IMMIGRATION

A rally in June at the Massachusetts Statehouse protested immigrant family separations.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts state budget has been signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. One thing not included was a policy on immigration. 

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped in Boston Thursday to announce federal charges against 28 people in Massachusetts who prosecutors say committed identity fraud through social insurance programs like Medicaid.

Sessions said 22 of them are in this country illegally.

“The alleged fraudsters in this case are primarily Dominican nationals residing here,” he said. “Their victims are predominantly American citizens in Puerto Rico.”

Demontrators at the Massachusetts State House during an immigration enforcement protest on July 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Demonstrators from community and faith-based groups returned to the Massachusetts State House less than a week after lawmakers passed a budget that did not include immigration enforcement measures they'd pushed for that pledged to keep up the fight and hold politicians accountable.

5 Facts To Know About Migrant Family Reunification

Jul 20, 2018

A federal court in San Diego has given the government until July 26 to reunite thousands of children with their parents. It has been a chaotic, much disputed process, but a process that is undeniably underway. Here are five questions about family reunification answered:

1. When did family separations start?

After months of organizing rallies and lobbying legislators, immigration rights advocates were hopeful their efforts would lead to legislation that would protect immigrants in the state.

Just last month, a large group of protesters stormed Gov. Charlie Baker’s office, demanding that he sign off on the so-called Safe Communities amendment and threatening to vote him out of office if he refused.

Gavel.
Joe Gratz / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/joegratz

Six states, including Massachusetts, along with New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds.

Attorneys general in six states, including Connecticut and New York, are suing the Justice Department over a policy that would revoke federal public safety grants in so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Two Central American migrant children sent to Connecticut after being separated from their parents at the border have been reunited with their parents and the families released into the community.

Two immigrant children detained in Connecticut are scheduled to be reunited with their parents Monday after having been separated during an asylum attempt at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, according to a federal prosecutor.

Haitian activists and immigrants protest on Boston City Hall Plaza on Jan. 26, 2018.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Immigrant rights advocates in Boston federal court Thursday argued the Trump administration's cancellation of a humanitarian program for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras were decisions steeped in racism, and therefore, unconstitutional.

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