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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.

The Boston Herald

Boston weighs bid to shield immigrants

Immigrant rights advocates packed City Council chambers last night in support of a councilor’s proposal to stop Boston cops from holding illegal immigrants for federal agents absent other crimes — a procedure critics argue has a “chilling effect” on undocumented aliens, but supporters defend as necessary to snag criminals.

The Boston Globe

Immigration issues may get shelved

Immigration issues may get shelved

Proposal to house children from across the border clouds bills before lawmakers

Activists and some legislators said the arrival of thousands of children at the nation’s border and Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to shelter some of them has hardened views on immigration, dimming prospects for legislation that would limit local law enforcement’s role in the deportation of adult immigrants.


Gov. Patrick’s Offer To House Unaccompanied Immigrants Sparks Debate

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s offer to temporarily shelter some of the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since last fall has ignited a debate across Massachusetts.

Last week, an emotional Gov. Patrick said he had a moral obligation to help immigrant children who’ve been detained at the southern border.

Cape Cod Times / Cape Cod On-Line

GOP leaders debate detainee issues

BOSTON — The debate over bringing immigrant children to the Bay State reached an emotional crescendo on Beacon Hill Thursday, one week after Gov. Deval Patrick offered Joint Base Cape Cod as a possible destination.

While Republican leaders met with state and federal officials behind closed doors in the office of House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, R-North Reading, immigration advocates held a rally in a Statehouse gallery.


Fight Between Immigration Activist and Mayor Escalates to Shouting Match with Racism Accusations

A closed-door meeting regarding the migrant children gathered along the US border led to a dramatic confrontation between representatives of Massachusetts’ immigrant community and the mayor of Lynn, Mass.


Immigration meeting on Beacon Hill devolves into shouting match as activists confront elected officials

BOSTON — A fact finding meeting between elected officials, county sheriffs, and federal immigration officers inside the House Minority Leader’s office ended with an emotionally charged confrontational shouting match with pro-immigration activists.

22News WWLP

Immigrant activists try to crash closed-door meeting

BOSTON (WWLP) – Tensions were high when pro-immigration supporters barged into House Republican Leader Brad Jones’ office during a closed door meeting between federal immigration officials and the Republican Party.

“They don’t want to have a conversation with us. That’s the only thing that we want. If they want to talk about our people, if they want to talk about people like me, have a conversation with the immigrant community in Massachusetts,” said pro-immigration supporter Patricia Montes.