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Puerto Rico Governer Proposes Voting Rights for All, Regardless of Immigration Status

The new proposal would augment other safeguards for undocumented immigrants, including access to healthcare, education, and driver’s licenses.

Puerto Rico governer Alejandro Garcia Padilla has announced plans for legislation that would grant the right to vote to all of its estimated 200,000-400,000 undocumented immigrants. The statements came at a recent public meeting with the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, during which the two politicians signed various agreements to tackle economics, education, security, and environmental issues together.

“Today, we would like to break down the barriers that prevent immigrants from contributing all that they truly can to economic recovery and social progress in Puerto Rico,” said Padilla earlier this month.

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Pennsylvania School Levies Insane Fines for Ditching

How would you like to get a $27,000 fine if your kid missed school? That's what's going down in Lebanon, PA—and a lawsuit plans to stop it.


What happens when a school district cares more about money than it does about kids? It levies insane—as in $27,000 for one student—truancy fines. That's the kind of penalties the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, school district's been imposing on students and their families, and now they're facing a federal lawsuit over the practice.

The class action suit filed by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia on behalf of four parents and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says that Lebanon School District's truancy fines are "excessive and illegal" and are unfairly applied to minority families.

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Project: Design the Chef's Garden at the W Retreat & Spa and Win a Five-Night Stay

Help the W Retreat and Spa-Vieques Island with a design for their garden, and win a trip to Puerto Rico.

UPDATE: We want to make sure everyone has a chance to finish their submissions, so we're going to extend the deadline until midnight (PST) on Thursday, November 11.

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