Thursday, July 26, 2018

Immigrant activists keeping pressure, focus on Mass. House

From Massachusetts-

Bishop Alan Gates of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, one of a handful of clergy members to speak, said the Episcopal Church supports a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants.
"It does not befit a commonwealth to extend legal due process to some categories of residents and not to others," Gates said. "It does not befit a commonwealth to create communities in which some residents turn confidently and gratefully to their public safety officers when needed, while other residents are afraid to do so." 

Also Tuesday, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and immigrant advocacy Centro Presente cheered a U.S. District Court opinion, issued Monday, rejecting the federal government's request to dismiss the case Centro Presente v. Trump, which challenges the termination of temporary protected status for nationals of Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras. 

The decision "gives hope to immigrant families and children," Centro Presente executive director Patricia Montes said in a statement.

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