Why Mass. Politicians Are Traveling To Central America

Aug 13, 2018

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We’re traveling with U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone in Honduras and El Salvador this week as they join immigrant advocates on what’s being described as a fact-finding mission.

Lucio Perez greets friends after arriving back at the First Church of Amherst, Mass., after a visit to the hospital on May 17, 2018.
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A Guatemalan man facing deportation took sanctuary at a western Massachusetts church. Now he's teaching Spanish there.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A Cambridge, Massachusetts, man has been charged with offering $500 to anyone who would kill a federal immigration officer. 

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.”