Civil Rights + Immigration

Venezuelan migrants in El Paso, Texas

Biden administration offers temporary protection to Venezuelan migrants 

BY: - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced late Wednesday that the agency will expand protected status to nearly half a million Venezuelan nationals, allowing them to live and work in the United States. The move comes after multiple requests from cities that have struggled to house asylum seekers and calls from […]

Chicano culture is not gang culture, ACLU of Idaho claims. Here’s what experts say.

BY: - September 18, 2023

Para leer esta historia en español, haga clic aquí. Latinos are Idaho’s largest minority group, making up nearly 14% of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And a large share of that population includes the Chicano community.  Unlike the term Latino, Chicano is a specific term many people with Mexican descent born in […]

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Judge hears arguments over preliminary injunction in Idaho transgender bathroom law

BY: - September 13, 2023

Federal Judge David Nye on Wednesday heard arguments for and against a preliminary injunction for Senate Bill 1100, an Idaho law meant to prevent transgender students from using school facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The hearing was held at the James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown Boise.  The hearing […]

Wassmuth Center to host play reading to honor gay man who died in Idaho hate crime

BY: - September 8, 2023

On Saturday, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is inviting the Treasure Valley community to a reading of “Walking Steven Home,” a play by Gregory Hinton in memory of Steven Nelson, a gay man who was killed in Caldwell in a hate crime.  In April 2016, Nelson, 49, died after responding to an online ad […]

‘Hate will not prevail in America’: Biden marks 60 years since March on Washington

BY: - August 28, 2023

The U.S. still hasn’t met the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, President Joe Biden said Monday, the 60th anniversary of one of the movement’s most iconic events. Six decades to the day after the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Biden urged Americans not […]

Maximus call center workers

Federal call center workers join March on Washington call attention to workplace inequities

BY: - August 27, 2023

Call center workers that help Americans navigate the Affordable Care Act marketplace and Medicare demanded more paths for advancement, higher pay and more breaks between calls at this year’s March on Washington. They’re looking to bring government attention to their cause after previous efforts to get the attention of officials with the Department of Labor […]

Idaho Legislature Committee on Federalism

Idaho legislators discuss undocumented workers, search and seizure bills that may surface in 2024

BY: - August 24, 2023

Some Idaho Republican legislators and law enforcement officers on Thursday discussed potential legislation to curb employment of undocumented workers and to increase law enforcement’s search and seizure powers. The discussions came during a public meeting of the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Committee on Federalism on Thursday at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.  The committee of […]

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ACLU of Idaho complaint alleges Nampa schools have ‘discriminatory’ dress code policies

BY: - August 23, 2023

Para leer esta historia en español, haga clic aquí. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Latino students alleging that the Nampa School District enforces discriminatory dress code and discipline policies, according to an ACLU press release issued Wednesday.  In the complaint, the […]

LGBTQ+ Pride flags in Boise

U.S. District Court temporarily blocks enforcement of Idaho transgender bathroom law

BY: - August 10, 2023

The U.S. District Court decided Thursday that it would temporarily block enforcement of an Idaho law meant to prevent transgender students from using school restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Senate Bill 1100, which took effect July 1, would have required public schools to maintain two separate multi-occupancy restrooms, showers, changing facilities and overnight […]

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden asks Congress for $40B for Ukraine aid, U.S. disaster response, border security

BY: - August 10, 2023

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve more than $40 billion in additional spending for Ukraine, border security, FEMA’s disaster response and wildland firefighters pay. The supplemental spending request comes in the middle of Congress’ annual August recess, giving lawmakers weeks to mull over the proposal for additional spending before returning to […]

Migrants wait on land between the Rio Grande and the border wall

Court allows Biden rule limiting asylum at the border to be kept in place for now

BY: - August 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday decided to allow the Biden administration to keep in place a temporary two-year rule that restricts asylum at the U.S. border, while the legal challenges to a lower court’s ruling play out. The decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals aids the Biden administration, which […]

Protesters hold a rally against gun violence in Times Square

More than 100 advocacy groups urge Congress to denounce anti-immigrant rhetoric

BY: - August 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which 23 people were murdered, more than 160 religious, civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups called on congressional leaders to denounce lawmakers who use white supremacist, anti-immigrant rhetoric, arguing that it can lead to violence for marginalized […]