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MA Advocates: Trump's "Anti-Immigrant" Rhetoric Targets Latinos, Mexicans

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire.

Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night’s vigil at the State House when Trump ejected Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from a news conference. She said that move shined a spotlight on a pattern in Trump’s anti-immigrant talk and actions.

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Trump visit draws mixed reaction in Norwood


Groups of protesters and throngs of supporters greeted presidential candidate Donald Trump as he arrived in Norwood.

One of the first to arrive outside Ernie Boch Jr.’s home on Sumner Avenue was Norwood resident Linda Fingerson, who took umbrage with some of Trump’s charged statements on immigration and race. She thought the $100 to attend the fundraiser could be better spent elsewhere.

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As attack victim recovers, activists point finger at Donald Trump

BOSTON - A week after a Mexican man was beaten and two days before Republican presidential race poll-leader Donald Trump’s visit to Massachusetts, immigration activists sought to draw a connection between the candidate and the crime.

Gathered around a cluster of electronic votive candles in front of the State House, speakers at a Wednesday evening vigil said Trump’s denunciations of the immigrants who are in the country illegally have repercussions outside the political realm.

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Centro Presente to hold Anti-Trump vigil at State House

The stomping of a sleeping Mexican homeless man in South Boston has the undocumented immigrant community ready to take a stand against the dangerous climate they say is being created by hateful rhetoric.

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Advocates rally at State House to condemn Trump remarks on Mexicans

More than 70 people gathered outside the State House Wednesday night to voice support for immigrants and to condemn presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans, which allegedly were cited by a man accused of beating a Mexican national in Dorchester last week.

As passing drivers honked their vehicles’ horns in solidarity, the advocates formed a circle and placed dozens of candles in the center, as well as signs with pro-immigrant messages such as, “We are Immigrants and we are Peaceful People.”

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Two South Boston brothers allegedly beat homeless man

The homeless man was lying on the ground, shaking, when police arrived early Wednesday. His face was soaked, apparently with urine, his nose broken, his chest and arms battered.

Police said two brothers from South Boston allegedly ambushed the 58-year-old as he slept outside of a Dorchester MBTA stop, and targeted him because he is Hispanic. One of the brothers said he was inspired in part by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The allegations ignited widespread condemnation Wednesday.

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Baker and immigration advocates clash on statewide policy

BOSTON (WWLP) – The immigration debate is heating up in Massachusetts. Pro-immigration advocates made sure their voices were heard by many on the State House steps.

Immigrants and state lawmakers rallied in the summer heat, frustrated by Governor Charlie Baker’s views on immigration. They’re in support of a bill known as the “Trust Act,” that would restrict local police from enforcing federal immigration laws unless it involves a dangerous criminal.

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Immigration Activists Compare Baker To Donald Trump

Activists for immigration reform fired back at Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday at the State House, comparing comments made by the popular Republican chief executive to those of controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Baker urged to shift views on immigration

BOSTON - Immigrant activists secured a future sit-down with Gov.

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Gov. Charlie Baker defers to local leaders in veto threat over immigration bills

BOSTON - Ratcheting up opposition to legislation providing legal protection to people in the country illegally, Gov. Charlie Baker said he would veto such a bill should it reach his desk.

Baker made the comment in a radio interview last week responding to a question emailed by a listener. The governor’s opposition to a statewide policy regarding enforcement of federal immigration law comes as an immigrant advocacy groups plans a rally at the State House this week.