Senators ask DHS to crack down on alleged coerced labor

Six US senators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to take immediate steps to ensure private-prison operators aren't using forced labor at immigrant detention centers, after allegations that detainees feel coerced to work for $1 per day or less to get sufficient food and basic services.

Black Democratic leaders will visit Alabama to help Doug Jones

Several top-tier African-American Democratic lawmakers will descend on Alabama this weekend to rally supporters for Doug Jones ahead of the Senate special election Tuesday -- a rarity for a campaign that has sought to maintain a distinctly local flavor.