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South Coast Today

As advocates push for state resolution, New Bedford educates its TPS holders

BOSTON - SouthCoast immigrants, particularly those with Temporary Protected Status, are seeking options after federal immigration law changes leave them fearful of losing their status that resulted from dangerous conditions, typically ongoing conflicts or environmental disasters in their home country.


Boston's Immigrant Communities Respond To ICE Raids In Mass.

Boston’s immigrant communities are responding with anger and fear to the recent arrests of some 50 people across the state by federal agents this week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or ICE — targeted Massachusetts as part of a nation-wide crack-down on people in the country illegally who had also committed crimes. But immigrant advocates in Boston say the raids are sweeping up the innocent and leaving neighborhoods terrified.

The Boston Globe

Families of immigrants arrested in ICE raid calling advocates for help

A leading immigrant rights group in Greater Boston says it’s received calls from about 10 families of people who were arrested this week in Massachusetts as part of nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

“Our communities are confronting a crisis,” said Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, the group that has fielded calls for assistance, in a phone interview Friday. “It’s like a war against our community.”


50 Arrested In Massachusetts Amid Federal Immigration Sweep

BOSTON (AP) — Federal immigration officials say 50 people were arrested in Massachusetts as part of a nationwide sweep focusing on what they called “sanctuary” jurisdictions, which limit local authorities’ cooperation in immigration investigations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Thursday that the four-day operation netted 498 people wanted for immigration violations. Of those, 317 had criminal convictions.

Among those arrested in Boston was a citizen of India convicted of indecent assault.

Lowell Sun

Lawmakers: Extend refugee protections

BOSTON — Some Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates are worried that American residents who once fled their unsafe home countries could soon be kicked out of this one.

The future of “Temporary Protected Status” for these residents is in jeopardy, putting at risk the futures of thousands of American residents — many of whom live in the Merrimack Valley, experts estimated.


Activists protest Trump decision on deportation protections

Wednesday’s protest was organized by the advocacy group Centro Presente

BOSTON (AP) — Immigration activists have filled the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest President Donald Trump’s plan to end prot

CBS Boston

Centro: Boston City Council Says YES To TPS

WBZ’s Yadires Nova-Salcedo talks with Jennifer Hernandez, community organizer of the non-profit organization Centro Presente, which is spearheading a new campaign in defense of TPS.

[video at the link]


Boston Globe

Council unanimously backs immigration protection

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim spoke in Faneuil Hall Wednesday about the extension of Temporary Protected Status.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim spoke in Faneuil Hall Wednesday about the extension of Temporary Protected Status.

Public News Service

Boston to Push: Extending Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants

BOSTON – A measure is pending before the Boston City Council to urge the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status. TPS is a humanitarian program intended to provide safe haven in the U.S. for people fleeing dangers such as natural disasters, wars and gangs. So far, the administration is moving in the opposite direction. 

Former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is now the president’s chief of staff, has said TPS status for Haitian refugees fleeing an earthquake should end in January. 


Immigrant rights activists protest Governor Baker’s immigration enforcement bill

BOSTON (WWLP)–Governor Charlie Baker (R-Massachusetts) is pushing a bill that authorizes state and local police to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts to catch dangerous criminals. But protesters are calling the bill anti-immigrant legislation.