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Immigration and civil rights linked together

This week, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. That generation of Americans called on the federal government to make changes about how jobs and civil rights were addressed. At that time, Jim Crow laws were still in effect, and segregation (especially in the southern states) oppressed so many that a national movement was necessary to bring about change.

Report questions fairness of U.S. naturalization process

The process of applying for U.S. citizenship can be both frustrating and exciting. Becoming a citizen includes a number privileges that aren't granted to those with only a visa. However, immigration officials are very strict about the way in which they grant citizenship to immigrants, which can create hardship.

Activists ask Riverside County sheriff to end ICE program

According to a study done earlier this year, immigrants sometimes avoid reporting crimes to law enforcement due to police's role in immigration enforcement. Immigrants in Riverside County and across the nation fear that if they report a crime, officers will use that incident as a way to check their immigration status.

Federal government to pay $4.1 million to detained college student

The federal government has reached a settlement with a 25-year-old college student who was left in a windowless cell for nearly five days with no food or water. According to a HuffingtonPost.com report, Daniel Chong was arrested and taken into custody during a drug raid in San Diego.

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