The Trump administration's recent policy changes including repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), non-renewal of temporary protected status (TPS), child separation at the border, and travel ban of individuals from predominantly Muslim countries and the newly announced public charge policy have left the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in a state of profound uncertainty. How have these policies affected our local communities and what can we do in Massachusetts to address this crisis? In this forum, we provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes and how they are affecting our neighbors in JP and across Massachusetts. We will hear from affected communities and discuss how we can work together to push a progressive immigration agenda for Massachusetts
--Jose Palma, Coordinator, Massachusetts TPS Committee (non-renewal of TPS)
--Lily Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (repeal of DACA, challenges faced by undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts)
--Shannon Erwin, Muslim Justice League (travel ban, challenges faced by muslim communities in Massachusetts)
--Heloisa Galvao, Brazilian Women’s Group (the road ahead for reunited families)
-- Magalis Troncoso, Dominican Development Center (needs of immigrant communities in Jamaica Plain)
--Individuals and/or families from affected communities
More than ever, we need to stand with our immigrant allies to fight for progressive policy change in Massachusetts.