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MALDEF BLOCKED TEXAS´ DISCRIMINATORY LAW IN FEDERAL COURT Voter-ID Law

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Court Holds Texas Law Will Harm Minority VotersWASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal court in Washington DC issued a ruling in Texas v. Holder denying preclearance under the Voting Rights Act for Texas' proposed voter ID law. The court concluded that Texas was unable to show that its voter identification law was non-discriminatory. Moreover, the court found that the law will weigh more heavily on the poor and racial minorities in the state, which is likely to reduce minority voter strength overall. This is precisely what the Voting Rights Act was enacted to prevent. MALDEF along with other civil rights organizations intervened in the lawsuit – brought by Texas against attorney General Eric Holder – to defend the rights of minority voters. After examining the law's discriminatory effect on minorities, the court further concluded that Texas' voter identification law was "the most stringent in the country." While the court did not rule out all voter identification laws, the d…

ICE´S TOP TOP 5 STORIES OF THE WEEK...Man arrested for transporting teen girl for prostitution...MORE

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Sept. 6, 2012 — Man arrested for transporting teen girl for prostitution U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents arrested a Guatemalan who transported and prostituted a teen girl from Maryland. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Julio Cesar Revolorio Ramos, 28, of Adelphi, Md., a native of Guatemala illegally present in the United States, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted.


"Sex trafficking of a minor is a particularly heinous crime," said John P. Torres, special agent in charge of HSI Washington, D.C. "HSI is fully committed to working with our law enforcement partners, both locally and internationally, to combat the crime of human trafficking."  Full Story
Sept. 6, 2012 — Mexican national pleads guilty to illegally re-entering the US A Mexican national, who had been deported from the United States three times, pleaded guilty to one count of illegally re-ent…

2 EARTHQUAKES HIT SOUTHWEST CHINA FRIDAY

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Rescue forces are working around the clock in search of survivors, after two earthquakes hit Southwest China's Yunnan province on Friday and killed at least 80 people.
A rescue team of more than 7,000 people including doctors, soldiers and government officials had arrived at the quake-hit areas. An additional 4,100 soldiers stationed in nearby Sichuan province were also mobilized to aid relief efforts, according to a statement from the local government.
Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at the quake zone early Saturday, calling for all out rescue efforts.
As of Saturday, 820 people were injured and 7,138 houses collapsed after the two earthquakes, with a magnitude of 5.7 and 5.6, hit Yiliang county in Yunnan at 11:19 am and 12:16 pm on Friday, according to Yiliang Information Office. The disasters have caused a direct economic loss of 3.7 billion yuan ($583 million), according to the office.
The publicity department of Guizhou province said 16 towns and villages in Guizhou province were dama…