The committee vowed to do ’anything in our power to protect the ‘Dreamers’ among us,” following a motion by Mayor E. Denise Simmons, using a nickname for the nearly 800,000 young people granted temporary legal U.S. residency via an Obama-era program.
No one knows or understands what the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will look like, and fear is growing among 800,000 potentially deportable children and young adults across the United States and 7,800 of these American “Dreamers” locally.
Cambridge police have scrapped a policy, perhaps temporarily, allowing officers to hold suspects who are undocumented immigrants past the time they should have been released solely to cooperate with a “detainer” request from immigration enforcement officers.
The immigrants coming to America now are no different than those who came three generation ago. Yet if Donald Trump had been president in 1895, “Papa” would not have been able to come to America. His Italian-American descendants wouldn’t be here as a result.
The Police Department is reassessing its policy on cooperating with federal immigration officers after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled locals have no authority to hold undocumented immigrants for extra time solely because of a “detainer” request.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping war and natural disasters in Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador are in serious jeopardy of being sent home by the Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security.
Cambridge welcomes immigrants and wants to encourage their success and access to opportunity and advancement in this country. It will be a goal of the commission to get that message of welcome out.
As Cambridge has become more expensive, people have moved away, replaced by residents who are not as involved with community, candidate Ronald Benjamin says. In addition, gentrification that makes minority and lower-income populations feel out of place.
McGovern, currently vice mayor, points to work advancing solutions on issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, income insecurity, immigrant rights and animal welfare, and his work with every sitting councillor.
Immigrant families were assured Tuesday of their “protection and safety” from federal agents by the school district, one of several issues looked at Tuesday by the School Committee.