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Shutdown Over Border Wall Stops Over 42,000 Immigration Hearings in Their Tracks

"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.

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A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.

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Chief Meteorologist Fired After Using Racial Slur in Reference to MLK

Jeremy Kappell claims it was a mistake. "Unfortunately, I spoke a little too fast when I was referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," he said.

During a Friday night broadcast, meteorologist Jeremy Kappell referred to a park in downtown Rochester, N.Y., named after slain civil rights hero Martin Luther King as "Martin Luther Coon Park."

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Sen. Jesse Hamilton Wants to Punish Whites Who Make Frivolous Calls to Cops on Black People

Calling the cops on innocent Black people could get you charged with a hate crime, if Hamilton's proposal passes.

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New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton has announced his proposal for 911 Anti-Discrimination legislation. If the law passes, it would add false reporting statutes to the list of hate crimes in New York State law.

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Asian Nail Salon Workers Assault Black Brooklyn Family Over Refusal to Pay for Botched Eyebrows

Video goes viral. Huiyue Zheng arrested for assault, as was patron Christina Thomas. Incident seen as example of poor interracial relationships.

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A Nielsen report from February of this year has confirmed what Black consumers have already known: there is power in the Black dollar. And often times, Black female dollars fuel businesses owned by other races and ethnicities with respect to the beauty industry.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Win Is Important — But Here's Where She Dropped The Ball

Democratic voters were tired of the old. So they brought in the new.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory yesterday was a major win for the struggling Democratic party. It was also a slap in the face for her opponent, Joe Crowley. Crowley, the Dem's golden boy, was publicly campaigning to replace the tepid, complacent Pelosi as the speaker of the House. The party has been held back for years due to political fence riding at the expense of their constituents and Crowley was a part of that club. The uber-liberal Ocasio-Cortez focused on Medicare for all and other super liberal issues that mainstream Democrats were afraid to touch.

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New York Councilman Receives Backlash for Gender-Segregated Beach Days

New York Civil Liberties Union calls it "discrimination" to give minorities a day to enjoy the beach — an experience they cannot normally partake in.

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A Brooklyn councilman's idea for gender-segregated beach days has not been received warmly by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The NYCLU claims discrimination, while Chaim Deutsch simply wants to give a minority group the chance to enjoy what the majority takes for granted.

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Police Target, Tase Black National Guard Soldier: ‘Do You Want Another Round?’

What hurt Calvin Moreland the most was being treated as "just another Black man in the hood."

A police officer tased and threatened a 27-year-old Black National Guard soldier and asked if he "wanted another round" after the man complied with the law. Calvin Moreland now questions why he wasn't seen as a brother but instead as "just another Black man in the hood."

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Racist Train Rider Charged with Hate Crime for Rant at Black Woman: Video

"I'll smack the [expletive] out of you, you loud mouth monkey [expletive]," Edward Ruggiero said to Soraya Orelien.

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Being a racist is ignorant and costly.

The Queens, N.Y., district attorney on Wednesday charged Edward Ruggiero, who was caught on video hurling racist insults at a Black woman on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), with a hate crime.

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The racist and hate-filled rant against a Black woman riding on the Long Island Rail Road in New York is now under investigation by Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.

Passengers said a man ranted for about 10 minutes, spewing racist and sexist slurs directed at another rider, 25-year-old Soraya Orelien.

"He made me feel disgusting," Orelien said in an interview Friday with WABC-TV. "He made me feel less than what I am. And I'm not the only one who has experienced this."

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on April 19, but the video went viral last week. Orelien was on her cellphone speaking with a friend during her commute that originated at Penn Station. Hearing her talk on the phone enraged the man and he confronted her.

A woman named Aneesa Janat Rafeek, according to her Facebook page, was a passenger on the train that night and posted a video on her page showing a portion of the racist rant, which she also said lasted 10 minutes.

She explained:

"*Let me be clear about what prompted these nasty remarks*

"An African American woman was behind him speaking on the phone (not loudly in my opinion as I was sitting only diagonally from him and could not hear her).

"He started off by mumbling under his breath and then escalated to yelling at her about being a loud mouth b**ch. When another young woman, also Black, stood up for her, he continued to yell and then call[ed] them monkeys.

"What this video does not show — him getting up to get in the young [woman's] face to scream at her more. It was honestly so disgusting to witness.

"Say what you want in regards to 'both' sides being ignorant and needing to be quiet. Have someone start yelling profanities at you for being 'loud' and see how you react."

Orelien told Eyewitness News, "He came to my face and was like, 'Ooh ooh ahh ahh, you monkey,' and I just sat there. I just sat there, and I didn't say anything. I just said, 'You need to leave. Leave me alone. Please just walk away.'"

The Baruch College senior said she is coming forward and speaking about the incident as a reality check for others.

"I want people to know that this still happens!" Orelien told PIX11 News.

"I'm proud to be a strong Black woman in this day and age, and no one can talk to me like that."

Sources identified the man as Edward Ruggiero, a Manhattan stagehand and member of Local 1 IATSE, who lives in Long Beach, L.I., according to the NY Daily News. But he denies that it's him in the video.

Eyewitness News cameras went to the suspected man's home and confronted him on his porch.

"Get the story straight. Do you want to talk to us? You call yourself a journalist — get your f****** story straight!" he said. The man rushed inside before reporters could speak with him further.

An LIRR spokesperson told PIX11 in a statement:

"This language is offensive, completely inappropriate, and has no place in our society, let alone on the Long Island Rail Road. The MTA Police are actively investigating this report … Anyone who sees a situation like this unfolding should notify a conductor immediately. This absolutely falls under the mantra of: if you see something, say something."

Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On Federal Court Ruling Granting Preliminary Injunction In DACA Case

A.G. Schneiderman leads coalition of 17 AGs that sued to protect Dreamers.

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NEW YORK – Today, a federal judge granted Attorney General Schneiderman and his fellow Attorneys General's motion for a preliminary injunction to block President Trump's rescission of DACA. Attorney General Schneiderman leads the coalition of 17 AGs that sued in September 2017 to defend DACA and protect DREAMers. The court heard arguments on Attorney General Schneiderman's motion for preliminary injunction on January 30th, 2018.

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Russell Simmons Demeans #MeToo Movement as NYPD Launches Formal Investigation into Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Simmons disrespected the entire #MeToo movement while trying to make himself appear innocent.

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Amid mounting accusations of sexual misconduct, the New York Police Department has launched an official investigation into disgraced music mogul Russell Simmons. Meanwhile, Simmons took to social media to belittle the entire #MeToo movement.

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States Join Lawsuit to Block Muslim Ban

The revised executive order "will cause severe and immediate harms," according to a complaint filed Monday.

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Several states have joined a Washington lawsuit to prevent President Donald Trump's updated Muslim ban from going into effect, arguing that it is still as discriminatory as the original.

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