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Latinos been barred from entering a meeting

Several Democrats from a Latino advocacy group in Congress have been barred from entering a meeting with immigration officials, according to reports.
Two more members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) were asked to leave the conference with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Tom Homan.
Representative Luis Gutiérrez and Norma Torres said Republican leaders told them to leave the meeting, which included a discussion about deportation raids.
They said they were not invited, despite CHP members reportedly requesting the meeting in the first place.

Find out more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/latino-politicians-barred-entering-immigration-meeting-ice-director-guti-rrez-norma-torres-a7586076.html

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Trump plans to issue a revised version of temporary travel ban

President Trump plans to issue a revised version of his temporary travel ban targeting majority-Muslim countries as early as Tuesday, with a likely focus on fewer people so it will survive legal challenges.
The new order, according to a draft obtained by the Associated Press, would focus on the same seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — but would only bar entry to those without a visa and who have never entered the United States before. Unlike the original order, people from those countries who already have permanent U.S. residency (green cards) or visas would not face any restrictions.

Find out more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/20/donald-trump-set-to-issue-new-revised-travel-ban-against-majority-muslim-countries/98167072/

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Bad news for American universities

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teens attempted suicide where same-sex marriage was legal

Fewer U.S. teens attempted suicide in states where same-sex marriage was legal in the years leading up to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling upholding gay marriage, according to a new study.
Analyzing data from 1999 to 2015, researchers found a 7% reduction in suicide attempts among high school students in the 32 states that legalized same-sex marriage. There was a 14% declined among students categorized as sexual minorities, specifically gays, lesbians and bisexuals, according to the study.
More than 29% of gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students nationwide reported attempting suicide within the past 12 months, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data, whose long-term data researchers relied on for the study. That's compared with about 6% of heterosexual students.

Find out more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/02/20/teen-suicide-down-as-same-sex-marriage-legalized-study/98179684/

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Supporters of LGBT community said the fight will continue

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Nearly 30 percent more Latinos in Texas voted in November

Nearly 30 percent more Latinos in Texas voted in November than in the 2012 election, outpacing the increase in that time for non-Latino voters, according to a state report.
The rise signals to some observers that elections will become increasingly competitive in the Lone Star State.
The share of the electorate with a Spanish surname increased to 19.4 percent in 2016 from 17.2 percent, the figures released by the Texas Legislative Council show. State officials determined the numbers using a count based on a list of surnames and the findings don't account for every Latino voter.
Latinos make up 38 percent of the Texas population but tend to vote at lower rates than other groups in Texas or Latinos in other states, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Texas Democrats have long awaited a voter surge among Latinos that could break the Republican stranglehold on statewide elected offices. Democrats don't hold a single one.

Find out more: http://www.usnews.com/news/texas/articles/2017-02-13/highlights-from-in-and-around-the-world-of-texas-politics

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Officers last week arrested more than 680 people

U.S. immigration officers last week arrested more than 680 people in the country illegally, the homeland security chief said on Monday, in a broad enforcement action that alarmed immigrant rights groups.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations, conducted in at least a dozen states, were routine and consistent with regular operations carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Immigrant rights advocates said the operations, which they describe as raids, were not business as usual, and were more sweeping than operations conducted during the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama.

Find out more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-raids-idUSKBN15S2AQ

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The Threat at the Table

By Mario Solis Marich

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Three weeks ago we saw thousands of families being kept apart in the name of national security. Over the last week we watched hundreds of families being torn apart in the name of national security. Last night we found out that a tremendous threat to national security was not standing for hours in airport lines or kneeling while picking in agricultural fields but comfortably sitting across the table from the President United States in the White House.

One would hope that by now the American people would have learned that when Donald Trump tells you to look to the right you should be looking at him dead center. Important questions remain of what the President know and when did he know. As these questions are resolved we should all take into account that the distractions that this White House is employing in order to appear to be keeping his campaign promises are destructive and harmful to a whole groups of people that only have one thing in common they represent “ the other”.

This observation is not some liberal paranoid fear or grousing because Democrats lost the election it is an objective look at the last 20 days. The fundamental question that Americans have to ask right now is how much damage are we willing to allow the President to do two real working families, to the huddled masses yearning to be free, to our national integrity, to the soul of what it is to be American, before we make the congress act.

The threats to national security are not the phantom fraud voters, or non-existent masses of mythically conjured immigrant murderers and rapists, or the victims of Isis that somehow transform into terrorists the second they hit our shores. The current threat to national security is an administration that does not have the ability to distinguish fact from fiction, a Presidency that does not know how to lead the intelligence community, and a group of national advisers that have opaque relationships with one of our most aggressive international enemies.

We are called to act as Americans in two ways: first to defend the families that are bearing the brunt of the chaos that is being emitted from Washington DC and second to demand that our representatives in the US Congress use every tool at their disposal in order to bring the administration into the reality of our republic, the courage of our ideals and the demands of our constitution.

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Mexico Ready to Hit the US Hard

By Mario Solis Marich

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Mexico is ready to retaliate against Trump's bullying. Ironically it will hurt the mid-west first.

Here is the story :

http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/13/news/economy/mexico-trump-us-corn/index.html

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Obamacare Debate is Back!

By Mario Solis Marich

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USA again debating how to pay for healthcare coverage

The United States is once again debating how to pay for healthcare coverage, though a breakthrough is unlikely.
New York, United States - After less than a month of President Donald Trump and his team of business-friendly nationalists occupying the West Wing, his predecessor, Barack Obama, already seems like a dot fast disappearing on the horizon.
Trump and his fellow Republicans have long vowed to rip up Obama's legacy. Headlining their agenda is the low-cost healthcare policy that bears his name - Obamacare - which looks bound for the dustbin of history.
To many in the rich world, delivering reasonably priced healthcare for all is viewed as a job for government. But the US plays by its own rules. Americans are typically insured by employers or expect to pay doctor's bills from their own pocket.
When it was passed in 2010, Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it is formally known, was designed to provide reasonably priced health insurance to the estimated 15 percent of Americans who were not covered.

Find out more: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/02/170208090327152.html

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