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Regional News • Americas • United States
Federal Judge rules that not granting Puerto Rico access to federal programs is unconstitutional
Federal Judge rules that not granting Puerto Rico access to federal programs is unconstitutional
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Judge William G. Young has ruled that the United States federal government "discriminates" Puerto Ricans by denying Supplemental Security Income and is unconstitutional. Nine plaintiffs had appealed to the courts.

The judge has granted the federal government a two-month administrative timeframe in which the ruling only applies to the nine plaintiffs and legal experts expect the government to appeal the ruling and probably take it to the highest instance, the United States Supreme Court.

Regional News • Europe
Spanish cabinet agrees on plans for for national minimum income

According to a spokesperson the Spanish cabinet has approved a national minimum income of 462€ for citizens that earn below this threshold. People between 21 and 65 that earn below the minimum will receive money from the government to ensure that they get at least the minimum amount every month. For families the amount can increase up to 1,015€.

Regional News • Europe
Portugal government announces to treat migrants as residents during Covid-19 pandemic

In order to allow migrants and asylum seekers, that are currently living in Portugal, access to the public services of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced to treat them as residents. Being treated as such they can use social security services such as healthcare or welfare, but also open bank accounts, close rental contracts and work. The only requirement is an ongoing request for residency.