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Encuentro with Faith Community


Latino immigrant workers share their experiences with faith community

Patricia Montes, Centro Presente (617) 959 31 08
Rev. Edwin Johnson, St. James’s Episcopal Church (857) 998-1461

When: Sunday, February 27th from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Where: St. James’s Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA.

Who: Centro Presente and St. James’s Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA.

Centro in the News

'Voluntary' immigration program not so voluntary

WASHINGTON — A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects’ fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.

Thousands of documents made public by the Homeland Security Department provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the administration scrambled to quiet the criticism and negative publicity surrounding the immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

Centro in the News

Patrick meets immigrant advocates after stand-off (video)

What began as an organized Statehouse rally by Somerville-based immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente Monday ended in a stand-off with Patrick administration officials after he would not receive the group personally.


“Whose house? Our house!” chanted the two dozen protesters, who ultimately waited at the entrance to the Executive Chambers for three hours. They angrily denounced attempts made to explain Gov. Deval Patrick’s stance on the federal Secure Communities program from anyone but the governor himself.

Centro in the News

Group urges Patrick to reject immigration checks

BOSTONImmigrant rights advocates urged Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday not to sign Massachusetts on to a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested, but the governor said the state might have no choice in the matter.

Centro in the News

Protesters meet with Patrick after ripping 'secure communities'

Loud and occasionally heated protests echoed through the capitol Monday, prompting State Police to step up their presence outside Gov. Deval Patrick’s office as the protesters, immigrant advocates, demanded that the governor retreat from plans to join a federal program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

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Photos: Centro Presente brings ‘Secure Communities’ protest to Statehouse

Centro Presente turned the delivery of postcards decrying Massachusetts’ possible participation in the federal Secure Communities program into an impromptu protest Monday after Gov. Deval Patrick would not receive them in person.

After around two dozen group members and supporters spent more than three hours waiting outside the governor’s office, Patrick agreed to sit down with the organizers. He said later there would be public hearings on the issue across the state .


Just Communities/Comunidades Justas Event


Monday February, 14th at 11 a.m

As part of our Just Communities/Comunidades Justas campaign
Centro Presente invites you to a Public Event to deliver more than a thousand postcards URGING the Patrick administration to not enter Massachusetts into the “Secure Communities” Program.

When: Monday February, 14th at 11 a.m

Where: Massachusetts, State House

Centro in the News

Mass. Company Draws Fire for Immigration Game App

Mass Company Draws Fire for Immigration Game App

Boston tech company draws fire for game app allowing users to drive truck full of immigrants

Centro in the News

Focus on immigration in Stow

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge recently served as a panelist on a forum on immigration in Stow, an opportunity sponsored by the First Parish Unitarian Church.

The forum focused on the current debate over immigrant rights, with a particular emphasis on state and federal legislation.

Press Release

Centro Presente Seeks Development Coordinator

Development Coordinator

Mission: Established in 1981, Centro Presente, is a member-driven, statewide organization dedicated to achieving the self-determination of the Latino immigrant community in Massachusetts. Centro Presente fights for immigrant rights and economic and social justice. Through the integration of service provision, community organizing and leadership development, Centro Presente strives to give voice to our membership and build community power.