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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.”

Boston Magazine

Mother of Merci

Mother of Merci

After her father was murdered, Nixia came to Boston from Honduras in search of a better life for her children. But she had to leave one of them behind.

In the belly of a brown-brick apartment building in Allston, a pastor with silver teeth and a thin mustache is preaching hope and miracles to a crowd of Central American migrants, but Nixia’s mind is on the 15-year-old daughter she abandoned 2,000 miles away.

Centro / CBS-Boston

President Barack Obama’s Executive Order

On November 20th, President Barack Obama used his executive power to make what many consider some positive changes in our immigration system.

The President’s speech brought great joy and satisfaction to the 5 million undocumented immigrants who are now going to be able to receive the benefits offered by this executive order.

On this edition of Centro, WBZ’s Yadires Nova-Salcedo talks with Patricia Montes, Executive Director of “Centro Presente” a local non-profit organization which advocates for Latino immigrant rights. Tune in!


The Boston Herald

Son wants relief for his parents, too


Boston Globe

Who wins, loses with Obama’s immigration executive orders

Some undocumented immigrants in the country are very happy tonight – about 4.3 million. But some 6 million are disappointed. President Obama’s announcement of a set of executive orders on immigration is a major step toward fixing the status of unauthorized immigrants. But, no doubt, the moment feels bittersweet. As an advocate told me tonight: “It’s a victory, but it’s a partial victory.”

There are, of course, inevitable repercussions that will stem from this unilateral action. Here are the winners and losers:

El Nuevo Diario

Colocan grillete electrónico a indocumentados para que no se escapen

Colocan grillete electrónico a indocumentados para que no se escapen

Garífunas hondureñas que se encuentran en Boston, EEUU, cuentan a El Nuevo Diario lo difícil que es vivir con este rastreador que deben llevar en sus tobillos las 24 horas del día.
Colocan grillete electrónico a indocumentados para que no se escapen

Tucson Sentinel

A 6-year-old Honduran migrant goes to Washington

ALLSTON, Mass. — On a recent morning, 6-year-old Darling Guevara, a boy from Honduras, hopped on a toy truck parked in a front yard in this lower-middle-class neighborhood. He steered the wheel and waved farewell.

“Goodbye,” he said to his mother and two visitors as he set off on an imaginary trip. “I’m leaving.”

From the porch, his mom, Margarita Cartagena, flashed a sad smile and waved back at him.

What she really wants for Darling, and for herself, is to stay.


Boston To Limit Detainers On Immigrants

BOSTON — Boston has joined a growing number of cities that will no longer hold immigrants suspected of being in the United States illegally for possible deportation, unless an arrest warrant has been issued.

The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act, which supporters have said will improve relations between local law enforcement and immigrants wary of reporting crimes for fear of deportation.

Boston Globe

Mass. not needed to shelter migrant children

Mass. not needed to shelter migrant children

US says crisis at border is easing

Massachusetts will not need to open shelters for unaccompanied children who have fled Central America, federal officials said Tuesday, ending an emotional debate that erupted two weeks ago when Governor Deval Patrick proposed bringing 1,000 young migrants to two military bases in the state.