IMMIGRATION

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced legislation last week that would put limits on where Border Patrol officers can operate immigration checkpoints. The “Border Zone Reasonableness Restoration Act of 2018” is co-sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

On July 4, 2018, more than 150 immigrants from 50 countries were officially declared U.S. citizens during a ceremony in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

People from 50 countries are now U.S. citizens after an Independence Day ceremony in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The event came amid escalating immigration enforcment policies and rhetoric.

Irida Kakhtiranova, who's living at the Unitarian Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, making pierogies.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent morning, Irida Kakhtiranova was rolling out a ball of dough on the metallic table in the Unitarian church kitchen in Northampton, Massachusetts.

People protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to immigration in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 30, 2018.
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Two western Massachusetts Democrats running for a seat in the U.S. House agree major change is needed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. But they're declining to go so far as to say it should abolished.

It’s a hot day in Brownsville, Texas. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine sits shotgun in a silver Mercedes SUV, talking to her driver, a Brownsville city official. She turns around, leaning over her left shoulder, and explains what it was like earlier in the day when she spoke with a group of migrant mothers in a nearby U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility.

An array of liquor bottles.
Angie Garrett / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/smoorenburg/

Several Massachusetts ballot questions may have fallen by the wayside this week after action by the Supreme Judicial Court and state lawmakers. 

People detained at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2018.
Provided / U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector

A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who've been separated from their parents at the border.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson during a training class conducted at Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in December 2017.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In a sudden reversal, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration canceled its plan to send National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border, citing the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their families.

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is continuing to defend the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy that results in separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

Nielsen appeared at the White House press briefing on Monday, falsely blaming Democrats for the current crisis and arguing that the impetus is on Congress to pass a law to close legal loopholes.

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