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Baker and immigration advocates clash on statewide policy

BOSTON (WWLP) – The immigration debate is heating up in Massachusetts. Pro-immigration advocates made sure their voices were heard by many on the State House steps.

Immigrants and state lawmakers rallied in the summer heat, frustrated by Governor Charlie Baker’s views on immigration. They’re in support of a bill known as the “Trust Act,” that would restrict local police from enforcing federal immigration laws unless it involves a dangerous criminal.

Boston Globe

Two South Boston brothers allegedly beat homeless man

The homeless man was lying on the ground, shaking, when police arrived early Wednesday. His face was soaked, apparently with urine, his nose broken, his chest and arms battered.

Police said two brothers from South Boston allegedly ambushed the 58-year-old as he slept outside of a Dorchester MBTA stop, and targeted him because he is Hispanic. One of the brothers said he was inspired in part by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The allegations ignited widespread condemnation Wednesday.

State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker defers to local leaders in veto threat over immigration bills

BOSTON - Ratcheting up opposition to legislation providing legal protection to people in the country illegally, Gov. Charlie Baker said he would veto such a bill should it reach his desk.

Baker made the comment in a radio interview last week responding to a question emailed by a listener. The governor’s opposition to a statewide policy regarding enforcement of federal immigration law comes as an immigrant advocacy groups plans a rally at the State House this week.

Boston Globe

Lawrence mayor drops opposition to City Council’s immigration ordinance

Lawrence mayor drops opposition to City Council’s immigration ordinance

A young girl who was part of the overflow crowd waited outside the City Council chambers during Tuesday night’s vote.

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A young girl who was part of the overflow crowd waited outside the City Council chambers during Tuesday night’s vote.

Lawrence Eagle Tribune

'Sanctuary City' policy OK'd

Sanctuary City’ policy OK’d

By Keith Eddings keddings@eagletribune.com  | Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:55 am

Boston Globe

Lawrence limits cooperation with immigration officials

 Cesar Boc spoke in favor of the measure to limit police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Cesar Boc spoke in favor of the measure to limit police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Metro - Boston

Undocumented immigrant rights groups push TRUST Act on Beacon Hill, aim to improve police relations

The issue of immigration is nothing new to the United States. Throughout our history as a nation open to anyone seeking a better life, the influx of various groups has continuously generated some form of tension and mistrust as people integrate and adapt to American society. 

The East Boston-based immigrants rights organization, Centro Presente, embarked on an education campaign throughout the State House, calling on legislators to support the TRUST Act as an alternative to the Secure Communities Act. 

The Boston Globe

Newest illegal immigrants face more scrutiny than many criminals

Newest illegal immigrants face more scrutiny than many criminals

BURLINGTON — Immigration officials are keeping a close watch on Veronica Morales. Every Monday, she must check in at an office in Burlington. Every Thursday, she waits for hours at home in Lynn in case an immigration contractor drops by. And if that’s not enough, officials attached a GPS device to her ankle.

The Boston Globe

Policy may reunite immigrants, endangered children

Federal officials are rolling out a new refugee program that could reunite thousands of children facing danger in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador with their immigrant parents in the United States.

Officials announced the program with little fanfare in November, and it has taken time for the word to spread. Thousands of immigrants who have had temporary legal status for many years could be eligible to apply for the first time to bring their children to America.

Boston Globe

Latinos lack in power positions in area cities, report says

Latinos lack in power positions in area cities, report says

Report cites ‘silent crisis’ in area cities

The Latino population in Boston, Somerville, and Chelsea has boomed in recent years, but their faces remain largely absent from positions of power in City Hall, according to a new report from an advocacy organization that brands the dearth of Hispanics in local government a “silent crisis.”