEW YORK - A major voter-registration drive kicked off Thursday in Patchogue with the goal of registering 2,500 new voters in working-class, African-American and immigrant communities on Long Island. Fabian Torres, a movement-building organizer for Strong Youth Inc., is among the young people who ...Read More

PHOTO: Medical care for undocumented immigrants passed the California Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday, although the bill was scaled back significantly from what originally was passed by the state Senate. Photo credit: clarita/morguefile.

Undocumented immigrants who had hoped to get Medi-Cal coverage this year will have to wait, but they may be able to buy into plans on the Covered California exchange. The scaled-back version of Senate Bill 4 passed the state Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday. According to attorney Amparo Cid ...Read More

PHOTO: Antonia Alarcon intends to join an action in Manhattan today in solidarity with President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Reform. Advocates say undocumented Long Islander residents are in need of action by the Fifth Circuit after the latest hate crime incident. Photo courtesy: Make the Road NY.

NEW YORK - The fate of President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration is in the hands of a federal appeals court in New Orleans today, but plenty of attention is being paid in New York. Pat Young, program director with the Central American Refugee Center in Brentwood, says there are an estimate ...Read More

PHOTO: Mentors are needed across the state for ASPIRE, a program that pairs middle school and high school students with mentors to help kids explore and consider college and career options. Photo courtesy of ASPIRE.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon will soon be rethinking the way English-Language Learner (ELL) students are taught – and how funds are spent in support of that mission, after Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law this week to convene an advisory group on the matter. One state-sponsored program is ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

PHOTO: The father of Jose de Jesus Deniz Sahagun wants to see the security tapes showing his son's alleged suicide at the Eloy Detention Center, saying, "They say my son swallowed a sock and a toothbrush. How is that possible?" Photo courtesy of Puente Human Rights Movement.

PHOENIX – The family of a man who died at the Eloy Detention Center last month is demanding an independent investigation, saying it has serious doubts about the story behind his death. Jose de Jesus Deniz Sahagun, 31, died in custody May 20, just days after arriving at the facility. An autop ...Read More

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