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The Boston Globe

Call for change stirs East Boston immigrants

A Democratic congressman from President Obama’s home state gathered immigrants in East Boston yesterday to draw attention to the plight of families that fear being divided by deportation and to warn that the president risks losing the support of the Latino community if he doesn’t deliver on immigration reform.

Metro Boston

Pols criticized on immigration at rally

An immigrant rights group, joined by congressmen, yesterday pushed the Obama administration and Gov. Deval Patrick to do more to support immigrants and stop increasing deportations.  

“We want that champion of our community that we all voted for to show and say ‘Here I am. I am ready to demonstrate some balance,’” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Chicago.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030

Illinois Congressman Holds Immigration Rally In East Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez met with immigrant advocates for a rally in East Boston on Sunday.

Speaking in Spanish and English, Rep. Gutierrez told the crowd that President Barack Obama is not living up to a campaign pledge he made to immigrants before the election.

“And you said, ‘Elect me president of the United States, and I will be your champion for immigration reform,’” said Rep. Gutierrez.


'Voluntary' immigration program not so voluntary

WASHINGTON — A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects’ fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.

Thousands of documents made public by the Homeland Security Department provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the administration scrambled to quiet the criticism and negative publicity surrounding the immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

Post Somerville

Photos: Centro Presente brings ‘Secure Communities’ protest to Statehouse

Centro Presente turned the delivery of postcards decrying Massachusetts’ possible participation in the federal Secure Communities program into an impromptu protest Monday after Gov. Deval Patrick would not receive them in person.

After around two dozen group members and supporters spent more than three hours waiting outside the governor’s office, Patrick agreed to sit down with the organizers. He said later there would be public hearings on the issue across the state .

The Arlington Advocate / Wicked Local Arlington

Protesters meet with Patrick after ripping 'secure communities'

Loud and occasionally heated protests echoed through the capitol Monday, prompting State Police to step up their presence outside Gov. Deval Patrick’s office as the protesters, immigrant advocates, demanded that the governor retreat from plans to join a federal program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

The Boston Globe / boston.com

Group urges Patrick to reject immigration checks

BOSTONImmigrant rights advocates urged Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday not to sign Massachusetts on to a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested, but the governor said the state might have no choice in the matter.

Post Somerville

Patrick meets immigrant advocates after stand-off (video)

What began as an organized Statehouse rally by Somerville-based immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente Monday ended in a stand-off with Patrick administration officials after he would not receive the group personally.


“Whose house? Our house!” chanted the two dozen protesters, who ultimately waited at the entrance to the Executive Chambers for three hours. They angrily denounced attempts made to explain Gov. Deval Patrick’s stance on the federal Secure Communities program from anyone but the governor himself.

The Associated Press / ABC News

Mass. Company Draws Fire for Immigration Game App

Mass Company Draws Fire for Immigration Game App

Boston tech company draws fire for game app allowing users to drive truck full of immigrants

Wicked Local Stow / Beacon-Villager

Focus on immigration in Stow

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge recently served as a panelist on a forum on immigration in Stow, an opportunity sponsored by the First Parish Unitarian Church.

The forum focused on the current debate over immigrant rights, with a particular emphasis on state and federal legislation.