Biden administration provides guidance on diversity in college admissions
By: Ariana Figueroa - August 15, 2023
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and Department of Education jointly released guidance on Monday to colleges and universities about how to consider race in admissions decisions, following the Supreme Court’s summer decision that struck down affirmative action in higher education. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, on a call with reporters, said higher education institutions can […]
States seek to let teens as young as 14 serve booze in restaurants
By: Ariana Figueroa - August 7, 2023
WASHINGTON — As a former bartender and current tipped worker, Trupti Patel knows that customers tend to get grabby when there is alcohol involved. After working in the food service industry for more than a decade, she is accustomed to dealing with drunk customers who get out of hand, especially if they become belligerent or […]
Decrying attempts to ‘bury history,’ Biden designates Emmett Till national monument
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 30, 2023
WASHINGTON — On what would have been the 82nd birthday of Emmett Till, a Black boy kidnapped and murdered by two white men in Mississippi, President Joe Biden on Tuesday designated a new national monument at sites connected to the lynching that became a catalyst for the civil rights movement. “Telling the truth and the […]
Parents have no right to allow their children’s gender transition, Republicans say
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 27, 2023
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on a panel for limited federal government on Thursday argued that parents should not be allowed to let their transgender children have access to gender-affirming care. “A parent has no right to sexually transition a young child,” the chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government, […]
Biden border policies ripped by U.S. House GOP as impeachment threats ramp up
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 26, 2023
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday faced off with Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, who did not directly call for his impeachment but strongly criticized his oversight of the agency. “I know that today Secretary Mayorkas is going to try to paint a rosy picture of this disastrous […]
Public schools banned from sheltering migrants under bill passed by U.S. House
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 21, 2023
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House has passed a bill to bar the use of public K-12 school facilities to provide shelter for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. The bill, approved 222-201, is known as the “Schools Not Shelters Act” and is a rebuke of the Biden administration’s immigration policy. If enacted into law, public […]
National bill on voting standards pushed anew by Democrats in Congress
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 19, 2023
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Tuesday said they plan to again introduce a bill to set national voting standards in response to state legislatures passing strict voting laws. The bill, known in a previous Congress as the Freedom to Vote Act, would establish national standards for early voting, mail-in ballots and protection of poll workers […]
More than 800K student loan borrowers to have debt forgiven, White House announces
By: Ariana Figueroa - July 14, 2023
More than 43M Americans have student loan debt, and federal estimates show that debt totals more than $1.76T.
U.S. Supreme Court rules against Biden administration student loan debt relief plan
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 30, 2023
More than 43M Americans have student loan debt, with the estimated total pegged at more than $1.76T.
U.S. House Dems seek to stiffen penalties for employers violating federal child labor law
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 30, 2023
The measure would also prevent states from easing federal child labor standards.
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down use of affirmative action in college admissions
By: Ariana Figueroa and Ashley Murray - June 29, 2023
In a 6-3 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, wrote that the admissions processes at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
‘We’re just trying to live our lives’: DACA hits 11-year mark still mired in the courts
By: Ariana Figueroa - June 17, 2023
For more than two decades, Congress has tried and failed to pass immigration reform.