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Legal news from Friday, June 16, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in a memorandum on Thursday that it will keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place for the foreseeable future. DACA allows for immigrants who came to the US as children, known as "Dreamers," to obtain work permits and remain in the country legally. According …

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by Akira Tomlinson

A UN-appointed panel of experts released its findings from an investigation regarding human rights violations in Burundi on Thursday. According to the experts, these human rights violations include illegal executions, torture, inhumane treatment, sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary arrests and detention, and orchestrated kidnappings. The experts also attest that many of these violations were committed by members of …

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by Autumn Callan

The Canadian Senate on Friday approved Bill C-16, adding "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of federally prohibited grounds for discrimination under Canada's Human Rights Act. In an official statement from the Justice Department of Canada the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, said:The purpose of this …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback allowed a bill that permits public hospitals, mental health facilities and other health-providing facilities to ban concealed weapons, to become law on Thursday without his signature. HB 2278 was passed by Senate on a 24-16 vote. Brownback, a strong gun rights advocate, in a criticized the bill for …

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by Autumn Callan

Japan's parliament, the National Diet, passed a controversial "anti-conspiracy" bill on Thursday aimed at improving security and combating terrorism. Critics of the new bill, including the Japanese Bar Association and a UN Special Rapporteur, worry it will be used to curb civil liberties and infringe on privacy rights. The law amends an existing regulation …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an adoption bill into law on Thursday that allows adoption agencies receiving public funding to refuse to place children in adoptive families or foster homes that conflict with the agencies' religious beliefs. The bill passed in the Senate in May. The law states, "A child welfare services provider may …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Six individuals joined with several civil rights groups, including Black Lives Matter Chicago, to file a federal lawsuit against Chicago, accusing the city police force of racial discrimination against African Americans and Latinos. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are seeking "a city-wide, class action injunction prohibiting the abusive policies and practices undergirding the alleged …

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