Immigration

Deploying troops to the border will cost $220 million; Pentagon sees no threat

Deploying troops to the U.S.-Mexico border will cost $220 million, and the Pentagon sees "no threat" from the migrant caravan, new reports say. In the waning weeks of the midterm elections, President Trump dispatched the military to support border authorities in dealing with the caravan...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 9:11pm

Cop killer in Trump's anti-immigrant video was released by Sheriff Joe Arpaio

On Nov. 1, President Trump tweeted his closing argument for the midterm elections: A campaign video that was widely criticized as racist. It implied that immigrants, as a group, make Americans unsafe. It directly stated that Democrats were responsible for admitting Luis Bracamontes, who killed two...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 2:03am

What is birthright citizenship?

In a new interview with Axios, President Trump said that he planned to revoke birthright citizenship by executive order. His declaration raised a chorus of objections from both Democrats and Republicans, with many saying the Constitution prevents the president from doing so. But what is birthright...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 4:40pm

What is a caravan and how many people are in it?

A look at what is a caravan and how many people are in it as immigration laws are a hot topic. If you were born in the 1980s or 1990s, you probably rode around in a Dodge Caravan. Seriously, the thing was as popular as Pee Wee Herman back then. The caravan in the news this week is quite different...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 5:19pm

This is Brett Kavanaugh's first case on the bench as Supreme Court Justice

Newly sworn-in Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing two hot-button issues in his first case on the bench: Criminal sentencing and gun control. Kavanaugh's first day on the court was yesterday, when he began hearing arguments in Stokeling v. United States. The case concerns mandatory...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:52pm

Shedding light on how workplace sexual harassment affects immigrant women

In the wake of #MeToo and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court despite the sexual assault allegations brought against him, the Brooklyn Historical Society is highlighting a less-talked about plight: The sexual harassment immigrant women face in the workplace. Wednesday’s...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 1:25pm

Migrant children moved in the middle of the night to avoid escape attempts

Hundreds of detained migrant children have been moved to a "tent city" in Texas on short notice, in the middle of the night, because authorities were afraid they might escape during the day. The New York Times reports that the children, who were being held in shelters or foster homes...

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 4:46pm

Ravi Ragbir challenges ICE in court, alleges agency is targeting immigration activists

Ravi Ragbir was in court again on Tuesday, but this time for a case he filed against Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Ragbir v. Homan, a First Amendment lawsuit filed against Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 2:36pm

Immigrant group alleges NYPD fails to provide interpreters for limited-English speakers

Immigrant rights organization Make the Road New York has filed a complaint against the NYPD, alleging that the department has failed to provide interpretation services for New Yorkers who speak limited English. In May 2017, the NYPD announced an effort with Legal Services NYC meant to ensure that...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 4:22pm

Cambridge man arrested in NYC for tweet offering to pay someone to kill ICE agents

A Cambridge man named Brandon Ziobrowski has been arrested in New York City for threatening to solicit the murder of ICE agents online. Ziobrowski, 33, was arrested Thursday morning in New York and is being transported to Boston to appear in court at a later date after making a threat against...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:38am

PSA: Melania Trump's parents are U.S. citizens now

First lady Melania Trump's parents were granted U.S citizenship today, likely through an immigration process President Trump says he wants to end. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, have been living in Washington, D.C., with green cards, which allowed them to live and work...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:34pm

IDNYC program now includes children as young as 10

As of Friday, New Yorkers as young as 10 can now take advantage of the plethora of benefits that come with the city's IDNYC card program, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced. The government-issued photo identification card program that launched in 2015, was previously only...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 11:29am

These colleges and universities have contracts with ICE

There are several colleges and universities that have contracts with ICE. Your college might be on the list.  Several colleges and universities in the United States are facing backlash and petitions from students and faculty members because some colleges have service contracts with the United...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:06pm

SCAR Act demands info on separated children

Immigration activists and local faith leaders joined Sen. Brian Benjamin on Wednesday to introduce new legislation to address the crisis of separated children spurred by the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The Separated Children Accountability Response Act, also called the SCAR...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 2:42pm

Judge frees Pablo Villavicencio, pizza delivery man detained by ICE

Pablo Villavicencio, the Brooklyn pizza delivery man who was detained in June by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been freed from detention, according to The Legal Aid Society. Villavicencio, 35, was arrested on June 1 when he was delivering food to the Fort Hamilton Army base in...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 12:25pm

Man detained by ICE after delivering pizza to Brooklyn military base

A man was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after delivering a pizza to a military base in Brooklyn. On June 1, Pablo Villavicencio, 35, was detained by military police officers and turned over to ICE, a spokesperson with the federal agency confirmed. Villavicencio reportedly went...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:07am

Interactive map details ICE raids in New York

New York is a sanctuary city, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely protected from the Trump administration’s intense immigration efforts. A new project details just what that effort has looked like here by analyzing ICE raids in New York.  From President Donald Trump’...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:26pm

Massachusetts will not be a sanctuary state anytime soon

While individual cities across the commonwealth have pledged to protect immigrant communities, Massachusetts had yet to solidify itself as a sanctuary state. And now, legislators have taken a proposal that would have done so off the table. In May, the Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment that...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:01am

Trump's America: Trapped in a cave, trapped in a jail

Q: What’s the difference between innocent children trapped in a cave in Thailand and innocent children trapped in an immigrant jail in the United States? A: In Thailand, rescuers are hurrying to free the innocents. In America, the government is doing everything it can to extend...

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 8:39pm

Mother and 8-year-old daughter separated at border reunited in Boston

After nearly two months since they were separated at the southern United States border, a Guatemalan mother seeking asylum in Massachusetts has been reunited with her 8-year-old daughter in Boston. Angelica Rebeca Gonzalez-Garcia and her daughter were reunited at Logan Airport on Thursday,...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:22am