IMMIGRATION

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

We take a look at a unanimous vote taken by the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council, as it passed an order saying the city will not interfere with institutions granting sanction to immigrants

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Ever since a Springfield, Massachusetts, church opened its doors last month to an undocumented woman from Peru about to be deported, Mayor Domenic Sarno has been trying to shut it down. The First Amendment could ultimately block him.

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, passed an order Monday night that says the city will not interfere with religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.

The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A Russian woman facing possible deportation has taken sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

“When I was in Lewiston, it felt like its better days were in the rear-view mirror,” Amy Bass says.

Bass was in Lewiston, Maine, to attend Bates College. There wasn’t much reason to stay after she graduated in 1992.

“A lot of unemployment. A lot of vacancy,” she says. “Things that Maine deals with in terms of younger population moving away.”

But Bass became intrigued with Lewiston a little under 20 years ago, when she learned about an influx of families from Somalia.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

We kick off with a decision from Massachusetts highest court this week in favor of the Berkshire Museum's sale of dozens of its art works, including at least one piece by Norman Rockwell. 

Springfield Building Commissioner Steve Desilets conducts an inspection of the living space at South Congregational Church on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Mayor Domenic Sarno called for the inspection.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

City officials said Thursday a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has passed an inspection for “minimum life safety and sanitary requirements.” A Peruvian woman facing deportation has been living there with her two American-born children. 

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, would have centered around a vote that could bar city employees from interfering with a church's offering sanctuary to Gisella Collazo was postponed.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, that had been scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.

New York state is leading a group of 17 states, seven cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a lawsuit against the Census Bureau and Commerce Department to try to remove a new citizenship question from the 2020 census questionnaire. It comes more than a week after California filed a similar lawsuit in San Francisco federal court against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, and Census Bureau officials.

Massahusetts State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, left, and his husband Bryon Hefner.
File photo / State House News Service

This week, we discuss Thursday's indictment of Bryon Hefner, the husband of Amherst Democratic State Senator Stan Rosenberg. Hefner is facing charges that include sexual assault and criminal lewdness. 

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