Immigration

SJC blocks local detentions for ICE

SJC blocks local detentions for ICE

Court says local authorities cannot hold immigrants solely because of border violation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE LAW DOES NOT permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court concluded that “nothing in the statutes(...)

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For Jackson, tight squeeze to Walsh’s left

Marty Walsh is out of touch with issues affecting working-class people and those in the city’s less affluent neighborhoods. He’s more attuned to downtown development than down-on-their-luck constituents, and he hasn’t been willing to confront the city’s long-festering race issues. If that sounds like a tough case to make against Boston’s workaday mayor, a recovering(...)

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The Codcast: Trash talk

CommonWealth ran a cover story in January 2015 that featured a photo of a dump truck unloading trash at a massive landfill in New Bedford. The headline, drifting in the center of the page amid all the stinking refuse, was: “Seriously, is this the best we can do?” Now, more than two years later, we’re(...)

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House OKs 1 of 2 immigration bills

House OKs 1 of 2 immigration bills

Bars inmate use outside state, but delays action on other anti-Trump measure

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE LEADERS indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown, even as they approved another measure barring state sheriffs from offering inmates for labor outside the state. The postponed bill would have prevented state resources from being(...)

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The Globe’s Trump parody — one year later

The Boston Globe’s “opinion team” on Sunday took a look back at its Trump parody front page from a year ago and discovered most of its predictions were off-base. The parody predicted stock markets would tank but they’ve actually soared. It said the attorney general would be Chris Christie, but instead the position is held(...)

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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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