– ICE has confirmed that it has arrested 132 individuals in the Greater Washington region, including 12 in DC. Although the District is a sanctuary city, undocumented immigrants face the threat of deportation while being unable to access city services, especially housing and shelters. (Dcist, 7/25)
Undocumented immigrants have been able to obtain a “limited-purpose” drivers license or identification card since 2014, but advocates say they are nearly impossible to obtain for people who are also experiencing homelessness.
“We haven’t been able to get them for anyone because they require original documents from the country you came from,” says Eliot Gold, a case manager with Miriam’s Kitchen, a D.C. organization that provides resources to homeless residents. “When you’re living on the streets and you’re undocumented, you don’t have the original copy of your birth certificate from Honduras…your stuff gets wet, you get robbed. People don’t have the documents to make that program helpful.”
RACIAL EQUITY | A few weeks ago, WRAG members had the opportunity to see #poolparty, a play about the US’s history of segregated pools. In a new blog, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, recounts her own experience with public pools in Virginia. (Daily, 7/26)
HIV/AIDS | Efforts to slash HIV infections in D.C. stall, while other STD cases are rising (WaPo, 7/24)
Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership, said this about the report, “WAP is pleased to see that new HIV cases continue to be at about the same historic low level that we saw last year. We’re disappointed that there hasn’t been another significant drop, but there’s a lot of useful information in the report, and it will help us to further target our efforts in the coming year. We look forward to partnering with HAHSTA to achieve our goal of cutting new HIV infections in half by 2020.”
CENSUS 2020 | The US Census Bureau has decided not to have an advisory committee dedicated to the upcoming census. (NPR, 7/25)
TRANSPORTATION | The District is losing two of its dockless bike companies due to the city’s regulations. There are still five companies operating in the city. (WaPo, 7/25)
ENVIRONMENT | If You Liked The Weather This Week, You’ll Love Climate Change (WAMU, 7/24)
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