Civil Rights & Immigration

Biden’s immigration plans face new test in the U.S. Senate

BY: - November 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary […]

Judge rejects Secretary of State’s voting laws arguments, allows Dems’ case to proceed

BY: - November 26, 2021

A Yellowstone County District judge has rebuffed Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Montana Democratic Party challenging the Legislature’s changes to voting laws this session. Attorneys for Jacobsen argued that the Democrats’ suit should be dismissed for a multitude of reasons, including the newly passed laws didn’t disenfranchise […]

Jury finds McMichaels, Bryan guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery as the 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into Arbery at […]

How Kenosha PD and the FBI received Wisconsin’s BLM protester list

BY: - November 19, 2021

New details have emerged regarding a list of people law enforcement believed to be involved in Black Lives Matter protests last year. Documents recently obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner show that, despite earlier statements, the list was indeed shared with members of the Kenosha Police Department. The revelations raise questions about the extensive surveillance which […]

Immigrants make plea for deportation protection as Congress considers Build Back Better plan

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Undocumented workers and immigration advocates are pushing for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion social spending and climate package that the U.S. House is set to vote on as soon as Thursday night. Those immigration provisions face elimination when the bill moves […]

Privacy concerns prompt MT leg study of facial recognition technology

BY: - November 18, 2021

Most Montanans probably do not know that when they go to get their driver’s license picture taken, it is entering a system that feeds into a larger database used by national law enforcement agencies. Or that when they apply for unemployment benefits, their picture could be shared with the government. Those privacy anxieties are why legislators […]

‘Nobody is above the law’: Man whose conviction was overturned talks about moving on

BY: - November 15, 2021

Hoang Vinh Pham speaks English haltingly, sometimes in broken phrases. Despite struggling for words on occasion, he speaks clearly and understands perfectly a concept that he said kept him going while sitting in Montana State Prison in Shelby. “I don’t believe that they did right. Nobody is above the law,” Pham said. “They are supposed […]

Federal officials say Afghan refugee accused of rape in Missoula was properly vetted

BY: - November 9, 2021

An Afghan evacuee recently charged with rape in Missoula had no prior criminal history and completed a “rigorous and multi-layered” vetting process before entering the country, according to the U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Zabihullah Mohmand is accused of raping a woman in a downtown hotel in Missoula in October […]

For the third time this year, U.S. Senate Republicans block voting rights bill

BY: - November 3, 2021

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked another voting rights bill, this one named for Georgia civil rights icon John R. Lewis. On a 50-49 vote, the Senate declined to proceed to debate on the latest Democratic effort at a nationwide voting rights overhaul meant to stymie Republican-led state laws restricting voting access. It was […]

Montana tribes want to stop jailing people for suicide attempts, but lack safe alternatives

BY: - October 23, 2021

POPLAR — When Maria Vega was a senior in high school in 2015, she found the body of one of her closest friends, who had died by suicide. A few days later, devastated by the loss, Vega tried to take her own life. After the attempt failed, she was arrested and taken to juvenile detention […]

Gianforte asks for Biden to halt Afghan resettlements

BY: - October 21, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte is calling on President Joe Biden to halt all Afghan resettlement to Montana after an Afghan man was charged with sexual assault in Missoula. The governor said the man was resettled in the city without proper vetting from the federal government. The man originally told police he was on “a worldwide trip.” […]