IMMIGRATION

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, speaks at a city hall press conference on crime stats in January 2018. Behind him are Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood and Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
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The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, is criticizing a city church providing sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation. 

Mass. To Sue Trump Administration Over Census Change

Mar 27, 2018
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on March 1, 2017.
United States Patent and Trademark Office

The Massachusetts attorney general says she will join a lawsuit seeking to stop the Trump administration's decision to add a question regarding citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census. 

Updated 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday

The U.S. Commerce Department announced late Monday that it will restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire.

In an eight-page memo Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Justice Department has requested that the census ask who is a citizen in order to help determine possible violations of the Voting Rights Act, to help enforce that law.

Tara Parrish, Director of the Pioneer Valley Project, speaks inside the South Congregational United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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A Springfield, Massachusetts, church is offering sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation, along with her two American-born children.

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics.

The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested and deported under tough new enforcement rules. And federal officials deny allegations of retaliation.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and volunteers who say they have been arrested or face fines for their work.

Right now, every student at a public college in Connecticut, including those who are undocumented must pay a portion of their tuition towards a financial aid fund. But undocumented students are not allowed to apply for the aid they help to fund.

The use of facial scanning is becoming commonplace — maybe you've heard of the new iPhone? It's also coming to an airport near you.

At Orlando International Airport, Britain-bound passengers — some wearing Mickey Mouse T-shirts and other Disney paraphernalia — lined up at Gate 80 recently for the evening British Airways flight to London's Gatwick Airport. It looks like any other airport departure area, except for the two small gates with what look like small boxes on posts next to them. Those boxes are actually cameras.

How U.S. Customs Officers Are Trained

Mar 15, 2018

It looks just like an airport customs checkpoint.

Role players wait in lines, each playing different travelers that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer is likely to encounter. Some may be playing the role of refugee, others are told to act as though they're hiding something sinister.

John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
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Advocates in Massachusetts say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are targeting courthouses in the state and arresting undocumented immigrants who are showing up for scheduled court dates.

Saying goodbye at Logan Airport is a familiar, if painful, scene for the four Macario brothers. Just two years ago, they said goodbye to their father when he was deported back to his native Guatemala.

And early Wednesday morning, the oldest brother, Isidro, faced the same fate.

Accompanied by federal immigration officers through airport security, Isidro was bound for deportation back to Guatemala, where he was born.

“I love you,” younger brother Erwin said to Isidro.

This is a family separated, one by one, along strict lines: their immigration status.

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