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In this June 16, 2014, file photo, a homeless man sits on a sidewalk in New York City. The Circle of Protection, a coalition of Christian leaders, is asking all U.S. presidential candidates to discuss how they plan to address U.S. poverty and hunger. (CNS photo/Justin Lane, EPA) See POVERTY-ELECTION July 28, 2015.

Presidential candidates address poverty in videos to advocacy group

July 28, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Seven presidential candidates have responded to a call from anti-poverty advocates by submitting brief videos outlining their plans to address poverty. The videos, delivered to an umbrella organization known as the Circle of Protection that includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, were made public July 21 by representatives…

An immigration advocate demonstrates in Los Angeles July 10. A federal judge ruled July 24 that family detention violates long-standing policy that resulted from a 1997 settlement in a Supreme Court case over holding immigrant youth. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters) See DETAIN-RULING July 28, 2015.

Advocates applaud court orders to release detained families

July 28, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — A federal judge ruled July 24 that the government’s immigrant family detention system violates a settlement agreement dating to 1997 over how juveniles in the custody of the immigration agency are treated. Advocates for the thousands of families being held in compounds run by for-profit prison companies hailed the…

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