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.

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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.”