IMMIGRATION

Lucio Perez, center, in a red jacket, is surrounded by local clergy in front of the First Congregational Church in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

A church in Amherst, Massachusetts, is allowing a Guatemalan man facing deportation to live in the building for the foreseeable future.

A Chelsea man remains behind bars three months after being arrested by federal immigration officials during a scheduled office visit.

Forty-four-year-old Francisco Rodriguez is at Suffolk County House of Corrections awaiting potential deportation back to El Salvador, the country he fled more than 10 years ago.

But life carries on for his family. There are homework assignments to finish, meals to cook and loads of laundry to be done.

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Hawaii has partially blocked President Trump's third attempt to restrict entry into the U.S. for citizens of certain countries. The Department of Justice says it plans to appeal.

The newest version of the travel ban was due to go into effect on Wednesday. Like two previous executive orders, it was challenged in multiple courts. The new ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson is only one piece of the complicated legal puzzle over the long-term fate of the president's efforts to limit travel to the U.S.

Some civil rights advocates have raised concerns that U.S. Border Patrol may be infringing on people's civil rights as it carries out stops in its vast jurisdiction.

President Trump on Sunday sent Congress a list of sweeping immigration changes he says "must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients."

Trump wants the border wall he campaigned on to be built, a crackdown on illegal immigration and to switch the U.S. legal immigration system from one that prioritizes family connections to one based on merit.

Dr. Thomas Michel unzips a black roller bag and pulls out a bright red accordion. It’s Rosie, his “protest accordion.”

Michel, who heads up a cardiovascualar lab through Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is at Logan Airport with a few colleagues from the lab. Michel leads them in a sampling of patriotic folk songs.

This is a welcome party that was supposed to happen in February, when an Iranian doctor was scheduled to arrive at Logan to begin his Harvard Med School post-doc position.

Boston’s immigrant communities are responding with anger and fear to the recent arrests of some 50 people across the state by federal agents this week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or ICE — targeted Massachusetts as part of a nation-wide crack-down on people in the country illegally who had also committed crimes. But immigrant advocates in Boston say the raids are sweeping up the innocent and leaving neighborhoods terrified.

This week, the Trump administration announced it arrested almost five hundred people across the country for immigration violations, focusing on areas that don't cooperate with immigration officers.

Republicans who might have been leery of supporting the bipartisan Dream Act got a more conservative-friendly option this week in the form of a new bill dubbed the SUCCEED Act (Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education and Defending our nation).

The Trump administration plans to cap the number of refugees the U.S. will accept next year at 45,000. That is a dramatic drop from the level set by the Obama administration and would be the lowest number in years.

The White House formally announced its plans in a report to congressional leaders Wednesday, as required by law.

The number of refugees the U.S. admits has fluctuated over time. But this cap is the lowest that any White House has sought since the president began setting the ceiling on refugee admissions in 1980.

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