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Hearings resume Tuesday in federal court in Boston into the arrests of the wives and husbands of Americans at immigration interviews.

The Justice Department argues Wolf does not have jurisdiction. Wolf said he is inclined to find that he does, but wants to hear more testimony. He has ordered the current and former heads of the Boston office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to appear to testify Tuesday.

Matt Segal is legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

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President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would consider shutting down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including his plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

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Thursday is the deadline for federal officials to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. For some children, whose parents are already deported, reunification won't happen right away.

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As many parents wait to be reunited with children separated from them at the U.S. border, some undocumented immigrants married to American citizens still face the threat of being taken away from their families.

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On a recent morning, Irida Kakhtiranova was rolling out a ball of dough on the metallic table in the Unitarian church kitchen in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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More than 400 people spilled out of the Bethel AME Church in New Bedford and onto the hot summer streets, to protest federal immigration policies. The gathering was one of many across the country.

Advocates and activists are decrying new policies that prosecute illegal border crossers, resulting in the separation of children from families. They also seek a resolution to the fight over DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era policy that protected young people brought into the country as children from deportation.

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A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

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DACA recipients living in Rhode Island now have the guaranteed right to drive and work. Governor Gina Raimondo is set to signed new protections into law Monday afternoon.

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are taking aim at a new federal policy that separates children from families crossing into the country illegally. The issue already has sparked protests locally by immigrant and child-welfare advocates.

The policy, announced by the Trump administration in April, seeks criminal prosecution for adults crossing the border illegally. That would involve separating children from the adults

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Immigrant rights activists protested in front of the Customs and Border Protection office in Cranston Friday. The local group was spurred to action by two recent federal immigration controversies.

The first was the revelation in April that the U.S. Government has been unable to contact some 1,500 undocumented children, placed with sponsors across the U.S.

The second was the May announcement by the Trump administration that it would press criminal charges against people crossing the border without authorization, which would involve separating minors from their parents.

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The northern New England chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union want to know more about immigration enforcement in the region. They say their previous Freedom of Information Act requests have gone unanswered, so they have filed suit against federal agencies to compel them to produce the records.

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Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will dispatch field staff to households in Providence County looking for residents who haven’t filled out the March survey.  

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Rhode Island State Rep. Shelby Maldonado joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the intersection of politics and immigration, the clash between progressives and establishment Democrats, abortion rights, affordable housing and much more.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Central Falls) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her bill meant to aid people in the DACA program, the emerging race for governor, and the outlook for gun-related bills in the General Assembly.

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Lilian Calderon, the Rhode Island woman who was detained by federal immigration officials for nearly a month is now the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration.

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