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The Boston Herald

Group: Illegals are paying fair share

A leading immigrant advocate insisted yesterday there are plenty of illegal aliens who work hard, pay taxes and pay for their own health care, as she blasted critics of a $50 million health-care program that provides free emergency treatment for undocumented residents.

“People need to know immigrants are paying for these services too,” said Patricia Montes, executive director of Somerville-based Centro Presente.

Post Somerville

BOA committee green-lights DREAM Act resolution

Wednesday night marked the third time in a month that immigrant community activists filled a room in City Hall to ask Somerville officials to make the case for a resolution supporting federal legislation that would help the children of undocumented immigrants afford college.

Somerville Journal/Wicked Local Somerville

Somerville School Committee passes resolution supporting the DREAM Act

With a unanimous vote, the Somerville School Committee passed a resolution that supports the concepts of the Dream Act, which is currently before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.


Students Win School Committee Support of DREAM ACT

Kevin Alegria would like to study U.S. History and acting when he grows up. But it will take more than good grades to make the 14-year-old’s dreams come true, and legal— he will also need an act of Congress.

Alegria, an 8th grader at the Argenziano School, joined more than a dozen other Somerville youths on Monday to urge the School Committee to declare their support of the DREAM Act now before Congress.

The Boston Herald

Mass. immigrant group to hold Boston police forum

An immigrant advocacy group is planning a forum on the Boston police’s participation in a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested.

Centro Presente, a Somerville-based group that opposes the “Secure Communities” program, has scheduled the forum for Sunday in East Boston. The group is also planning a campaign to get Boston police to end participation in the program.

Somerville News

Feds search East Somerville building, come up empty

Immigrant advocates are denouncing a recent federal immigration action in East Somerville, saying that agents intimidated a family of documented immigrants while looking for another man in a Franklin Street building last week.

On Thursday, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, conducted an operation in Somerville, said Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, a Somerville based immigrant rights group.

Somerville Journal/Wicked Local Somerville

ICE operation leaves Somerville residents distraught

There are few details, but an operation by the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement agency last week sent shockwaves through the city’s immigrant community.

“Late-night knocks at the door by groups of men dressed in black are intimidating to anyone, but even more so to the vulnerable families of neighborhoods like East Somerville,” the immigration advocacy group Centro Presente said in a statement.


Ex-Popeyes workers in Boston paid owed wages

It was an embarrassing end to an embarrassing episode for former Massachusetts state transportation secretary Richard L. Taylor on Thursday. The prominent advocate for people of color in Boston settled accusations he stiffed black and Latino employees of his Popeye’s fast-food chicken restaurant out of thousands of dollars in wages.


Ex-Popeyes Boston workers receive back wages

BOSTONAdvocates say a group of Latino immigrants and black workers have been paid back wages they were owed from a now-closed Boston Popeyes franchise owned by a former state transportation secretary.

Centro Presente, an immigrant rights group based in Somerville, made the announcement Thursday at a news conference at Boston City Hall. The group said five workers had been owed back pay totaling $9,748.

Boston Globe

Ex-Popeyes franchise owner is fined

A Harvard-educated businessman who cracked the racial barrier to become state transportation secretary in the 1990s has been fined for failing to pay thousands of dollars in wages to immigrant workers at a Popeyes chicken franchise in Boston.

In May, the state attorney general’s office ordered owner Richard L. Taylor and restaurant manager Reba Danastorg to pay $9,748 in wages to five workers at the popular chicken chain in Kenmore Square, which closed a few months ago. The state also fined them a total of $5,000.