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Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Drops Dramatically During First 4 Months of Biden Presidency — But Arrests Are on the Rise

President Biden’s campaign pledge to place a moratorium on the deportation of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally appears to be holding steady. Newly released data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show that, following changes in enforcement policies and administration officials, federal immigration authorities have made significantly fewer…

BECA Black executives alliance

Black Executives From 26 Major Companies Unite to Create ‘Black Executive CMO Alliance’ 

In a new effort to help champion diversity at the corporate leadership level, Black executives from 26 different leading companies have joined together to form the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA). In a statement announcing the formation of the Alliance, BECA’s founder Jerri DeVard said “The vision for BECA was…

White House increases spending for people with disabilities

President Biden’s Proposed $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Calls for Massive New Support for People with Disabilities

In addition to providing funding for bridges, highways, airports and other public structures and facilities, the recently proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan from the Biden Administration has committed major spending to home and community-based services dedicated to people with disabilities. Michelle Diament of Disability Scoop has reported that the proposal,…

SNAP food assistance

White House Eases Restrictions on Food Stamps Impacting 1.3 Million Primarily Black and Latinx Americans

In 2018, the Trump administration issued a proposal that would have placed employment requirements on individuals receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), making it significantly harder for up to 1.3 million Americans — predominantly Black women and Latinas who are currently disproportionately impacted by the pandemic —…

judge bans gay panic defense

Virginia Becomes 12th State in Country to Ban LGBTQ ‘Panic’ as a Defense in Assault and Murder Trials

“Gay panic” or “trans panic” is a common legal defense in many trials for violent crimes and murders where the perpetrator claims they were driven into a violent rage and temporarily went “insane” after discovering the sexuality or gender identity of the person they attacked, thereby allowing the assailant to…