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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.

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It’s the wrong time to end protected status, returning refugees to Haiti and elsewhere

Hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping war and natural disasters in Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador are in serious jeopardy of being sent home by the Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security in the first quarter of 2018, including from the Boston metro area, the third-largest Haitian community in the United States.

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Quotable Quotes

The unique cultures, traditions and perspectives of Massachusetts’ Latino community continue to shape and influence the development and success of our Commonwealth. Our administration is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to residents across Massachusetts and we look forward to working with the Latino community through this commission.”

— Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Gov. Baker’ s establishment of a Latino Advisory Commission to focus on addressing the concerns of the Massachusetts Latino community.

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Baker creates state’s first Latino Advisory Commission; not all praise it

A commission was created this week by Governor Charlie Baker to address issues that affect the state’s growing Latino community.

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Governor’s Latino Advisory Commission must deliver tangible results

The Baker administration’s announcement of the establishment of a Latino Advisory Commission should, in itself, be applauded.

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The Majority of Hate Crimes Committed in the U.S. Are Not Reported to Police, Report Says

(WASHINGTON) — The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates’ concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities.