A morning roundup of the day’s news.
Eye on Congress: The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on two bills today that move toward tougher immigration enforcement—one that would give the federal government more power to withhold grants from sanctuary cities and allow victims of crimes by illegal immigrants to sue those cities. Ahead of the vote, President Trump on Wednesday convened with families who were victimized by immigrants. The Washington Post reports:
“This is about protecting law-abiding citizens and getting criminals off of our streets, plain and simple,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday.
… Democrats, meanwhile, cast the bills as a mean-spirited attempt to rally Republicans around legislation that would mainly harm undocumented but otherwise law-abiding immigrants at a time when other major parts of the GOP agenda are foundering.
Hate trends: More than half of U.S. hate crimes go unreported, according to a new federal report that shows Hispanics victimized at the highest rate, followed by blacks. The report comes out as the Justice Department today convenes with local law enforcement officials and experts to discuss the nationwide problem. (AP)
Three strikes you’re out … of an ambulance: Responding to an overwhelming rise of drug overdose emergencies in his Ohio town, one council member has proposed saving resources by preventing EMS visits to overdose victims who have already had two previous interventions. (USA Today)
Not really worker’s comp: Though Uber has long sought to avoid worker’s compensation payouts, the company recently seemed to shift its stance with a new pilot program for drivers to cover medical expenses and lost wages if they’re injured on the job. Many experts, though, are calling out the policy as a poor substitute for actual worker’s comp benefits. (The Intercept)
Raising the rent: After two years of freezing rents for New York City’s rent-regulated apartments in a nod to the punishing housing landscape, a city panel has now voted to allow increases for one- and two-year leases. (New York Times)
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