Immigration

Healey sues Trump

Healey sues Trump

AG says president’s executive order violates state, US constitutions

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL Maura Healey on Tuesday sued President Trump over what she called his “startling and chaotic” executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the act violated Bay State residents’ constitutional rights. Healey, joined by some of the state’s academic, business, and non-profit leaders and with the support of Gov. Charlie Baker,(...)

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Extreme vetting needed

You have to give Donald Trump credit for follow through. He railed against immigrants throughout his campaign, and at one point called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” Late on Friday, he issued an executive order(...)

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Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Responds to concerns raised by House Republicans

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER CONCERNS WERE RAISED in the Legislature and the press, Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file a state budget amendment seeking to ensure that those in the country illegally are not able to gain access to Massachusetts driver’s licenses. Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican, last week raised concerns that language(...)

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Public schools extend their reach

Public schools extend their reach

School systems across Massachusetts are boosting their revenue by taking in students from as far away as China

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AROUND the state, faced with rising costs and stagnant budgets, are turning outside their districts —even outside the country—to attract tuition money from foreign students and students from other communities inside Massachusetts. The money falls into three pots. According to fiscal 2014 figures from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 21 public(...)

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Trump knows what he’s doing

For months, Donald Trump has been defending his plan to deport illegal immigrants by following the lead of former President Dwight Eisenhower, who took action to oust 1.5 million undocumented aliens in 1953. It was a calculated determination by Trump to invoke the name of America’s favorite general because, after all, who doesn’t like Ike and his(...)

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Rivera explains stance on Lawrence Trust Act

Rivera explains stance on Lawrence Trust Act

Says he opposes ordinance, but will let it take effect

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera issued the following statement on Wednesday, a day after the City Council voted 7-2 in favor of a measure that bars police from detaining anyone for federal immigration  officials unless the person has a criminal warrant for their arrest. The ordinance also bars federal immigration officials from using city facilities, databases,(...)

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A lesson on tuition for immigrants

A lesson on tuition for immigrants

Charging illegal immigrants in-state rate is a net plus

ALLOWING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS in Massachusetts to pay in-state rates for tuition and fees for public colleges and universities is an emotional issue, similar to just about every other issue surrounding immigration in the US. But when we peel away the emotions and look at the facts, the case for extending in-state tuition to undocumented students(...)

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Educating illegal immigrants

The question of granting in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants for public colleges and universities continues to vex lawmakers. Should we punish children who, through no fault of their own, landed here when their parents came through back channels? Should we deny these students the ability to learn and lift themselves out of the inevitable low-income(...)

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Editor’s note: Spring 2015

Editor’s note: Spring 2015

EB-5, state takeovers of schools, probation

I’M IN FAVOR of jobs and investments as much as the next guy, but something doesn’t smell right about the so-called EB-5 immigration program, the subject of our cover story, “Selling citizenship.” The program essentially lets foreign investors acquire a green card for themselves and their immediate family members if they invest $500,000 in a(...)

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Sketchy federal program sells citizenship

Sketchy federal program sells citizenship

Green cards go to foreigners who invest $500,000

Photos by Michael Manning THE BASTILLE KITCHEN is the kind of destination restaurant that stamps a redeveloped neighborhood as a success. The Innovation District bistro, owned in part by renowned restaurateur and nightclub czar Seth Greenberg, draws such bold-faced names as Derek Jeter and Scott Brown and adds an air of panache to the renovated(...)

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