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Advocates welcome discussion, remain wary

2/15/2011 BOSTON -- The Patrick administration announced yesterday that it would hold a series of community meetings to discuss concerns over the implementation of "Secure Communities," a federally mandated program that would report all persons arrested by local police to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE's stated intention is to use Secure Communities to catch and deport criminal offenders, but studies have shown that non-criminals are often ensnared by the program's huge net.

Read more: Patrick Administration to Discuss "Secure Communities" with Immigrants. 

12/17/2010 BOSTON -- The Senate failed today to overcome a filibuster against the DREAM Act, which would have allowed undocumented immigrant youth to enter a pathway to legalization by attending college or serving in the military.To end a filibuster, 60 votes are needed, and the vote was 55 to 41. Massachusetts' senators split their votes, with John Kerry (Dem.) voting yes and Scott Brown (Rep.) voting no.

Read more: DREAM Act Killed by Senate Filibuster

President Obama greets Speaker Boehner

State of Union address sets right tone, but deportations and Congressional rancor continue

1/26/2010 BOSTON— Last night in his annual Sate of the Union address, President Barack Obama addressed the vital issue of immigration reform in terms that were welcomed by immigrant advocates as frank, sensible, and timely.

Read more: Immigrants Need Good Deeds After Good Words 

November  3, 2010  BOSTON — As the results from the historic 2010 midterm elections are being scrutinized this morning, early analysis strongly suggests that immigrant voters in Massachusetts and across the nation raised their voices decisively against political stances that threaten the rights and well-being of the foreign-born.

 

Read more: Immigrant Voters Speak Loud and Clear