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LATINO POLICY INSTITUTE APPLAUDS FEDERAL COURT DECISION FOR 2020 CENSUS

PROVIDENCE, , Jan. 16, 2019 - Tuesday's federal court decision blocking the inclusion of a citizenship question in the upcoming 2020 census comes as a victory for states, municipalities, and especially many immigrant communities, including Latinos. When the decision to include a question regarding a person's citizenship status was announced by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr. in March 2018, three Rhode Island municipalities - Central Falls, Providence, and Pawtucket - as well as good-government organizations such as Common Cause Rhode Island and the American Civil Liberties Union took the lead in voicing their concern and opposition. As stated…
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House Republicans Tank Bill to Reopen Government While Border Security Negotiations Continue

Longest government shutdown in history will continue as Coast Guard members miss their first paychecks   WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H. J. Res. 27, a bill that would reopen the government through February 1 to allow for continued border security negotiations:   “The Trump shutdown is now the longest in American history, and thanks to the President and his Republican colleagues, there is no end in sight. Today, the brave members of our Coast Guard missed their first paychecks, putting 332 Rhode Island families in the untenable position of wondering whether…
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Congressional Delegation Joins Unpaid Federal Employees to Call for End to Trump Shutdown

Hundreds of federal employees in Rhode Island have gone without pay since the shutdown began even as they perform critical services   WARWICK, —  Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined federal employees at Green Airport today to call on President Trump to immediately reopen the federal government. Since the shutdown began 24 days ago, an estimated 800,000 federal workers — including hundreds of TSA agents and air traffic controllers at Green — have either been furloughed or required to work without a paycheck.   “We rely on TSA agents and air traffic controllers…
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Rhode Island Department of Human Services on SNAP Benefits for February

This afternoon Rhode Island Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins held a press conference to discuss pending impacts to SNAP benefits and other safety net programs in light of the federal shutdown. The SNAP program supports nearly 15% of Rhode Islanders, and is a critical safety net program ensuring low income families have food on their tables. In December alone, $ in SNAP benefits were issued to more than 93,000 households, supporting more than 150,000 Rhode Islanders. SNAP benefits are paid in full by the federal government and are at risk of running out if the government shutdown continues into March. RI Department of Human…
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Trump: I Never Worked for Russia’

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russia," days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russia and President Vladimir Putin. "I think it's a disgrace you even asked that question," Trump told a reporter who queried him about his ties to Russia outside the White House as he prepared to leave for New Orleans to speak at a farm convention. The New York Times reported over the weekend that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials started investigating whether Trump "was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence" because of his…
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Veterans Feel the Pinch, Weigh the Cost of Government Shutdown

VOA News/Carla Babb FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINA — It is more than three weeks into the partial government shutdown. Among the hundreds of thousands of federal employees affected by the political battle are military veterans. According to the latest government data, veterans make up about a third of the federal government’s civilian workforce. Tyler Holmquist of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a veteran and an employee of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He’s one of the federal workers furloughed in the government shutdown, unable to work or collect pay. “You just start making adjustments. You start cutting eating out. You try to make less trips…
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Trump Walks Out of Meeting After Democrats Refuse Border Wall Funding

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Michael Bowman WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with top Democratic lawmakers at the White House Wednesday after they again refused his demand for funding to build a wall on the border to thwart illegal immigration. Trump on Twitter called his brief discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer "a total waste of time." The president said he asked them whether they would approve a wall or a steel barrier at the border if he agreed to end the 19-day partial government shutdown and while negotiations…
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No Sign of Compromise on Wall at US-Mexico Border

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Michael Bowman President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are meeting again Wednesday, but there were no signs they were ready to compromise over Trump's demand for funding for construction of a barrier wall along the border, a dispute that has led to a 19-day partial government shutdown. Trump is having lunch on Capitol Hill with Senate Republicans and later meeting at the White House with both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the day after Trump called for construction of the border barrier in a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, his first during…
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White House Paints Crisis at Border, Considers Declaring National Emergency

Patsy Widakuswara WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pushing hard to portray the southern border with Mexico as an imminent "humanitarian and national security crisis" to win support for border wall funding in a fight with lawmakers that has brought the country to a 17-day partial government shutdown. Vice President Mike Pence, in a briefing to reporters Monday, stressed that there is a "bona fide crisis" at the border, and blamed Democrats for "refusing to negotiate" to reopen the government. Pence was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who said that status quo funding and laws are "not able to…
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