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Boston's Immigrant Communities Respond To ICE Raids In Mass.

Boston’s immigrant communities are responding with anger and fear to the recent arrests of some 50 people across the state by federal agents this week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or ICE — targeted Massachusetts as part of a nation-wide crack-down on people in the country illegally who had also committed crimes. But immigrant advocates in Boston say the raids are sweeping up the innocent and leaving neighborhoods terrified.

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Lawmakers: Extend refugee protections

BOSTON — Some Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates are worried that American residents who once fled their unsafe home countries could soon be kicked out of this one.

The future of “Temporary Protected Status” for these residents is in jeopardy, putting at risk the futures of thousands of American residents — many of whom live in the Merrimack Valley, experts estimated.

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Centro: Boston City Council Says YES To TPS

WBZ’s Yadires Nova-Salcedo talks with Jennifer Hernandez, community organizer of the non-profit organization Centro Presente, which is spearheading a new campaign in defense of TPS.

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Activists protest Trump decision on deportation protections

Wednesday’s protest was organized by the advocacy group Centro Presente

BOSTON (AP) — Immigration activists have filled the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest President Donald Trump’s plan to end prot

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Council unanimously backs immigration protection

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim spoke in Faneuil Hall Wednesday about the extension of Temporary Protected Status.

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Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim spoke in Faneuil Hall Wednesday about the extension of Temporary Protected Status.

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Boston to Push: Extending Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants

BOSTON – A measure is pending before the Boston City Council to urge the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status. TPS is a humanitarian program intended to provide safe haven in the U.S. for people fleeing dangers such as natural disasters, wars and gangs. So far, the administration is moving in the opposite direction. 

Former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is now the president’s chief of staff, has said TPS status for Haitian refugees fleeing an earthquake should end in January. 

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Immigrant rights activists protest Governor Baker’s immigration enforcement bill

BOSTON (WWLP)–Governor Charlie Baker (R-Massachusetts) is pushing a bill that authorizes state and local police to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts to catch dangerous criminals. But protesters are calling the bill anti-immigrant legislation.


Governor Charlie Baker STOP criminalizing the immigrant community

Centro Presente and the Brazilian Worker Center invite you to a PEACEFUL AND URGENT ACTION!


WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

WHEN: Wednesday, August 9th at 11:00 a.m.

Governor Charlie Baker STOP criminalizing the immigrant community.


Save TPS Now!

Centro Presente has launched a campaign to advocate for the maintenance of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of the more than 300,000 Central American and Haitian immigrants in the U.S. living and working under this program. With support from Alianza Americas they have produced this video about the issue of TPS in collaboration with Intercultural Productions.

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Activists press Gov. Baker on cooperation with U.S. Immigration