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Hodgson, O’Connell make case for immigration bill

Disruptions lead to rocky rollout of bill

BOSTON — A press conference called by Republican lawmakers to outline new immigration enforcement legislation devolved into shouting Wednesday as activists opposed to the measure interrupted the event, drawing the attention of a county sheriff who supports the bill.

In an unsigned ruling on Monday, the state’s highest court determined there is no legal authority for state and local officials to hold individuals solely at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Republicans want arrests for illegal immigration

Republicans want arrests for illegal immigration

Protestors from the immigrant rights group Centro Presente argue with Rep.

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State reps. defend immigration bill amid protests

BOSTON — State representatives from the Greater Lowell area defended their new bill that would give police the power to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities during a raucous Wednesday press conference interrupted by protesters.

Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican whose district covers part of Tewksbury, and Rep.

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GOP legislators introduce immigration bill to override SJC ruling

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson supports a bill on Beacon Hill that would allow local law enforcement to arrest and detain individuals wanted solely for immigration violations.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson supports a bill on Beacon Hill that would allow local law enforcement to arrest and detain individuals wanted solely for immigration violations.

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Massachusetts immigration activists crash Statehouse press conference, face off with Bristol County sheriff

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this year that state law doesn’t support local officials complying with detainer requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

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Gov. Baker Working on Bill on Immigration Detainer Requests

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is working on a bill in response to a court ruling that forbids police officers in Massachusetts from holding a person based solely on a federal immigration detainer request.

Lizzy Guyton, the governor’s communication director, said Wednesday the state police will continue to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by notifying ICE of the arrest and impending release of criminals sought by federal authorities.

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Centro Presente, City of Somerville host legal clinic to support immigrants protected under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Centro Presente and the City of Somerville will host a legal clinic to support immigrants protected under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Immigration lawyers will be on hand to provide free legal advice to participants regarding legal avenues to normalize their immigration status. TPS is a program of the U.S. government that grants temporary documentation to non-citizens from designated nations who are unable to return to their countries because of armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions.

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Our View of the Times – July 19

The City of Somerville’s Board of Alderman recently passed a resolution supporting the extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of immigration status that provides employment authorization and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries.

In its resolution, the Board stated that the city maintains a long and proud history as one that supports, values and respects its immigrants, regardless of their status of documentation, and refugees escaping war and natural disasters.

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City petitions DHS for Temporary Protected Status program extension

The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution last week that called for the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the extension the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program until 2019.

The document stated that the TPS program is “very much at risk” as in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies. 

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Somerville stands up for immigrant residents

Elizabeth Gutierrez’s voice quivered as she spoke before the Somerville Board of Aldermen last week. She told them how the disruption of a temporary residency program for some immigrants would break up her family.

“This is where our kids were born, it’s where our family is,” Gutierrez said.