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LAW Student Combines Legal Studies, Activism

LAW Student Combines Legal Studies, Activism

In a combustible year, Mario Paredes works the front lines of politics

Centro / CBS-Boston

Our Voices, Our Vote – Voter Registration Campaign

Our Voices, Our Vote – Voter Registration Campaign


State House News / New Boston Post

Immigrant group, DeLeo differ on his influence on bill

STATE HOUSE — For more than five hours Thursday a small group of immigrant rights activists camped outside Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office, saying they wanted a meeting with the top House Democrat whose influence they believe is blocking a bill they support.

At an event at Suffolk University, DeLeo told the News Service that he could not say whether he opposes or backs the bill, which would prevent local police departments from arresting and detaining undocumented immigrants based solely on their immigration status.

WWLP.com / State House News Service

Campaign aims to pull Massachusetts Latinos into political

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.