Most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived on the U.S.-Mexico border in the last year still don't have lawyers to represent them in immigration court, and advocates are scrambling to train volunteer attorneys to help cope with the massive caseload.
With the number of unaccompanied immigrant children more than doubling this past fiscal year, the need for attorneys has surged, and it has been exacerbated by the immigration courts' decision to fast-track children's cases, holding initial hearings within a few weeks instead of months.
This afternoon, in a speech in the East Room at the White House, President Barack Obama spoke about the "It's On Us" campaign, a national public service to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The following is a transcript of the president's remarks, provided by the White House:
Welcome to the White House, everybody. And thank you to Joe Biden not just for the introduction, not just for being a great Vice President -- but for decades, since long before he was in his current office, Joe has brought unmatched passion to this cause. He has. (Applause.)
While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic - the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana.
Neither cause was embraced by Obama during his first term. Yet he is now a fervent supporter of marriage equality and has said it is "important" that Colorado and Washington state be allowed to proceed with their pioneering laws, approved by voters in 2012, that legalize marijuana.
A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall for processing cows with cancer and later distributing the meat, was charged in federal court on Aug. 18. The case is the latest development in a growing movement by health and animal-welfare advocates challenging the factory-farming industry.
Taking advantage of a free military surplus program, school police departments throughout the nation have joined with municipal police departments in stocking up on mine-resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
Even as Ferguson grows calmer, recent indictments in the St. Louis suburb continue to provoke outrage around the world.
Precincts with more minorities experienced longer waits on Election Day, according to a new study released this week by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
The study found a lack of poll workers and low numbers of voting machines are key contributors to long voting lines.