U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halts Texas sanctuary law – The Washington Post

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a severe state immigration law that was supposed to take effect Friday and would have outlawed sanctuary cities and penalized local officials who do not cooperate with federal deportation efforts.The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia delivers another temporary blow to the Trump administration’s campaign to compel sanctuary cities to detain immigrants so that federal agents can take them into custody.“The Court was right to strike down the guts of a law that is not only patently unconstitutional but bad policy as well,” said Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer who argued against the case in court on behalf of several Texas cities and towns. “Hopefully other states will now not follow Texas’ lead.”

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EEOC  Sues Illinois Action for Children for Disability Discrimination

EEOC Sues Illinois Action for Children for Disability Discrimination Employer Fired Employee with Cancer Instead of Granting Request for Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges CHICAGO – Illinois Action for Children fired an employee who was on leave receiving treatment for breast cancer rather than granting her request for additional leave for more treatment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.  Such alleged conduct violates under the Americans with

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis freezes Trump’s anti-transgender troop directive: report

n Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suspended President Donald Trump’s order banning transgender people from serving in the military, USA Today reports.Mattis’ announcement said that the department is conducting a study to assess the financial impact transgender service members have on the military.

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Samim Bigzad: UK Government’s attempt to deport Afghan asylum seeker fails after pilot refuses to take off | The Independent

The deportation of a young Afghan man refused asylum by the Government has been dramatically stayed after the pilot of the plane he was supposed to be removed on refused to take off.Samim Bigzad’s friends and family feared their efforts to prevent him being forced back to Kabul had failed when he was detained and booked on commercial flight to Afghanistan via Istanbul.The 22-year-old’s cousin previously told The Independent he feared he would be killed in the city he fled two years ago after being threatened with beheading by the Taliban

Source: Samim Bigzad: UK Government’s attempt to deport Afghan asylum seeker fails after pilot refuses to take off | The Independent

Ford Motor Company to Pay up to $10.125 Million To Settle EEOC Harassment Investigation

Ford Motor Company to Pay up to $10.125 Million To Settle EEOC Harassment Investigation Blacks and Women Subjected to Harassment at Two Chicago Facilities, Federal Agency Found CHICAGO – Ford Motor Company has agreed to pay up to $10.125 million to settle sex and race harassment for a group of individuals which was investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at two Ford plants, the federal agency announced today. In its investigation, the EEOC found reasonable cause to believe

Source: Ford Motor Company to Pay up to $10.125 Million To Settle EEOC Harassment Investigation

EEOC Sues Time Warner Cable & Charter Communications for Firing an Employee With a Disability | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – JDSupra

Company Failed to Accommodate Employee and Terminated Her Within Days of Learning of Her Medical Diagnosis, Federal Agency ChargesLOS ANGELES –  The U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit today charging that Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, DBA Spectrum, Inc. violated federal discrimination law by refusing to accommodate an employee with a disability and firing her days after learning of her diagnosis. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Time Warner Cable initially granted the employee unpaid leave when she requested an accommodation to seek medical attention for her disability. The EEOC alleges that once Time Warner Cable learned of the employee’s disability diagnosis, they failed to provide her additional unpaid leave so that she could undergo treatment for her medical condition.

Source: EEOC Sues Time Warner Cable & Charter Communications for Firing an Employee With a Disability | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – JDSupra

Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one.His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base.This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant to empower them after the violence in Charlottesville.Arpaio is their darling. Arpaio is now back on his pedestal thanks to their president.

Source: Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one.His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base.This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant to empower them after the violence in Charlottesville.Arpaio is their darling. Arpaio is now back on his pedestal thanks to their president.

Source: Donald Trump resurrects former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from irrelevance

Trump administration introduces green card hurdle – POLITICO

Immigration authorities will require an in-person interview for certain applicants for green cards, a change likely to slow the process of obtaining one.The new requirement, which was confirmed Friday by a spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will apply to anyone moving from an employment-based visa to lawful permanent residency. Visa holders who are family members of refugees or people who receive asylum will also be required to undergo an in-person interview when they apply for provisional status, a stage that precedes receiving a green card, according to USCIS.

Source: Trump administration introduces green card hurdle – POLITICO