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Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and half its residents are women. But out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. There are only four Latinos on the dais, and no Asian Americans.
Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and half its residents are women. But out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. There are only four Latinos on the dais, and no Asian Americans.
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Immigration Protests Return to Hill, Activists Convene on Exec Action - NBC News Immigrant rights activists staged sit-ins in House and Senate members' offices on Wednesday. From the story: "The protests coincided with a House subcommittee hearing on several enforcement bills and targeted Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama's immigration executive action. The House passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security that includes amendments ending deportation deferrals for young immigrants who arrived or stayed here illegally and blocking expansions of those deferrals."

Election 2015: In a diverse city, a not-so-diverse City Council - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but you wouldn't know it from looking at a roster of its elected city leaders. Out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. There are only four Latinos on the dais. As for Asian-Americans, there aren't any. The first and so far only Asian-American to hold a council seat did so more than two decades ago.

Unauthorized Immigrants’ Access to Driver’s Licenses Is at Risk - New York Times On the resistance in some states that allow driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants. From the story: "Since the Colorado program began in August 2014, the state has issued 7,934 driver’s licenses and 1,655 state identification cards, according to the Division of Motor Vehicles....Now, there is pushback, and not only in Colorado. In New Mexico, one of the first states to issue licenses to illegal immigrants, conservative lawmakers — with the backing of Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican and the first Latina to hold the post — have tried repeatedly to repeal the law enacted in 2003."

U.S. ordered to pay $500,000 in Border Patrol shooting - USA Today A federal judge in Tucson has ordered the federal government to pay nearly $500,000 to Jesus Castro Romo, who was shot and wounded by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in November 2010. From the story: "Government attorneys had argued that the shooting was justified because the former agent, Abel Canales, testified that Castro Romo was about to throw a rock when he shot him."