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Court Again Finds Intentional Racial Discrimination in Texas Voting Rights Case

-- by Tierney Sneed, TPM:

A divided 3-judge panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that the Texas legislature in 2011 drew its state house districts with the intention of diluting minority voters.

ICE Immigration Arrests of Non-Criminals Double Under Trump

-- by Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post:

Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding.

California Chief Justice Protests Immigration Agents "Stalking" Courts

-- by Matt Shuham, TPM.com:

The chief justice of the California Supreme Court wrote to the attorney general and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Thursday, expressing concern about reports that immigration agents were “stalking” courthouses in an effort to target undocumented immigrants for arrest.

Trump's Assault on Immigrants Will Seriously Damage the Economy

-- by Herman Schwartz, The Nation:

President Trump has promised to add millions of “good jobs” to the US economy and to raise the gross domestic product by more than 4 percent annually, at one point asserting: “I think we can do better than that”—as much as 6 percent. “This is the most pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family plan put forth in the history of our country,” he proclaimed.

Immigrants Are Going Hungry So They Won't Be Deported

-- by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post:

Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating. She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.

Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said. Increasingly, she’s being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.

Court-Ordered Texas Congressional Remap Could Put State's Only Swing District in Play Again

-- by Jordan Rudner The Dallas Morning News:

In Texas, where almost all congressional districts are safely in the red or blue column, the 23rd District, stretching from El Paso to San Antonio, represents a rare swing seat.

Homeland Security Chief Admits He's Considering Splitting Children from Parents at the Border

-- by Elise Foley, The Huffington Post:

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday that he’s considering splitting children from their parents if they arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization.

Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

-- by Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post:

Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

The New Immigration Order: A Disaster in the Making

-- by Janet Murgia for The Washington Post:

The writer is president and chief executive of the National Council of La Raza.

Some of the darkest chapters in U.S. history have involved forcibly relocating minority populations: the slave trade, the Trail of Tears, Operation Wetback and the internment of citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Each was considered legal and justified in its time. Now they are condemned as assaults on the values that define our nation.

Advocates Warn "Dreamers" to Lie Low as Trump Ramps Up Deportation Plans

-- by David Nakamura, The Washington Post:

Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups are advising undocumented immigrants not to enroll in a federal deferred-action program created by President Barack Obama over fears that the Trump administration will use their personal information to detain and deport them.

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