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DACA before the 9th Circuit

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/15/18, 12:19 pm

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday will be the first federal appeals court to hear arguments about President Donald Trump’s decisions to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Around 700,000 people brought to the United States illegally as children have been protected by the Obama-era immigration policy. The Trump administration has argued President Barack Obama exceeded his power in implementing the program.

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GoFundMe

Crowdfunding joins war on homelessness

Effective Compassion | GoFundMe as a housing charity has pros and cons
by Rob Holmes
Posted 5/09/18, 01:29 pm

Americans began nearly 300,000 GoFundMe online fundraising campaigns to help with their own or friends’ housing problems since 2015 alone, according to a report by the U.S. edition of The Guardian. The numbers show more people are taking the drastic measure of publicizing their need as widely as possible online when facing homelessness from fire, eviction, or simply not having resources to buy or rent a place.

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California bill already chilling religious expression

Religious Liberty | Summit Ministries cancels a Los Angeles–area conference over the proposed law
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 5/08/18, 02:22 pm

The California state legislature’s latest effort to outlaw Biblical views on sex, marriage, and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.

“The vagueness of the bill has opened up threats to religious communities that the author did not intend,” Biola communications director Brenda Velasco told me.

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