The City Council voted unanimously today to condemn current federal policies on breaking up families at the border, after Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) broke down in tears today as she explained she's had trouble just leaving the house the past couple of days after watching all the news and after Councilor Josh Zakim (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway), whose family fled the Nazis two generations ago, said comparisons to the actions of Nazi Germany are "entirely appropriate." Read more.
Several groups have organized a protest at 12:30 p.m. in front of the State House to protest the Trump administration's decision to rip toddlers and other children from their parents at the border and put them in cages and tents.
NBC Boston reports the governor has changed his mind on sending even just a single helicopter and some support staff because of the "cruel and inhumane" Trump, his attorney general and ICE are breaking families apart as they come into the US.
One of the ways the Suffolk County Sherrif's Department makes money is to rent cells at the South Bay jail to ICE (a program started well before the current administration in Washington).
This afternoon, activists gathered outside the jail on Bradston Street for a vigil to protest the way the government is now ripping children from asylum-seeking parents at the border. Read more.
Ron Newman attended the Rally Against Family Separation at the State House today.
NPR reports on undocumented Irish immigrants in Boston snapped up by ICE - even if they were brought here as children.
A woman walking her dog along Back Street in the Back Bay this afternoon spotted these two men with bandanas on their faces waltzing away from the Dartmouth Street overpass, where they'd just placed a "Deport Them All" banner over Storrow Drive. Read more.
At a Three Kings' Day celebration in City Hall, Mayor Walsh vowed to work on behalf of Salvadoran immigrants whom the federal government now wants to toss out of the country. Read more.
The Salem News reports voters yesterday upheld a city-council ordinance to not have local police and officials ask people seeking official help about their immigration status.
Adam Rogoff reports somebody was projecting this pro-immigrant message on the old substation in Roslindale Square tonight, apparently to test out how it would work for a protest somewhere else.
Being a sanctuary city doesn't mean much, apparently. Just ask folks on Lexington Street in East Boston tonight - if you can find any of them.
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.
The Crimson reports.
There's a rally at the State House on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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