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April 2017
  • “Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st.” – Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2017
  • “A federal judge ruled (April 10) that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight.” – The New York Times, April 11, 2017
  • “Like other Silicon Valley giants, Facebook has faced criticism over whether its work force and board are too white and too male. Last year, the social media behemoth started a new push on diversity in hiring and retention. Now it is extending its efforts into another corner: the outside lawyers who represent the company in legal matters. Facebook is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters.” – The New York Times, April 3, 2017
  • Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz and on the run for six months was arrested in Guatemala in connection with suspected “corruption, involvement in organized crime and embezzling millions.” – BBC News, April 16, 2017…. Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba, the former governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and on the run since 2012 was captured in Italy “on charges of money laundering and racketeering.” – The New York Times, April 11, 2017…. “At least three other former Mexican state governors are missing, and more than a half-dozen are under investigation” or fighting corruption charges. – The New York Times, April 20, 2017
  • General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.” – Associated Press, April 20, 2017
  • “Following a recount of nearly 1.3 million presidential votes, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council once again declared Lenín Moreno the winner of the election, this time by a slightly wider margin” capturing 51.16 percent of the total. – United Press International, April 19, 2017
  • Colombia’s president declared an “economic, social and ecological emergency” as the first of 262 victims of the Mocoa landslide were laid to rest.” – BBC News, April 3, 2017
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