Immigration

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

Boston charity raises $170K for families separated at the border

The Trump Administration’s family separation policy for migrant families at the southern U.S. border sparked outrage and action across the country, from thousands protesting in major cities to politicians and lawyers planning trips to the border. If you can’t travel to the border from...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:13am

City unveils services for immigrant children separated from families

With an estimated 300 immigrant children who were separated from their families at the southern border being sheltered in New York, city officials on Tuesday unveiled a slew of services aimed to help them acclimate. The majority of the immigrant children, who range in age from infants to teenagers...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 4:06pm

Boston Pops 4th of July concert to honor immigrants

The American Dream, the idea of venturing here for a better life, stretches as far back as the first colonists to set foot on these shores. It is repeated in every immigrant story today, and it will be a part of the Boston Pops 4th of July celebration. The annual Boston Pops 4th of July concert...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 3:32pm

Are most immigrants in MS-13?

President Trump has repeatedly tried to justify his "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigration at the southern border by tying immigrants to MS-13, a gang which was founded in Los Angeles. He has said there is an "infestation" of gang members, with "thousands...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 1:50pm

Stephen Miller, principal architect of immigration policy, descendant of asylum seekers

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller — the primary architect of President Trump's "zero-tolerance policy" against illegal immigration that resulted in the forced separation of thousands of children from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border — is himself descended...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 4:35pm

Mayor de Blasio turned away from migrant children's shelter in Texas

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other mayors from cities across the country were turned away when they attempted to visit a holding center for immigrant children in Texas on Thursday. The New York City mayor traveled to Tornillo, Texas, on Wednesday after touring a foster care facility in Harlem at which...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:35am

Melania Trump makes surprise visit to the U.S.-Mexico border

Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order to allow immigrant families seeking asylum in our country to be detained together, instead of separatedly, at the U.S.-Mexico border — though it doesn’t address the 2,000-plus children already separated from their parents. It also potentially...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 4:31pm