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Activists press legislators on Safe Communities Act
A group of Haitian pastors and advocates sent a letter to Massachusetts legislators last week urging a favorable report for the Safe Communities Act, noting that the ongoing pandemic has demonstrated the importance of protecting immigrants, who risk COVID-19 infections while facing the threat of deportation.
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International Institute of New England’s 'Suitcase Stories' now streaming
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International Institute of New England’s 'Suitcase Stories' now streaming
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public spaces have shuttered, but the need for stories of perseverance is greater than ever, and so Suitcase Stories has taken to the screen for virtual storytelling and community conversations.
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Activists call on ICE to release immigrants
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Activists call on ICE to release immigrants
Sen. Ed Markey joined immigration activists on Friday in an online conversation to discuss COVID-19’s impacts on the immigrant community.
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New policy on sharing BPS info with Boston Police
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New policy on sharing BPS info with Boston Police
Two months after a local civil rights group accused Boston Public Schools of sharing students’ information with federal immigration authorities, the city is proposing a new policy officials say will clarify the protocols for sharing that information with law enforcement and other groups.
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Advocates push for immigration bill
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Advocates push for immigration bill
Activists spoke in favor of and against the Safe Communities Act during a hearing last week.
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Undocumented license legislation stalled in House
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Undocumented license legislation stalled in House
Maybelline Perez, 21, remembers how complicated it was to move her belongings from her home in East Boston to her dorm on Northeastern University’s campus without a family car.Her brother Ben, 16, a boarding student in Andover, uses a combination of MBTA buses, subways and commuter rail to go between school and home, making what should be a 30-minute drive into a two-hour-long commute.Perez and her family moved to Boston in 2012 from El Salvador. Since then, they have been living in the United States undocumented. Having a driver’s license would allow the Perez family to take faster trips to Andover and to roam the state freely.
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Businesses push for Safe Communities Act
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Businesses push for Safe Communities Act
A coalition of business leaders is pushing for the passage of the Safe Communities Act in the Massachusetts Legislature. The legislation would bar police in the state from acting as immigration law enforcers, bar police and court officials from inquiring about immigration status unless required to do so by law and create standards for local law enforcement interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
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Documents reveal BPD-ICE relations
After police released 800 pages of emails between Boston Police Sgt. Detective Gregory Gallagher, an officer who serves as the department’s liaison with ICE, and ICE agents, city councilors are questioning whether the department violated the city’s Trust Act, which bars BPD officers from holding people in their custody or turning them over to ICE agents based solely on their immigration status.
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Pressley holds town hall in Randolph
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Pressley holds town hall in Randolph
The constituents who came to Stetson Hall in Randolph brought questions about immigration, impeachment, women’s rights and growing inequality to 7th District U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s town hall meeting Saturday.
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Immigrant activists push driver’s license bill
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Immigrant activists push driver’s license bill
Supporters of efforts to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver’s licenses gathered at the State House on Sept. 4 to push for passage of the Work and Family Mobility Act.
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Activists press Rep. Lynch on immigration
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Activists press Rep. Lynch on immigration
Activists made simultaneous visits to the Boston, Quincy and Brockton offices of U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch time on July 25 to demand that the congressman support the closure of juvenile-migrant-detention facilities along the United States-Mexico border.
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Activists protest against detention centers
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Activists protest against detention centers
More than 1,000 protestors marched last Tuesday from the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston to the South Bay House of Correction in a demonstration against the United States government’s detention of immigrants in facilities at the U.S. border with Mexico and across the country.
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