Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 4, 2019, 9:38 AM GMT By Phil McCausland HAZLETON, Penn. — The debate over immigration reform found its footing in the hills surrounding this blue-collar town well before President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding sent America into the longest government shutdown in its history. In 2006, then-city mayor Lou Barletta brought the national gaze to Hazleton when he pushed for a city ordinance that fined landlords for renting to undocumented immigrants and denied business permits to employers who hired undocumented immigrants. Barletta, who served in the House of Representatives before losing a Senate race to Bob Casey in 2018, pursued the crackdown as the city’s demographics were changing drastically. Hazleton’s growing industrial parks were drawing more Hispanics to the city while white residents were leaving … [Read more...] about Before Trump’s State of the Union, Pennsylvania town considers impact of immigration
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Civil rights icon Barbara Jordan warned more than two decades ago of mass legal immigration’s impact on black Americans. To this day, her reforms to aid the black community have remained a dream. In a television ad on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NumbersUSA — the organization that fights for American workers in the immigration debate — is running an ad featuring Jordan’s famed recommendations to Congress in 1995.“The commission finds no national interest in continuing to import lesser skilled and unskilled workers to compete in the most vulnerable parts of our labor force,” Jordan said at a presentation in August 1995 as the chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. “Many American workers do not have adequate job prospects,” Jordan said. “We should make their task easier to find employment, not harder.” At the time of Jordan’s recommendations, the U.S. was admitting a little less than a million … [Read more...] about MLK Day: Decades Later, Immigration in the Interests of Black America Remains a Dream
For many in San Antonio, 2018 was a year of change and goodbyes, as notable personalities including Sheryl Sculley, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili said their farewells. The year ended with the sudden death on Dec. 27 of longtime Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who was 83. It was also a year of tragedy and recovery. In San Marcos, five young people died in an apartment fire, while in Sutherland Springs, the survivors of a November 2017 shooting that claimed 26 lives and left 20 wounded, continued to struggle in the aftermath. On the political front, President Trump’s immigration policies sent troops to the border and rattled South Texas communities. In the midterm elections, Beto O’Rourk came close but Sen. Ted Cruz prevailed in his re-election. In Bexar County, Democrats rolled to impressive wins and two charter amendments backed by the firefighters union were approved. Meanwhile, former state Sen. Carlos Uresti prepared for a lengthy prison term, following … [Read more...] about Immigration, elections and farewells led the local news in 2018
By ERIC LIPTON, STEVE EDER and JOHN BRANCH DEC. 26, 2018 In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback with little parallel in the past half-century. This Is Our Reality Now BAKERSFIELD, Calif. THOMPSONS, Tex. CHARLESTON, W.Va. FORT BERTHOLD, N.D. In California, where over a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts are grown, farm workers are being sickened by a pesticide that the Obama administration tried to ban. In the heart of West Virginia’s coal country, the state’s largest inland waterway is still being contaminated with hundreds of pounds of selenium, a pollutant that can wipe out aquatic life, as well as smaller amounts of arsenic and mercury. A coal-burning power plant in the suburban sprawl of Houston, one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolises, is getting a free pass to continue spewing harmful levels of sulfur dioxide into the air. Far to the north, on the Fort … [Read more...] about President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment Is Affecting Communities Across America
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