Immigration

By - 9/13/17 - 4:31 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund to help immigrants who suddenly find themselves threatened by actions in Washington and locally. Read more.

By - 9/5/17 - 9:58 am

There's a rally at the State House on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

By - 8/2/17 - 11:05 am
Immigrant-themed mural in Roslindale

Roslindale mural under way. Photo by Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement.

The Mayor's Mural Crew and the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement are teaming up to paint murals under the theme of "To Immigrants with Love."

Atlas Liquors on Hyde Park Avenue in Roslindale and Dr. Dental on Meridian Street in East Boston have donated their wall space for the murals, being painted this month. Read more.

By - 8/2/17 - 9:18 am

WBUR reports the governor's proposal, in response to last week's Supreme Judicial Court ruling, would only be for people who pose a public-safety risk. The ACLU, though, says the proposal is really broader than that. The state's highest court ruled local authorities can't detain people on an ICE request if they aren't facing any criminal charges.

By - 7/11/17 - 11:52 am

Stat reports the feds aren't going to let an Iranian into the country just because he's a scientist with a visa issued by the government in May to do research at Children's Hospital. His wife and three children, were, of course, also locked up and are expected to be booted out of the country soon.

By - 6/29/17 - 9:28 am
Top immigrant countries in Boston neighborhoods

The BPDA prepared this map that shows the top originating countries for foreign-born Bostonians by neighborhood, as part of an exhibit at the BPL's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center on Who We Are: Boston Immigration Then and Now. To see the map larger, click on the first link, then on the map.

H/t eeka.

By - 6/21/17 - 9:57 am

The Irish Times reports on the arrest of John Cunningham, a Brighton electrician who has lived here since 1999 but who is now in the South Bay House of Corrections awaiting deportation. But the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs says that ICE isn't targeting the Irish any more than it did before Jan. 20. Still, that's not easing worries among local Irish residents.

By - 5/24/17 - 9:02 pm
Pro-immigrant protesters in West Roxbury

Jeffrey Juris photographed the marchers outside the Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church and the Elks Club on Spring Street this afternoon.

By - 4/21/17 - 3:05 pm

The Times reports the Justice Department has singled out nine jurisdictions - including the entire state of Connecticut - as the first places to possibly lose federal grants over their refusal to let local law enforcement hand over whatever information ICE wants.

By - 3/30/17 - 9:21 am

NBC Boston reports the Salem City Council voted early this morning to designate the city. One more vote and it becomes official.

By - 3/22/17 - 9:54 am

WGBH reports that ICE has labeled nine New England communities a "uncooperative" when it comes to just handing over undocumented aliens. Boston, Cambridge and Somerville all made the list.

Vestigial Suffolk County, though, doesn't make the list - perhaps because, as we learned from the story of the two Irish guys from Quincy, the Suffolk County sheriff's department continues to stow immigrants in exchange for ICE payments.

By - 3/9/17 - 9:10 am

City councilors yesterday urged the School Committee to declare a formal "sanctuary school" policy that would prohibit ICE agents from entering BPS schools and facilities without "explicit permission" from both the school superintendent and the Suffolk County district attorney. Read more.

By - 2/25/17 - 12:52 pm

BPS: We Dream Together is available in English, Arabic, Cape Verdean and Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

By - 2/23/17 - 10:18 pm

Those pre-faregate inspections are just the same old anti-terrorism checkpoints they've done for years and have nothing to do with ICE, Transit Police tweet tonight:

Transit Police officers do NOT enforce Federal Immigration laws. We are here to serve EVERYONE.

Security Inspection Program has nothing to do w/immigration laws/enforcement. Counterterrorism layer only.

By - 2/23/17 - 9:49 am

The Bulletin reports on a session held by Roslindale Is for Everyone.

By - 2/16/17 - 9:19 am

Anna's Taqueria locations are closed today to support the Day Without Immigrants protest.

Eater Boston lists other local restaurants that are either shut or showing their support in other ways. Read more.

By - 2/10/17 - 9:36 am

City Councilor Josh Zakim and HIAS, a group originally formed to aid victims of Russian pogroms resettle in the US, will hold a vigil in support of refugees at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial downtown.

The vigil, part of a national Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, is also being organized by the local ADL, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

By - 2/3/17 - 6:11 pm

UPDATE: A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary ban on the executive order.

A federal judge this afternoon said the president has the right to bar people from other countries from entering the US and declined to extend a temporary restraining order against his ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Read more.