Immigration

Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate

Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate

Mayor sees furor over immigration as part of white nationalism push

SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE and Bristol Country Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on Thursday dropped their sound-bite attacks on one another and for the most part engaged in a substantive debate about sanctuary status and the nation’s immigration policies. Hodgson, a Republican, was outnumbered but held his ground during a panel discussion hosted by the UMass School of Law(...)

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SJC hears case on holding immigrant detainees

SJC hears case on holding immigrant detainees

Chief Justice Gants asks source of state authority to detain people

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS have the “inherent” authority to arrest and hold immigrants scheduled for deportation, a Department of Justice attorney argued in court on Tuesday. The Supreme Judicial Court has called into question a tool federal immigration authorities use to gain custody of immigrants in the country illegally: requests for(...)

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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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