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HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
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Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
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Five Questions With Marcela Betancur

Marcela Betancur | Director, Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University1. You have significant experience in housing. How does this relate to the work...
ON WEDNESDAY, Roger Williams University announced Marcela Betancur was named director of the Latino Policy Institute. Her tenure will begin Jan. 14. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Betancur to lead Latino Policy Institute at RWU

PROVIDENCE -Marcela Betancur has been named director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, the school announced Wednesday.Betancur succeeds Gabriela Domenzain who left the...
IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST: H. Jefferson Melish is a lawyer, as well as a member and activist on the South Kingstown Immigration Task Force and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. South Kingstown is the only municipality in the state to adopt a version of an ACLU ordinance that rejects local police cooperation with a federal program that deputizes local police departments to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Long-simmering divisions on immigration have boiled over nationally. Is the Ocean...

In March 2017 the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union drafted a model ordinance that would reject local police cooperation with...
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