Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins is not breaking with ICE out of any newfound moral qualms, but because he needs the space ICE Is now renting at the South Bay jail to house 200 to 250 women prisoners. Read more.
At 8:25 a.m. this past Thursday, Kanwar Singh was walking through Downtown Crossing when a woman screamed at him to "Go back to your country!" Singh, who became an American citizen in Faneuil Hall in 2014 and who served in the US military, ponders the racist:
Did she want me to go back to Malden? Because that’s where I live, and that’s my home. ...
It was, looking back, not one of the prouder moments in Massachusetts history: In 1910, the state House of Representatives approved a bill to bar women and girls under 21 from Chinese restaurants, unless accompanied by an older, non-Chinese man, to curb the alleged opium-powered menace to white womanhood posed by crafty "Orientals." Read more.
Federal lawyers counting on the tender mercies of Maoists now in the Nepali government to protect a member of a rival party who fled here should perhaps do a better job of reading State Department reports, according to a ruling by an appeals court in Boston that will let the man stay here while he makes a formal plea for permanent asylum. Read more.
A federal appeals court ruled today a citizen of the Dominican Republic can stay in the US while he pleads for asylum, rejecting government arguments that he no longer faced persecution or torture in his homeland because the threats and violence he endured there ceased when he stopped showing public support for an opposition political party. Read more.
Workers at Wayfair, the online home-furnishings concern, are organizing a walkout tomorrow afternoon to protest the company's decision to keep selling furniture to a government contractor that runs detention camps along the border. The walkout is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., with organizers hoping to have workers converge on Copley Square to demand the company end the contract and give the profits it's already made on the sales to RAICES, an immigration support group in Texas.
A federal judge today sided with two Massachusetts district attorneys and the state's public defenders and barred ICE from detaining people with business in Massachusetts courts while a lawsuit over the issue proceeds. Read more.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan joined today with public defenders to file a federal lawsuit that seeks to keep ICE agents out of state courthouses - such as Newton District Court, where a judge now faces federal criminal charges for trying to protect a man from an ICE agent waiting in the court lobby. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court, which oversees all other courts in the state, said today it's suspended Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph without pay while she deals with her federal indictment for obstruction of justice. Read more.
Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor were both charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of a federal proceeding and perjury for an incident on April 2, 2018 - in an indictment today by a federal grand jury that has been investigating them for nearly a year. Read more.
The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing to look into the specific case of an immigrant construction worker whose boss allegedly reported him to ICE, which then arrested him with the help of Boston Police, after the worker was injured on the job and applied for worker's comp. Read more.