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U.S. sanctions finally hit China

China | American officials strike back at China’s human rights abuses and growing territorial claims
by June Cheng
Posted 7/17/20, 03:43 pm

For years activists and lawmakers have called on the Trump administration to punish Beijing over its gross human rights violations, yet the government seemed slow to act. But this week the United States announced a flurry of new sanctions against Chinese officials addressing policies in several places: Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong. The week also included the United States’ strongest condemnation of China’s claims in the South China Sea.

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Listening to the unheard

News | The news cycle is loud, but we need to hear those who can’t shout
by Michael Reneau
Posted 7/02/20, 02:43 pm

A bill that Republicans and Democrats barter for in the U.S. Capitol will always have a limited reach in local police departments: Mayors and state governments have far more influence on police procedure. But when representatives and senators in Washington, D.C., deadlocked on police reform in late June, legislators communicated one thing to the majority of Americans who want change: They’re not listening.

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Immigration budget crisis reflects change in policy

Immigration | The Trump administration blames COVID-19, but a federal agency projected a $1 billion deficit in 2019
by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/25/20, 01:58 pm

Zach Szmara pastors full time at the Bridge Community Church in Logansport, Ind. But a couple of days a week he helps people navigate the often-confusing processes to renew work visas, obtain green cards, and become American citizens.

The Bridge Community Church is a member of a church-based immigration legal service network called Immigrant Connection. Since it started six years ago, it’s helped more than 2,000 clients from 100 countries of origin.

“We have trust because the Church usually is trusted from almost any culture around the world,” Szmara said.

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