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'That Was Our Great Hope': DACA Recipients Worry About Future, Dreams

CAFCA | September 06, 2017 |

For 16 years, Vania Galicia and her family have been hoping that they might be able to buy a house, but they couldn’t do it because of their undocumented status. But when Galicia and her brother and sister received DACA status several years go, Vania, a freshman at Eastern Connecticut State University, said it gave them hope that they would be able to work and build up the credit they would need to eventually qualify for loans to buy a house. “That was our great hope, but now it’s shaky,” Galicia said Tuesday as she gathered with other students outside the student center at Eastern.

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Fairfield County's income inequality among worst in the country

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

he gap between the country’s wealthiest and poorest is widening, and is very wide in Connecticut. “I’m a therapist, I see it in my practice all the time,” said Marina Klimoda. “I have clients from Bridgeport, 10 minutes away, who struggle, and 10 minutes away is Westport or Southport, which is very wealthy. It is a fact.”

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Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage

CAFCA | April 16, 2014 |

With partisan votes in a pocketbook issue that the White House and Connecticut Democrats hope will mobilize voters this fall, the General Assembly voted Wednesday for legislation that would raise the state's $8.70 minimum wage to $10.10 by January 2017.The bill, which was approved 21-14 in the Senate and 87-54 in the House, became an instant political talking point for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and President Obama.

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