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WWLP.com

Gov. Baker expected to file immigration enforcement bill

BOSTON (WWLP) – A dozen immigrant rights activists rallied at the State House on Friday to protest Governor Charlie Baker’s push for legislation authorizing stricter immigration enforcement.

Activists like Patricia Montes of the community organization Centro Presente fear legislation like this will potentially lead to racial profiling and criminalization of the immigrant community.

A.P. / U.S. News & World Report

Gov. Baker Working on Bill on Immigration Detainer Requests

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is working on a bill in response to a court ruling that forbids police officers in Massachusetts from holding a person based solely on a federal immigration detainer request.

Lizzy Guyton, the governor’s communication director, said Wednesday the state police will continue to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by notifying ICE of the arrest and impending release of criminals sought by federal authorities.

MassLive.com

Massachusetts immigration activists crash Statehouse press conference, face off with Bristol County sheriff

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this year that state law doesn’t support local officials complying with detainer requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The Boston Globe

GOP legislators introduce immigration bill to override SJC ruling

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson supports a bill on Beacon Hill that would allow local law enforcement to arrest and detain individuals wanted solely for immigration violations.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson supports a bill on Beacon Hill that would allow local law enforcement to arrest and detain individuals wanted solely for immigration violations.

Lowell Sun

State reps. defend immigration bill amid protests

BOSTON — State representatives from the Greater Lowell area defended their new bill that would give police the power to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities during a raucous Wednesday press conference interrupted by protesters.

Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican whose district covers part of Tewksbury, and Rep.

Eagle Tribune

Republicans want arrests for illegal immigration

Republicans want arrests for illegal immigration

Protestors from the immigrant rights group Centro Presente argue with Rep.

Taunton Daily Gazette

Hodgson, O’Connell make case for immigration bill

Disruptions lead to rocky rollout of bill

BOSTON — A press conference called by Republican lawmakers to outline new immigration enforcement legislation devolved into shouting Wednesday as activists opposed to the measure interrupted the event, drawing the attention of a county sheriff who supports the bill.

In an unsigned ruling on Monday, the state’s highest court determined there is no legal authority for state and local officials to hold individuals solely at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Somerville Times

Centro Presente, City of Somerville host legal clinic to support immigrants protected under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Centro Presente and the City of Somerville will host a legal clinic to support immigrants protected under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Immigration lawyers will be on hand to provide free legal advice to participants regarding legal avenues to normalize their immigration status. TPS is a program of the U.S. government that grants temporary documentation to non-citizens from designated nations who are unable to return to their countries because of armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions.

Boston Globe

Somerville stands up for immigrant residents

Elizabeth Gutierrez’s voice quivered as she spoke before the Somerville Board of Aldermen last week. She told them how the disruption of a temporary residency program for some immigrants would break up her family.

“This is where our kids were born, it’s where our family is,” Gutierrez said.