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Trump's Immigration Order Expands the Definition of "Criminal"

-- by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times:

Voting Rights Advocates Fear Trump's Unfounded Fraud Claims Will Lead to More Restrictive Laws

-- by Sari Horowitz and Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post:

President Trump’s plans to ask for a “major investigation” into allegations of widespread voter fraud were met with skepticism by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers — and fear from voting rights advocates that the president will use his unfounded claims to justify more-restrictive voting laws.

The Real Cost of Trump's Border Wall

-- The New York Times editorial board:

President Trump on Wednesday unveiled the first proposals to make good on his promise to make America impenetrable to unauthorized immigrants and intolerable for those who are already here.

Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Wall to be Built

-- by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times:

President Trump on Wednesday began a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration, ordering the immediate construction of a border wall with Mexico and aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. He planned additional actions to cut back on legal immigration, including barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Retrictive Texan Voter I.D. Law

-- by Amanda Hoover, The Christian Science Monitor:

Trump Poised to Wield Executive Power to Make Immigration Changes

-- by Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal:

President Donald Trump is soon expected to seek sharp changes in U.S. immigration policy by using his executive power, echoing the politically contentious approach taken by Barack Obama.

The new Trump administration released its first executive actions on Inauguration Day, regarding the Affordable Care Act and on regulations across the government. More are expected as soon as this week on issues ranging from environmental to labor rules.

For the First Time Since Reagan, the Cabinet Won't Include a Latino

-- by Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post:

In the closing months of Ronald Reagan's presidency, the 40th president filled a vacancy in his Cabinet and made history.

Despite His Promises, Trump Has Not Through Through His Immigration Plans

-- from the Los Angeles Times editorial board:

Opinion: California Is Still America's Future

-- by Anthony Rendon for NBC News:

It is no accident that the November election galvanized California's Latino electorate as never before. Latinos were responding to a candidate who campaigned and was elected, at least in part, due to his rhetoric of fear, his scapegoating, and his appeal to a regrettable—and untenable—urge to turn back the clock on civil and human rights. Such destructive rhetoric does not represent our state and we believe that it has no place in this great nation.

DeVos Will Empower Latino Families, Not Bureaucrats

-- op-ed by Zeus Rodriguez for The Hill:

If Betsy DeVos were to have a conversation with every Latino in America, a majority of them would support her for U.S. Secretary of Education.

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