Centro In the News

Boston Globe

Fear of deportations swirls in state

Federal immigration roundups in the United States last weekend frightened immigrants and advocates across Massachusetts, but law enforcement officials said Wednesday that nobody has been detained in New England.

Chelsea’s police chief, Brian Kyes, said rumors of immigration raids in Greater Boston rattled the city all weekend. On social media, panicked immigrants posted unconfirmed reports of raids at East Boston’s Maverick Square, in Chelsea, and at Logan International Airport, but Kyes said there were no raids.

State House News Service / New Boston Post

Latinos urge lawmakers to help ‘undocumented immigrants’

BOSTON – Activists marked International Migrants Day at the State House Friday by delivering a declaration pledging support for undocumented immigrants and calling on Beacon Hill leaders to join them in taking up the cause. Representatives of Centro Presente, the Student Immigration Movement and the Brazilian Worker Center brought copies of the declaration to the offices of Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

Bay State Banner

Trump’s rise pushes GOP further right

Dog-whistle rhetoric alienates large segments of electorate

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil | 9/2/2015, 10:37 a.m.

Norwood Transcript & Bulletin / Wicked Local

Trump visit draws mixed reaction in Norwood

NORWOOD

Groups of protesters and throngs of supporters greeted presidential candidate Donald Trump as he arrived in Norwood.

One of the first to arrive outside Ernie Boch Jr.’s home on Sumner Avenue was Norwood resident Linda Fingerson, who took umbrage with some of Trump’s charged statements on immigration and race. She thought the $100 to attend the fundraiser could be better spent elsewhere.

Boston Herald

Donald Trump rips CNN, illegals, John Kerry, backs Tom Brady

Slamming Secretary of State John F. Kerry as “a joke,” Donald Trump whipped a crowd of supporters into a froth at a fundraiser at car czar Ernie Boch Jr.’s Norwood manse, where the fiery real estate mogul doubled down on his hardline anti-immigration stance and scorched a CNN reporter.

“John Kerry is a joke. No, he’s a bicyclist,” Trump said of the former Bay State senator. “He’s 73 years old and he’s got a very big (Iran nuclear) deal going on and he goes into a bike race and breaks a leg. The Iranians can’t believe what’s going on.”

Public News Service

MA Advocates: Trump's "Anti-Immigrant" Rhetoric Targets Latinos, Mexicans

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire.

Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night’s vigil at the State House when Trump ejected Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from a news conference. She said that move shined a spotlight on a pattern in Trump’s anti-immigrant talk and actions.

Boston Herald

Trump vows at Boch bash: Illegal immigrants are ‘going to be gone’

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump doubled down on his hardline stance on immigration tonight at a campaign event at car czar Ernie Boch Jr.’s sprawling Norwood mansion.

“You know a lot of the gangs in St. Louis and Ferguson, a lot of the gangs in Chicago, the toughest and the meanest, the worst dudes … they’re illegal immigrants,” Trump said to a loud round of applause. “And I tell you one thing, if I get in, they’re going to be gone so fast out of this country … They’re going to be gone.”

The Boston Globe

Advocates rally at State House to condemn Trump remarks on Mexicans

More than 70 people gathered outside the State House Wednesday night to voice support for immigrants and to condemn presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans, which allegedly were cited by a man accused of beating a Mexican national in Dorchester last week.

As passing drivers honked their vehicles’ horns in solidarity, the advocates formed a circle and placed dozens of candles in the center, as well as signs with pro-immigrant messages such as, “We are Immigrants and we are Peaceful People.”

State House News

As attack victim recovers, activists point finger at Donald Trump

BOSTON - A week after a Mexican man was beaten and two days before Republican presidential race poll-leader Donald Trump’s visit to Massachusetts, immigration activists sought to draw a connection between the candidate and the crime.

Gathered around a cluster of electronic votive candles in front of the State House, speakers at a Wednesday evening vigil said Trump’s denunciations of the immigrants who are in the country illegally have repercussions outside the political realm.

Metro - Boston

Centro Presente to hold Anti-Trump vigil at State House

The stomping of a sleeping Mexican homeless man in South Boston has the undocumented immigrant community ready to take a stand against the dangerous climate they say is being created by hateful rhetoric.