The Globe reports the ACLU of Massachusetts and other civil-rights groups have sued BPD to find out what sort of information about "noncitizen youth" that officers arrest or just question that is getting put into a database accessible by ICE.
More information from the ACLU, including a copy of the complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court.
Two years ago, we reported on this South Shore witch who had the power to divine immigrants and who would flash signs - while driving next to them - demanding to see their green cards. Turns out she's still at it. Ryl Lei reports on her Friday commute and an encounter at a stop light in Braintree: Read more.
Greg Cook attended the Boston Rise for Climate, Jobs, Immigrant Rights & Justice rally in East Boston yesterday.
The City Council today agreed to continue studying a proposal by Council President Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) to extend the right to vote in municipal elections to "immigrants with legal status." Read more.
CNN posted this video of Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia, a Guatemalan national, being reunited with her 8-year-old daughter at Logan this afternoon, 55 days after they were separated by immigration officials in Arizona - who let Gonzalez-Garcia fly to Massachusetts, where she is now staying in Framingham, but sent her daughter in Harlingen, Texas. Read more.
Tens of thousands of Bostonians braved the heat and humidity today to rally at City Hall Plaza and on Boston Common to support immigrant families, especially the ones locked up and separated under the policies of the Trump administration. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who had a criminal charge dismissed should not have been then locked up to await federal officials who wanted him deported. Read more.
A city council committee will look into setting up a pilot defense fund for immigrants facing possible legal action under any measures passed by the federal government. Read more.
A BPS parent forwards a message BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang - himself an immigrant - is sending to parents:
Dear Boston Public Schools Community,
We want all of our families and staff to know that we will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration status. We will welcome and teach every single student who enters our classroom. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values as a school system and as a city. We are a "Culture of We," and we are one BPS family.
We will work with famlies to help students remain focused on learning, both academically and emotionally, especially during these uncertain times. As Mayor Martin J. Walsh said yesterday, we will not retreat one inch from welcoming diverse, global communities into Boston because they make us stronger.
In an essay this week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to continue protecting the city's immigrant residents:
We will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights. Boston is a city of inclusion, a city of compassion, a welcoming, diverse, global city. We’ll stay that way.
Ai-Jen Poo, a gifted community organizer recently honored by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, will speak at the Greater Boston Care Congress on June 16th. The Congress will launch the Massachusetts Caring Across Generations Campaign, part of a national movement to unite care workers, seniors, members of the disability community, and allies in order to create jobs, win affordable care services, and transform the care industry. The Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Alliance will convene in the morning at the same location to draft legislation for a Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.
Poo is a daughter of pro-democracy immigrants from Chiang Kai-shek’s Taiwan who has been active for decades in worker-led groups. She was influential in New York’s recent passage of a historic Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and is providing leadership for the new national campaign, Caring Across Generations.
Caring Across Generations is the movement-building campaign of a national coalition of several hundred organizations representing care workers and care consumers. The Massachusetts Caring Across Generations Campaign is led by a steering committee of local organizations including 1199/SEIU, Mass Senior Action Council, Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, and Massachusetts Jobs With Justice.
DORCHESTER - Leaders from several immigrant groups came together yesterday at Restaurant Laura to formally endorse Mayor Menino for reelection.
One by one, they stood in front of a diverse crowd of immigrants to praise Mayor Menino for his work in supporting and including newcomers in the new Boston. Most of them stated that they decided to endorse Mayor Menino because of his commitment to diversity and immigrant workers' rights. The crowd included immigrants from Russia, Haiti, Cape Verde, Vietnam, China, Somalia, Brazil, and Dominican Republic.
The Outraged Liberal analyzes the latest out of New Beford; concludes the feds know exactly how to time a staged raid; the new staties need to seriously get their act together and fast - except for DSS Commissioner Harry Spence and Patrick flack Nancy Fernandez Mills, who, he says, just need to resign.