News Clips Jan. 17, 2010

Thousands protest sheriff’s immigration efforts

PHOENIX — Thousands of immigrant rights advocates marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix Saturday in a protest that was aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration efforts and was marked by a clash between a small group of protesters and police officers.

Youth step up in immigration debate

Undocumented students go public to push reforms
When she was a top student in her Chicago high school French class last year, Reyna Wences tried every excuse to avoid a planned field trip to Quebec. She secretly longed to join but knew she’d be arrested if she tried.

“Is it the money?” she recalled her teacher at Walter Payton Prep asking.Wences, fed up with the double life she’d been leading since her parents brought her into the country illegally nine years ago, finally said: “You know what? I’m undocumented.”,0,4772766.story

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Intersection of Immigration and Civil Rights

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose dream of equality and human rights changed the course of history. His legacy will be remembered this week by people of all colors and creeds who still believe in the American dream and who continue to fight for equality, civil rights and the basic human dignity they deserve. Over the weekend, thousands of human rights activists took to the street in Phoenix, Arizona, to march for civil rights and for “long-overdue federal action on immigration.”So how is immigration a civil rights issue? In a recent editorial, Rev. Harvey Clemons Jr., the pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Houston, connects Dr. King’s fight for equality with the struggle many immigrants face today.

Gutierrez On Immigration Reform: “This Is The Year We’re Gonna Get It Done”

In both a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and the legacy of the broader civil rights movement, more than 1,000 people packed the First Baptist Congregational Church on Chicago’s West Side Saturday to rally for immigration reform. It’s no surprise that activists grew frustrated last year over the lack of action by Congress and the Obama administration. In an effort to build momentum, Rep. Luis Gutierrez introduced a bill last month that outlines a plan for overhauling the nation’s immigration system to create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans.

Obama’s health care plans could change drastically today

Get ready for what might be the biggest legislative donnybrook in quite some time.

If Republican Scott Brown wins the special Senate race in Massachusetts, Democrats will try to speed up completion of the health care bill, while Republicans will be urging that Brown be seated in the Senate as soon as possible.

Census to hire 1,000 local workers


The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring 1,000 temporary employees to ensure an accurate enumeration of people in Southern Colorado.
Count on it.
Emily King, assistant manager for recruiting at the Pueblo census office, on Monday said hiring is taking off slowly but will pick up in March.


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