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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.

The Somerville News

Somerville immigrants protest new enforcement measure

Secure Communities would identify illegal immigrants for deportation

By Andrew Firestone

 Representatives from a dozen immigrant organizations marched on the office of Governor Deval Patrick Dec. 22 to urge him to not sign onto the Secured Communities program.

The protesters were led by Somerville-based immigrant advocates Centro Presente.


Governor Patrick Flip Flops, Squashes Immigrants' Human Rights

When he took office in 2007, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick seemed like someone who would stand up for the rights of immigrants.

Wicked Local Cambridge / The Cambridge Chronicle

Immigrant activists protest state's move into 'secure communities'

Immigrant activists rallied Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick’s declared intention to sign on to the Secure Communities program, a federal initiative that would use locally gathered fingerprinting information to verify the immigration status of those arrested in Massachusetts.

The Boston Herald

Rally targets Mass. plan for immigration checks

BOSTON — Immigrant rights advocates rallied Wednesday at the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest a move by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration to join a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested.