Immigration

Amherst church is now his home

Amherst church is now his home

Immigrants seek sanctuary in churches to avoid deportation

ON THE VERGE of being deported last summer, Lucio Perez took sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst. He hasn’t left since. Perez is one of three people in Massachusetts and 20 nationwide who have sought sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported. First Church is one of roughly 1,100 churches across the country(...)

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Why anti-immigrant policies are serious threat

Why anti-immigrant policies are serious threat

We can’t allow America to be isolated, intolerant, xenophobic

THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE comes and goes in the news, but we should keep in mind that there has been a radical change in US immigration policies. The Trump administration slashed the number of legal immigrants and refugees coming into the US, and escalated ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants. Yes, the US Supreme Court extended protection(...)

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A Dreamer about to graduate – now what?

A Dreamer about to graduate – now what?

I’m not a package that can be sent back

THIS IS THE MOMENT I’ve been waiting for. I’m finally in my senior year at Lesley University, majoring in business management and minoring in communications, and my future is ahead of me. But unlike the rest of my classmates—who are applying for jobs and preparing for life after graduation—I am in limbo. That’s because I(...)

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A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

We must protect vulnerable students affected by DACA change

AS STUDENTS RETURN to school this week, many will face the humdrum childhood challenges that each new year brings – subjects to conquer, friends to meet, and challenges to overcome. Some, however, enter the classroom facing a country where their protections are crumbling around them, set into motion by President Trump’s decision to end the(...)

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Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Senator calls action ‘plain evil,’ Healey calls Sessions a liar

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday ordered an end to an executive branch program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, prompting an outpouring of opposition from top officials in Massachusetts. The Obama-era program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows minors who entered the country illegally and were raised primarily in the United States to receive(...)

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Some sanctuary city police chiefs back Baker ICE detainer bill

Some sanctuary city police chiefs back Baker ICE detainer bill

Chelsea’s Brian Kyes calls governor’s bill a ‘fair compromise’

SOME MASSACHUSETTS POLICE CHIEFS appear to be staking out a different position than the communities they represent on how to handle detainer requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs Association on Monday released an endorsement of legislation filed by Gov.(...)

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