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Eagle Tribune

Clinton, Sanders supporters rally outside Mass. Statehouse

BOSTON — With just under two weeks until Massachusetts voters head to the polls to pick presidential candidates, supporters of the two Democratic contenders pitched communities of color from the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse on Wednesday.

With separate press conferences scheduled two hours apart, politicians and activists backing Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each described their candidate as a trailblazer with a concrete plan to tackle racial disparities.

The Republican / MassLive.com

'Trust Act' revives debate over Massachusetts enforcement of immigration law


Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson and Centro Presente director Patricia Montes debate a bill relating to undocumented immigration outside a Statehouse hearing on Feb.

Boston Globe

Advocates cheer court’s decision to review immigration programs

Advocates for immigrants cheered the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to review President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, raising hopes that the high court will clear the way for millions of immigrants here illegally to apply for work permits this year, including thousands in Massachusetts.

Bay State Banner

Fears and protests in wake of ICE raids on Central American families

Announcements of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on undocumented Central American immigrants last week sent tremors of fear across the nation’s immigrant communities. Over New Year’s weekend, 121 individuals were rounded up and sent to a Texas facility to be processed for deportation. Most were women and children residing in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.

South Coast Today

Advocates: Families 'very worried' about raids, deportation

NEW BEDFORD — Undocumented immigrants and families from Central America living in New Bedford are worried and panicked in light of the federal government’s deportation of 121 individuals living in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina who were taken into custody this weekend, local immigration advocates said.

It’s a concern. There are a number of families who are very worried,” said Corinn Williams, executive director of the Community Economic Development Center.

Boston Globe

Fear of deportations swirls in state

Federal immigration roundups in the United States last weekend frightened immigrants and advocates across Massachusetts, but law enforcement officials said Wednesday that nobody has been detained in New England.

Chelsea’s police chief, Brian Kyes, said rumors of immigration raids in Greater Boston rattled the city all weekend. On social media, panicked immigrants posted unconfirmed reports of raids at East Boston’s Maverick Square, in Chelsea, and at Logan International Airport, but Kyes said there were no raids.

State House News Service / New Boston Post

Latinos urge lawmakers to help ‘undocumented immigrants’

BOSTON – Activists marked International Migrants Day at the State House Friday by delivering a declaration pledging support for undocumented immigrants and calling on Beacon Hill leaders to join them in taking up the cause. Representatives of Centro Presente, the Student Immigration Movement and the Brazilian Worker Center brought copies of the declaration to the offices of Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

Bay State Banner

Trump’s rise pushes GOP further right

Dog-whistle rhetoric alienates large segments of electorate

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil | 9/2/2015, 10:37 a.m.

Norwood Transcript & Bulletin / Wicked Local

Trump visit draws mixed reaction in Norwood


Groups of protesters and throngs of supporters greeted presidential candidate Donald Trump as he arrived in Norwood.

One of the first to arrive outside Ernie Boch Jr.’s home on Sumner Avenue was Norwood resident Linda Fingerson, who took umbrage with some of Trump’s charged statements on immigration and race. She thought the $100 to attend the fundraiser could be better spent elsewhere.

Boston Herald

Donald Trump rips CNN, illegals, John Kerry, backs Tom Brady

Slamming Secretary of State John F. Kerry as “a joke,” Donald Trump whipped a crowd of supporters into a froth at a fundraiser at car czar Ernie Boch Jr.’s Norwood manse, where the fiery real estate mogul doubled down on his hardline anti-immigration stance and scorched a CNN reporter.

“John Kerry is a joke. No, he’s a bicyclist,” Trump said of the former Bay State senator. “He’s 73 years old and he’s got a very big (Iran nuclear) deal going on and he goes into a bike race and breaks a leg. The Iranians can’t believe what’s going on.”