Immigration

Do the right thing on immigration

Do the right thing on immigration

It’s not just a federal issue; state lawmakers also have role to play

IN MARCH OF 1861, a newly-elected Abraham Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address to a nation bitterly divided over its moral, political, and economic future. In that iconic speech, Lincoln articulated his vision for a unified nation—one guided by compassion and bound together by common interests. “We are not enemies, but friends,” he said. “We(...)

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The politics of payback

The politics of payback

Both sides of the aisle see the Trump Administration's separation of children and parents as a humanitarian crisis

“Womp womp.” That pretty much sums up the reaction from the Trump administration and its supporters over the uproar of separating children from their parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. “Womp womp,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while mocking Democratic strategist Zak Petkanas during a discussion on Fox News. Petkanas was relating(...)

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The politics of payback

“Womp womp.” That pretty much sums up the reaction from the Trump administration and its supporters over the uproar of separating children from their parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. “Womp womp,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while mocking Democratic strategist Zak Petkanas during a discussion on Fox News. Petkanas was relating(...)

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Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety

Criminally charging those who cross the border illegally forces families to be torn apart

THE SCENES OF children being stripped away from their parents at the country’s southern border are hitting a nerve even with those not generally inclined to lash out at the nativist nabobs running things in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan, he often of little spinal fortitude, declared his opposition to the Trump administration policy. For(...)

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Separation anxiety

The scenes of children being stripped away from their parents at the country’s southern border are hitting a nerve even with those not generally inclined to lash out at the nativist nabobs running things in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan, he often of little spinal fortitude, declared his opposition to the Trump administration policy. For(...)

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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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