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Immigrants who participated in large-scale migration were often children, and also, of course, eventually the children of immigrants. And they ended up working in places as diverse as railroads, mines, factories, domestic service and agriculture.

Recent stories of migrant children working long hours and under dangerous conditions in the United States have shed light on how pervasive migrant child labor has become in this country. Read more»

Marcelino Ramos, 54, stands before a banner showing all the deported veterans that have died in exile during a 2022 protest in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign-born U.S. military veterans convicted of crimes have been deported - but despite President Joe Biden’s promise to bring them back, only about 50 veterans have returned under a 2021 executive order. Read more»

In October 2021, DHS stopped large worksite raids to instead investigate companies that exploit undocumented workers.

Undocumented immigrants enduring abuses such as wage theft, safety infractions and gender discrimination can now obtain deportation relief when they report workplace violations to a government agency, and gain temporary legal status when cooperating with investigators. Read more»

The development of tribal enterprises got a boost in the 1970s in part from federal programs, grants and loans - and that’s when state tax collectors came calling.

Courts have protected states’ ability to tax most economic interactions between tribal-run entities and non-tribal companies or individuals, a modern version of wealth extraction, treating tribes as lesser entities whose sovereignty can be ignored. Read more»

Faith leaders with Faith in Action lead a march on March 2, 2022, in Washington, D.C. to pressure President Joe Biden and the Democratic-majority Congress to expand voting rights and support for immigrants.

Noncitizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections, and false claims they are voting illegally have been at the center of Republican campaigns - and efforts by cities to give noncitizens a say in local elections is being used to suppress voting rights and spread conspiracy theories. Read more»

Across the nation, states are lifting restrictions related to unpaid fines and fees and removing other financial barriers for formerly incarcerated people.

Each year, the more than 600,000 people released from state and federal prisons nationwide face a range of financial barriers that together can have devastating consequences for individuals coming back into the community, and their families. Read more»

Earl Tulley tells stories by a family hogan on his ancestral home in Blue Gap, in the Navajo Nation.

Companies extracted an estimated 30 million tons of uranium ore on or near the Navajo Nation - largely for the U.S. government’s nuclear arsenal and in later years for commercial purposes - that left a trail of radioactive waste that — is largely unremediated and is still causing harm. Read more»

In 2020, the electorate was older, whiter, more female and more educated than the country as a whole - a consistent pattern in American elections, even as the nation has become more diverse.

The turnout for 2022 is still coming into focus as the last ballots continue to be tallied - but it looks to be unusually high for a midterm election - and the way that voter turnout is calculated reveals who counts, and who is left out, in American elections. Read more»

After his own struggles with homelessness, substance abuse and prison, Arizona veteran Ray Perez founded Operation Restoring Veteran Hope to help other vets cope.

A concerted national effort has helped reduce the number of veterans experiencing homelessness, but Black veterans remain overrepresented among that population, a reflection of long-standing discrimination that impacts everything from the racial wealth gap to the ability to find a job. Read more»

Voters in Arizona who forget to sign mail-in ballots aren’t legally entitled to cure them after Election Day, a federal appeals court ruled in December.

Thousands of Americans will lose their right to vote in this year’s midterm elections over mistakes like forgetting a signature or putting down the wrong date on paperwork for mail voting. Read more»

A ballot drop box can be seen by the curb in front of the Maricopa County Juvenile Court in Mesa. Drop boxes have long been popular and uncontroversial in Western states, such as Arizona, until the 2020 election.

The campaign against drop boxes is part of the broader push to make voting more difficult after the 2020 election after right-wing activists failed to turn up evidence of widespread voter fraud, and further restrictions appear likely. Read more»

The growth of union jobs correlates to higher wages for the lowest-paid workers and studies also show that expanding union membership likely decreases income inequality.

Workers have filed more than 2,000 requests to hold elections to form labor unions since the start of the fiscal year - a surge that has overwhelmed the NLRB and also alarmed corporate executives, who are paying thousands of dollars a day to break up organizing efforts. Read more»

Voters and poll workers in the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, at the jail's new voting precinct during the March 2020 primary.

Each election cycle, thousands of eligible voters are effectively disenfranchised because they sit in a jail cell - many there simply because they can’t afford bail - yet people in jail face significant, sometimes insurmountable obstacles to registering to vote and accessing a ballot. Read more»

Schools nationwide are considering switching to four-day-instructional weeks to help retain and attract teachers amid a national teacher shortage exacerbated by COVID-19 and battles over critical race theory, but low-income and special needs students are often the most affected. Read more»

Taxpayers most at risk of losing out on the Earned Income Tax Credit include those living in rural areas, without children, with limited English language skills, people with disabilities and Native Americans.

According to Internal Revenue Service data, 22% of taxpayers eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit didn’t claim it - missed funds that concern advocates because the credit is one of the country’s biggest antipoverty programs. Read more»

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