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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.

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Convocan a una vigilia en la Casa de Estado para defender el TPS

La organización local Centro Presente ha organizado una protesta para apoyar a las personas amparadas bajo el Estatus de Protección Temporal

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Report: City lags in top job postings for Latinos

Boston is still lagging in Latino leadership roles at City Hall, according to a new report that calls for more Hispanics in power positions, but Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he can’t be entirely responsible for turning the tide and called on community leaders to put forward more qualified candidates.


Community Walk to distribute Know Your Rights materials.

Community Walk to distribute Know Your Rights materials.

When: May 13th from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: East Boston

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