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The Somerville News

Somerville Aldermen pass DREAM Act

The Board of Aldermen last week unanimously voted to support a federal move to give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

“This is the only country that these kids have ever known,” said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gerwitz, who introduced the resolution.  “Let’s invest in them.”


Somerville Voices

Aldermen Unanimously Support the DREAM Act

News from The Welcome Project: After weeks of testimony, advocacy and hard work, the youth of the Welcome Project and Centro Presente took a breath to celebrate Thursday night after the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a local resolution supporting federal DREAM Act legislation.

Two youth — both Somerville public school students — spoke to the aldermen last night, continuing to make their case.

The Somerville News

Somerville aldermen pass resolution supporting DREAM act

Aldermen voted unanimously tonight to support a federal resolution that would give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

Immigration advocates and their supporters applauded after the resolution was passed at tonight’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

The DREAM Act, under consideration in Congress, would give young people a chance to become legal residents or citizens if they attend college or serve in the military while meeting other requirements.

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.