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Protesters walk out of hearing on rules for holding immigrant youth

Vandana Ravikumar Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Protesters walk out of hearing on rules for holding immigrant youth WASHINGTON – Immigrant-rights advocates carrying signs and babies walked out of a Senate hearing Tuesday to protest its review of a court ruling that limits the amount of time the government can hold immigrant children in detention. Those limits in the so-called Flores settlement were key to the Trump administration’s decision earlier this year to end its policy of separating families at the border. Protesters said they fear that modifying Flores could lead to indefinite detention for undocumented families, including children who have already sustained trauma from detention. Jorge Silva of the advocacy group Latino Victory was one of those who brought a child to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing . “They’re talking about numbers, but they need to see babies, they need to see parents with their babies in their arms,” said Silva, as he held his 8-month-old daughter, Isabel. “When they talk about beds, and when they talk about numbers, we hope they see that this is what they’re talking about.” The committee grilled officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Justice and the Government Accountability Office on how Flores can be enforced while border security is protected. Senators on both sides of the aisle agreed that family separations cause...

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Court: Bartenders, waiters entitled to higher pay for non-tipped work

Brendan Campbell Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Court: Bartenders, waiters entitled to higher pay for non-tipped work WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Arizona bars and restaurants cannot pay tipped employees less than minimum wage for doing work that does not directly generate tips, a decision that one attorney called “a game changer.” The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling and was a victory for 14 bartenders and servers who sued nine businesses that they said used the minimum wage exemption to illegally underpay them. But in a dissent, Judge Sandra Ikuta said the majority’s opinion will impose impossible requirements that leave employers open to “unfair and unexpected imposition of staggering liability.” The case centered on a rule defining how much and what type of work can be done that does not directly generate tips before the employer has to pay the minimum wage: When are workers no longer servers or bartenders, but rather dishwashers or janitors? “Today’s decision is an important victory for employees across the country,” said Cliff Bendau, a Phoenix attorney who was part of a team of attorneys representing the workers. They successfully argued that federal law that lets businesses pay less than minimum wage for tipped work cannot be applied to hours a tipped worker performs unrelated jobs – like cleaning – or related...

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Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination

Daniel Perle Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination WASHINGTON – Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Tribal and legal officials could not point to a case involving tribal rights that Kavanaugh has handled as a judge, but they said his writings as a lawyer and his rulings in environmental and voting rights cases give them pause. [related-story-right box-title=”Related story” link=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2018/09/17/flake-joins-other-senators-wins-delay-on-kavanaugh-after-new-charge/” image=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/kavanaughgraves-800-1.jpg” headline=”Flake joins other senators, wins delay on Kavanaugh after new charge”] “He fails to recognize what’s been done to put them (Native Americans) at a historical disadvantage,” said Laura Berglan, attorney general for Arizona’s Pascua Yaqui Tribe. She said tribe’s opposition to Kavanaugh’s appointment stems primarily from his “lack of understanding of tribes as a race and tribal sovereignty.” The Pascua Yaqui sent letters to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to reject Kavanaugh’s confirmation, while other tribes have contacted members of the state’s congressional delegation to express their concerns. It comes as a Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination has been put on hold after a charge surfaced that he committed a sexual assault decades ago while he was still in high school. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the “completely false allegation” and could face his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, at a committee hearing on...

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Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination

Daniel Perle Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination WASHINGTON – Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Tribal and legal officials could not point to a case involving tribal rights that Kavanaugh has handled as a judge, but they said his writings as a lawyer and his rulings in environmental and voting rights cases give them pause. “He fails to recognize what’s been done to put them (Native Americans) at a historical disadvantage,” said Laura Berglan, attorney general for Arizona’s Pascua Yaqui Tribe. She said tribe’s opposition to Kavanaugh’s appointment stems primarily from his “lack of understanding of tribes as a race and tribal sovereignty.” The Pascua Yaqui sent letters to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to reject Kavanaugh’s confirmation, while other tribes have contacted members of the state’s congressional delegation to express their concerns. It comes as a Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination has been put on hold after a charge surfaced that he committed a sexual assault decades ago while he was still in high school. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the “completely false allegation” and could face his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, at a committee hearing on the issue Monday. Kavanaugh, a former aide in the Bush White House and a judge on...

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