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  • 04.30.18

    Voter ID Laws

    21 million Americans do not have government-issued ID and many of them cannot vote in 34 states that require it. In addition, these ID laws disproportionately disenfranchise elderly, poor, and minority populations....

    21 million Americans do not have government-issued ID and many of them cannot vote in 34 states that require it. In addition, these ID laws disproportionately disenfranchise elderly, poor, and minority populations.

  • 04.07.18

    5 Reasons The NRA Is Wrong

    The next time you hear someone repeating pro-gun NRA propaganda, respond with these five points....

    The next time you hear someone repeating pro-gun NRA propaganda, respond with these five points.

    Tags: Gun Laws, NRA, Guns
  • 08.01.17

    State Laws and Policies: Emergency Contraception

    This article outlines the emergency contraceptive laws in each of the 50 states. Overall, "18 states and the District of Columbia require hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception-related services to sexual assault victims" while "9 states have adopted restrictions on emergency contraception."...

    This article outlines the emergency contraceptive laws in each of the 50 states. 

    Overall, "18 states and the District of Columbia require hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception–related services to sexual assault victims" while "9 states have adopted restrictions on emergency contraception." 

  • 03.07.17

    Bill To Watch - HR 899

    On February 7, 2017, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky introduced a bill to terminate the Department of Education on December 31, 2018. As of March 6, 2017 the bill has eight co-sponsors. This article allows you to read the bill and see its co-sponsors....

    On February 7, 2017, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky introduced a bill to terminate the Department of Education on December 31, 2018. As of March 6, 2017 the bill has eight co-sponsors. 

    This article allows you to read the bill and see its co-sponsors.

  • 01.01.17

    Immigration and Naturalization Law Through The Years

    This article from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services gives an overview of immigration law in the United States from the initial "relatively free and open immigration" during the 18th and early 19th centuries, through the changes to the policy based on internal views on immigrant in the United States, and the...

    This article from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services gives an overview of immigration law in the United States from the initial "relatively free and open immigration" during the 18th and early 19th centuries, through the changes to the policy based on internal views on immigrant in the United States, and the changes that were in response to international events like World War I, World War II, and September 11.

    Each legal element changed the makeup and experience of immigrants entering the United States, as well as the focus of immigration services. The USCIS states that after 9/11, "The emphasis of American immigration law enforcement became border security and removing criminal aliens to protect the nation from terrorist attacks. At the same time the United States retained its commitment to welcoming lawful immigrants and supporting their integration and participation in American civic culture."

  • 12.30.16

    2016 Immigration Enforcement Actions

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "engages in immigration enforcement actions to prevent unlawful entry into the United States and to apprehend and repatriate aliens who have violated or failed to comply with U.S. immigration laws." This report outlines the results of immigration policy put into place in 2...

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "engages in immigration enforcement actions to prevent unlawful entry into the United States and to apprehend and repatriate aliens who have violated or failed to comply with U.S. immigration laws."

    This report outlines the results of immigration policy put into place in 2014."The 2014 priorities emphasize criminal convictions over criminal arrests, and focus on felonies and significant or multiple misdemeanors over minor infractions of the law. The priorities also focus on forward-looking efforts to further reduce unlawful migration by targeting recent border crossers and those who significantly abuse the visa system."

    It finds that the vast majority of actions taken by the DHS and ultimate deportations can be categorized as "Priority." These reasons include: national security and border security (priority 1A and 1B) through to   significant visa abuse (2D) and Removal Order after January 2014 (3). "Virtually all (99.7 percent) removals and returns were classified within one of the three enforcement priority categories. 94 percent were classified within a Priority 1 category."

  • 12.05.14

    The Battle To Protect The Vote

    In this report, Ben Jealous and his colleague Ryan Haygood investigate the effects of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that "invalidated core protections in the Voting Rights Act" They specifically look at 5 states that enacted laws that would have been, or were, considered discri...

    In this report, Ben Jealous and his colleague Ryan Haygood investigate the effects of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that "invalidated core protections in the Voting Rights Act"

    They specifically look at 5 states that enacted laws that would have been, or were, considered discriminatory and therefore would not have been put into effect for the 2014 elections. These states are: Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia

    The report finds that "it is clear that the number of people predicted to face increased difficulties in voting during this election either approaches or exceeds the margins of victory for competitive statewide races." In addition, "Consistent with a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, finding that photo ID laws lower voter turnout, especially among voters of color."

    Battle Vote Table 1

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