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Josh Shapiro. Photographed by Yesid Vargas for AL DÍA News. 

Josh Shapiro, the 44-year-old who now holds the title of 50th Attorney General of Pennsylvania, has just celebrated his first anniversary as the incumbent. Here’s a review of his time so far in office (through his eyes). 

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Hundreds gather at White House to protest Trump's immigration policies

 04/14/2017 - 03:12
Under the slogan "We belong together," families from Miami, New York, Colorado and the Washington DC area gathered at Lafayette Park, in front of the presidential mansion, to "raise the community's awareness that we should be united." EFE/Shawn Thew

About 200 people – including a number of small children – gathered before the White House on April 13, 2017, to protest the immigration policies of President Donald Trump and denounce the family separation created by the massive deportations undertaken by the magnate.

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[OP-ED]: On sanctuary cities, conservatives are driven to distortion

 04/10/2017 - 08:33
Thousands of undocumented students covered by the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) claim during Dallas' "Megamarch 2017" more security for themselves and their families, who feel "continually threatened" By the strong immigration rhetoric of the president of the United States, Republican Donald Trump. EFE

 Retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz would tell his students the oft-repeated secret to good lawyering. 

“When the law is on your side,” Dershowitz would say, “pound the law into the table. When the facts are on your side, pound the facts into the table. And when neither the law nor the facts are on your side, just pound the table.”

[OP-ED]: ¿Por qué apoyo el Estatus de Santuario de Filadelfia?

 02/21/2017 - 14:10
Siendo una política de resguardo, apoyo al Alcalde Kenney y a su compromiso de hacer de Filadelfia una ciudad segura para los inmigrantes, y me opongo enérgicamente a la controversial SB 10 en Harrisburg.

Cuando mi padre vino a este país desde Cuba, arriesgó su vida y las vidas de su familia tan sólo por un bocado de la libertad que tenemos para ofrecer.

Creo que el valor que tuvo para hacer esa travesía (¡algunos parientes me han contado que se escapó de Cuba con papeles falsos y disfrazado de cura!) cuando pienso en el estatus de Filadelfia como Ciudad Santuario.

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Rich Negrin

[OP-ED]: Why I Support Philadelphia’s Sanctuary City Status

 02/17/2017 - 14:46
As a blanket policy, I stand with Mayor Kenney and his commitment to making Philadelphia a safe city for immigrants.  And I strenuously object to the controversial SB 10 in Harrisburg.

When my father came to this country from Cuba, he risked his life and the lives of his family just for a taste of the freedom we have to offer.

I think of the courage it took for him to make that journey (some relatives have told me he snuck out of Cuba with false papers dressed as a priest!) when I think about Philadelphia’s status as a Sanctuary City.

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Rich Negrin

[OP-ED]: When straight talk is crazy talk

 02/02/2017 - 08:35
Drastic actions -- like the temporary ban on arrivals from certain predominantly Muslim countries -- bring with them the potential for backlash that is greater than the affections of those who are pleased with them. On Saturday, when even green card holders were stuck in airports, unable to re-enter the country after having traveled overseas on business, study or vacation, the results were messy and angry. EFE

What are we to make of a man who seems unable to keep himself from making false statements, yet fundamentally keeps his word?

Donald Trump as president is something that we’ve rarely seen before: A self-styled straight-talker who didn’t disappoint his most fervent supporters by tacking to the center after claiming victory.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: As the circus leaves town for good, may the increased respect for animals endure

 01/19/2017 - 07:29
An elephant from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus eats hay during the Behind-the-Scenes Experience, as part of the introduction of their Circus XTREME show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 13 January 2016 (reissued 15 January 2017). According to a statement by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus on 15 January 2017, the circus will end what it calls 'The Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years. EFE

I will never get to take my grandchildren to the circus.

For that matter, I’ll never again get to take my parents -- who adore going with their own grandchildren to the circus for the cotton candy, popcorn, acrobats and animals -- now that Feld Entertainment has announced that, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close in May after a few final performances.

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Esther Cepeda