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Rhode Island state Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Central Falls) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her bill meant to aid people in the DACA program, the emerging race for governor, and the outlook for gun-related bills in the General Assembly.

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Providence County is participating in a trial run of the 2020 U.S. Census. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay traces how something that shouldn’t provoke controversy has become partisan.

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Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow DACA recipients to get drivers licenses and work permits, even if their federal status expires.

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When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.

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A Johnston woman faces deportation even though her attorney said she has no criminal record.

With No Immigration Deal, New England DACA Recipients Still In Limbo

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An agreement on the future of so-called Dreamers has been a stumbling block for Congress. As they passed a measure to reopen the federal government this week, Republican Senate leaders assured Democrats that they will take up the issue soon.

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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day, the holiday devoted to one of our nation’s premier 20th century civil rights leaders. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the United States needs to follow King’s example, or lose respect around the world.


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Thursday is the last chance for recipients of the federal immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to renew their status. After that, the federal government has announced it will wind down the program, which allows residents brought into the country illegally as children to remain and work without fear of deportation.

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Political scientists recall a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone.  

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Monday new efforts to aid some of the estimated 1,200 "Dreamers" in the Ocean State who could face deportation.

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The Capital Good Fund, a nonprofit micro-lender, has begun offering loans to Rhode Island residents hoping to renew or apply for the first time for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA allows undocumented residents brought as children to the U.S. to avoid deportation.

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President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to reverse the Obama administration’s policy of deferring deportation of young immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.  

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It's been a difficult week for people under DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program protecting thousands of undocumented young people from deportation, if their parents brought them to this country as children. 

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Meghan Hughes, president of the Community College of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable to discuss a jump in the school’s enrollment this year, the federal rollback of protections for some young undocumented immigrants and more. 

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