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Crossing Borders, Facing Arrest

illegal border crossings into Canada are becoming popular among immigrants seeking asylum from the U.S.


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Trump’s Immigration Measures Could Exacerbate Boston Court Backlog

February 23, 2017

Boston’s federal immigration court has one of the largest backlogs of pending cases in the country, and President Trump’s executive orders on immigration could push the court even further behind.

Counting The People Who Are Homeless — Including The Young

February 22, 2017

On a cold and rainy night in January, about 70 volunteers gathered in the hall of First Presbyterian Church in New Haven for a ziti dinner, a quick training and a lot of encouragement.

No Plans For Large-Scale Deportation Raids In New England, But Immigrants Still Live In Fear

February 17, 2017

Reports of large scale, nationwide deportation raids are stoking fear in Massachusetts immigrant communities. Immigrants — both those with legal status and those living here illegally — are questioning exactly who is vulnerable for deportation.

Citing Racial Bias, New Report Calls For Better Data Collection On Police Shootings

February 16, 2017

A report analyzing nearly 1,000 fatal police shootings that happened in 2015 claims evidence of racial bias. Researchers hope the study will strengthen a call for a national database on police use of force.

For Preservation Group, Modern Tech Provides Way To Remember The Past

February 15, 2017

Twenty-first century technology has made its way onto a 19th-century building in Hamden, Connecticut.

Syrian Refugee Family Completes A Journey That Almost Didn’t Happen

February 14, 2017

A family of Syrian refugees landed Friday at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire, completing a journey that almost never happened.

Some Immigrants Flee U.S., Knowingly Walking Into Police Arrest In Canada

February 13, 2017

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting surges in illegal crossings in Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in remote, snowy areas west of Lake Champlain.

Health Insurance Woes Add Another Challenge To The Risky Business Of Farming

February 12, 2017

There are many challenges to farming for a living: It’s often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that’s often ignored is the cost of health care.

Environmentalists Say Gas Pipeline Could Cost Twice Initial Projection

February 10, 2017

Environmental advocates say a planned natural gas pipeline in New England could cost ratepayers more than twice what’s currently projected. And they point to a study that says the pipeline could be unnecessary by as early as 2023.

Amid Uncertainty, Students Still Prepare To Welcome Refugees

February 7, 2017

When the city of Northampton decided more than a year ago to welcome refugees to their community, many groups engaged in the planning process — including the public schools. And despite President Trump’s attempt to suspend the refugee program, school children continue to prepare.