Civil Rights & Immigration

Immigration reform blocked from Congress’ reconciliation bill, Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Afghans likely to find Georgia a more welcoming place than prior refugees

BY: - September 17, 2021

Eleven-year-old Heval Mohamed Kelli thought his family was going on vacation after crossing the Syrian border into Turkey in 1996 as his father paid smugglers to fly them to safety in Germany. He was unaware at the time of the political persecution his father, an attorney, faced in Syria or of how life would change […]

House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

BY: - September 6, 2021

A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers; farmworker workers; those who hold a Temporary […]

Georgia AG joins court fight against Biden administration transgender protections

BY: - August 31, 2021

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining counterparts in 19 other states to sue the Biden administration over federal anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. “The administration is willfully circumventing the authority of Congress and ignoring the rule of law with this regulatory overreach,” Carr said in a statement. “There is an established process to change […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]

COMMENTARY

DACA: Nine years later, many remain unfree in the land of the free

BY: - August 22, 2021

President Barack Obama stated that undocumented individuals “are American in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one – on paper” as he announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program in June 2012. It hit home. I was six years old when my mother, a single mother of three and a […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through Virginia, Wisconsin military bases

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army base […]

Ossoff proposes federal response to new state election laws in Right to Vote Act

BY: - August 5, 2021

Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff introduced legislation Wednesday that he says will protect Americans’ right to vote from state legislatures. “We see that politicians in Georgia and in states across the country are seeking to restrict access to the ballot, targeting Black voters just to gain a partisan advantage in elections,” Ossoff said at a virtual […]

Georgia’s hot summer of political mapmaking drama takes Capitol step

BY: - June 29, 2021

Georgia lawmakers held their first in-person hearing Monday on the once-a-decade process to redraw boundaries for the state’s congressional and legislative districts, introducing the public to a partisan drama set to play out this year.  Earlier this month, state House and Senate committees in charge of redistricting and reapportionment held a virtual hearing for residents […]

Relief payments to Black farmers stalled by conservative group lawsuits

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON—Former Trump administration officials and conservative and libertarian nonprofits have launched lawsuits to block federal relief funds aimed at Black and minority farmers—a development that House Agriculture Committee Chairman and Atlanta Democrat David Scott calls “an evil system at work here.” Suits have been filed in Florida, Wisconsin and Texas that say it’s unconstitutional to […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the White […]

Supreme Court sides with Catholic agency in gay foster care dispute

BY: - June 17, 2021

A unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday handed a victory to a Philadelphia Catholic organization fighting with the city to continue rejecting applications from prospective foster parents who are in same-sex relationships. The decision falls short of a decisive win, either for those who seek to uphold religious liberty or those who champion […]