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Boston Globe

LTE: We must confront how our policies breed immigrants’ desperation

While the general sentiment of the June 17 editorial “Influx of children shows urgency of need for immigration reform” is not off-base, the Globe once again misses the point on our immigration crisis, and ironically accuses President Obama of doing what the US news media often do when they write abo

Boston Globe

Boston mayor to sign act limiting immigration holds

Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared Wednesday he would sign a city ordinance to prohibit Boston police from detaining illegal immigrants for possible deportation, unless they were convicted of a serious crime.

The proposal is still in its early stages, but Walsh’s announcement to a jubilant convention of mostly immigrant union delegates at the Hynes Convention Center drew a standing ovation and some tears, even as critics warned that the plan could backfire and lead to the release of dangerous criminals.

The Boston Globe

Somerville sends needed message about flawed Secure Communities

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone made a significant statement this week when he signed an executive order limiting the city’s participation in Secure Communities, the controversial federal immigration program in which local police assist in holding immigrants for possible deportation.

Open Media Boston

Somerville Mayor Announces Limits on City’s Cooperation with Federal Deportation Program

Somerville, Mass. - At a press conference at city hall on Wednesday, Somerville City Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced an executive order that will limit the city’s participation in the federal Secure Communities deportation program.

El Planeta

Curtatone: "No estamos hablando de deportados o ilegales. Estamos hablando de personas"

Se cree que durante la Guerra Revolucionaria de Estados Unidos, George Washington ordenó elevar la primera bandera de Estados Unidos en el tope de Prospect Hill, en Somerville. El 1 de enero de 1776 la “Grand Union Flag”, como se le llamaba, fue izada en el mástil de un barco en el tope de esta colina.

The Boston Herald

Somerville mayor: No more 'villainizing' undocument immigrants

Starting tomorrow, it’s no longer illegal to be illegal in Somerville, according to Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, who is slated to sign an executive order Thursday barring his cops from holding undocumented aliens in jail simply for immigration violations — an unprecedented move, even in the Bay State, though other communities may quickly follow suit.

The Boston Herald

Somerville mayor calls immigration order ‘pro-public safety’

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said today that his decision to sign an executive order — ending the city’s cooperation with federal immigration officials — was based on “pro-family” and “pro-public safety” values that will enable law-abiding residents who are in the country illegally to step out of the shadows and lose their fear of police.

“We are taking action today that is pro-public safety and pro-family and we call on the state Legislature to follow the lead,” Curtatone said on the steps of City Hall.

Wicked Local Boxborough / The Beacon

Somerville mayor to put immigrant detention on ICE

Under an executive order from Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville will no longer fully participate in a federal immigrant detention program.

Curtatone announced the order at a press conference in front of City Hall May 21 and promised to sign it Thursday night. Somerville is the first community in Massachusetts to limit participation in the program.

The Boston Globe

Somerville to limit holding of immigrants

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will sign an executive order barring city police from holding people solely to allow federal agents to pick them up for suspected immigration violations.

Curtatone said in a phone interview Tuesday that the order is “what’s morally responsible to protect families in our community.” The mayor plans to sign the order Thursday.

Fox News Latino

Is Cooperation Between Local And Federal Cops On Immigration Fading? Various States Cutting Ties

Massachusetts is poised to take up a measure that would curb the sharing of information on immigrants between local law enforcement authorities and federal immigration officials.

The proposed law, called “An Act To Restore Community Trust In Massachusetts Law Enforcement,” more commonly known as “The Massachusetts Trust Act,” takes aim at the controversial federal “Secure Communities” program, and could come to a vote next year.