Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he will retire. Even though Kennedy was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, he was seen the court’s swing vote. Kennedy sided with the court’s more liberal justices on some big decision on gay rights.
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Dulce Amade is an undocumented immigrant, has three kids, and says her husband has been abusive. When he beat her up earlier this year, she took her children to a domestic violence shelter. It didn’t last long. Then they moved to a car. Now they have a voucher to live in a motel -- but they have to leave in 28 days. They could get another voucher, but will have to move out and restart the cycle.
Dulce poses with her family. Photo credit: Matt Rogers
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