BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Immigrant rights groups in Boston are pushing for a larger grassroots movement to support pro-immigration legislation.
People came to listen to immigration policy experts at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Saturday. Supporters of illegal immigrants and those who face deportation if their temporary protection status is not reinstated were in attendance.
“This is my home. This is where my U.S. citizen kids were born, and this is the place where they hope we’ll continue living,” attendee Jose Palma said. “So, we really are afraid, thinking ‘what’s gonna happen?’”
Several pieces of legislation are being discussed at the State House — including a proposed limit to cooperation between and ICE, and legislation that would allow immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.
“The grassroots movement is building statewide. Our legislators are getting the message. We need to make that even louder and clearer that this — we have to protect the people in our communities and not use our local resources to do the job of the federal government,” Unitarian Universalist Mass Action’s Laura Wagner said.
WBZ NewsRadio’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports