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Following President Obama’s ease on travel restrictions to Cuba by U.S. citizens or residents with family in Cuba, the travel industry is urging the government to broaden the list of ports of entry to and from Cuba.  Currently, the three international airports with flights to Cuba are Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. (more…)

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A report issued Tuesday assessing the federal government’s regulation of immigration detention centers found detainees were being denied sufficient recreation time and not given adequate access to attorneys, legal materials and telephones. The report is based on reviews conducted by customs officials from 2001 to 2005, the American Bar Association and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. (more…)

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veloz

Hector Veloz is a U.S. citizen, the son of a decorated Vietnam veteran.  But, in 2007 he was thrown in an Arizona prison for 14 months when he was mistaken for an illegal immigrant. Veloz was able to prove his citizenship from behind bars with the help of an aunt who tracked down his and his father’s birth certificate plus his parent’s marriage certificate, and his father’s school, military and Social Security records. (more…)

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sonia2

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 to endorse the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Every Democratic member of the committee voted in favor of the nominee. Lindsey Graham (SC) was the sole Republican who voted for Sotomayor. (more…)

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Sessions

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. She is virtually certain to be confirmed by a vote of the full Senate by the end of next week, becoming the first Latina justice. (more…)

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luisjimenez

Today, in the South Florida town of Stuart, a jury found that a hospital which chartered a plane and sent a brain injured illegal immigrant back to his home country of Guatemala, over objections of his family and legal guardian, acted reasonably. (more…)

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cornyn

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Senator Patrick J. Leahy announced that the committee vote on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court would be held on July 28; he expressed confidence that she would be confirmed in time for the Supreme Court’s first meeting on Sept. 9. (more…)

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