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State House News/Worcester Telegram

Baker urged to shift views on immigration

BOSTON - Immigrant activists secured a future sit-down with Gov.

WGBH

Immigration Activists Compare Baker To Donald Trump

Activists for immigration reform fired back at Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday at the State House, comparing comments made by the popular Republican chief executive to those of controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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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.

BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF

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.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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.