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Campaign aims to pull Massachusetts Latinos into political

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'Trust Act' revives debate over Massachusetts enforcement of immigration law

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Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson and Centro Presente director Patricia Montes debate a bill relating to undocumented immigration outside a Statehouse hearing on Feb.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Latinos urge lawmakers to help ‘undocumented immigrants’

BOSTON – Activists marked International Migrants Day at the State House Friday by delivering a declaration pledging support for undocumented immigrants and calling on Beacon Hill leaders to join them in taking up the cause. Representatives of Centro Presente, the Student Immigration Movement and the Brazilian Worker Center brought copies of the declaration to the offices of Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

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PRESS RELEASE: Centro Presente Launches Informative Campaign and Continues Its Efforts to Educate Immigrant Community About Its Rights

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Patricia Montes, Centro Presente 617 483 2937

Boston, MA- Within the context of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) increased emphasis on deporting families and children who arrived in this country fleeing violence and societal instability in Central America, Centro Presente is redoubling its on-going efforts to educate the community about the rights of immigrants and the reasons why people are coming to the U.S. undocumented. As part of this increased effort Centro Presente is hosting two forums in January.

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PRESS ADVISORY: VIGIL IN SOLIDARITY WITH IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY

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Patricia Montes, Centro Presente 617 483 2937

WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Steps of the Massachusetts State House

Boston, MA- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly planning a nationwide surge in raids starting this month aimed at deporting adults and children who have already been ordered removed by an immigration judge.