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Luis Gutiérrez: Puerto Rican prisoner Oscar López Rivera to be freed

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Longtime Puerto Rican prisoner Oscar López Rivera — known as a political prisoner to his supporters and as a convicted member of a murderous terrorist organization to his foes — is being freed under a clemency granted by President Barack Obama, according to one key lawmaker U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, an Illinois Democrat who has campaigned for Lopez’s freedom including in a stop in Orlando last year, announced Tuesday that he had been informed Obama is granting clemency. López is from Chicago.…

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Donald Trump’s rise is driving immigrants to become citizens

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On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American. Ospina has spent almost half his life in the U.S. after emigrating from his native Colombia, becoming eligible for citizenship in 1990. But with Donald Trump becoming a more likely presidential nominee by the day, Ospina decided to wait no more, rushing the paperwork required to become a citizen. “Trump is dividing us…

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Donald Trump’s emergence fuels naturalization efforts locally, nationally

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Donald Trump officially kicked off his presidential campaign in June by labeling Mexicans as drug traffickers and rapists. His declaration that the security wall he envisions the Mexican government will pay for “just got 10 feet higher!” – electrifies the thousands of fans who attend his rallies nationwide. While such statements have made Trump an unexpected favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination, it’s also the last thing that the now much-derided GOP establishment ever hoped, or imagined, would be the…

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