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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.

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.