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Group turns in 483K signatures for proposal to bar LGBTQ discrimination in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law.

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If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. If lawmakers did not adopt the measure within 40 days, it would go to a statewide vote in November 2022.

“Michigan stands united to bring LGBTQ rights into law for the first time,” said Trevor Thomas, co-chair of Fair and Equal Michigan. He called the group’s submission of petitions Tuesday a milestone “as we continue the work of making sure everyone has an equal chance to succeed.”

Fair and Equal Michigan had raised nearly $1.6 million as of July. Businesses, labor unions and groups that have financially supported

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Race discrimination commissioner warns Australian partner visa changes could ‘segregate’ marriages

Australia’s race discrimination commissioner has urged the federal government to consult with key community stakeholders on a new English language requirement for partner visas, warning it could serve to “segregate” migrant couples. 

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan on Tuesday said the inclusion of the requirement in last week’s federal budget came as a surprise to those leaders in the multicultural sector. 

The peak body for migration agents in Australia, the Migration Institute of Australia, has also told SBS News it received no prior warning. 

Commissioner Tan said the requirement has led to “justifiable concern” among the community. 

“I support a government position that promotes and encourages all migrants to Australia to acquire English,” he said.

“But where there is a policy that enforces and sanctions the rights of partners under the Partners Visa to remain in Australia based on their English proficiency, then that requirement may be unfair and may

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China rips US visa restrictions on students as ‘political persecution and racial discrimination’

China’s foreign ministry on Thursday condemned the Trump administration’s decision to revoke visas for hundreds of Chinese graduate students over fears of intellectual property theft.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the Trump administration of practicing “outright political persecution and racial discrimination” one day after the State Department announced that it had revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese nationals, according to The Associated Press.

The move infringes upon “legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students studying in the U.S.,” Zhao contended.

“It is outright political persecution and racial discrimination, and seriously violated the human rights of Chinese students studying there,” he continued. “China reserves the right to make further responses to this matter.”

The State Department said on Wednesday that the hundreds of students affected by an order signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: I feel ‘deep down fury’ that Trump downplayed pandemic NYT reporter removed from Trump rally in

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China denounces US student visa cuts as racial discrimination

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China denounces US visa revocations as racial discrimination

China says the U.S. move to revoke the visas of about 1,000 Chinese students amounts to outright political persecution and racial discrimination

BEIJING — U.S. move to revoke the visas of about 1,000 Chinese students amounts to “outright political persecution and racial discrimination,” China’s foreign ministry said Thursday.

The statement from spokesperson Zhao Lijian came a day after Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said his department was blocking visas for “certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research.”

China was “abusing student visas to exploit American academia,” Wolf said, offering a long list of alleged Chinese bad behavior but few details.

A State Department spokesperson later put the number of visas to be revoked at 1,000.

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China Denounces U.S. Student Visa Cuts as Racial Discrimination

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a close up of a piece of paper: This photo illustration shows a visa stamp on a foreign passport in Los Angeles on June 6, 2020.

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This photo illustration shows a visa stamp on a foreign passport in Los Angeles on June 6, 2020.

The U.S. has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers for national security reasons, drawing protests and a threat of possible retaliation from Beijing.

The visas were revoked under a measure intended to keep Chinese graduate students and researchers from stealing “technologies, intellectual property and information to develop advanced military capabilities,” a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy said Thursday in a statement. Those affected “represent a small subset” of visiting students and scholars, the Embassy said, adding that the U.S. continued to welcome “legitimate” students and researchers.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denounced the U.S. action as “blatant political persecution and racist discrimination,” saying the move infringed on the students’ legitimate rights. “China reserves the right to take further

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