Students at Northeastern University in Boston demanded their school sever its ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, following news the college has a longstanding research contract with the agency.
Demonstrators protested on the left-leaning campus Wednesday, chanting “Drop the contract” and “Stop All Work with ICE!” after learning the University has received nearly $3 million in government funds to work with the immigration agency.
"ICE has got to go."
Northeastern University students marched through the school's quad and demanded the Massachusetts college cancel a research contract with ICE.
— Francisco Bernard ?? (@Francisco4x) July 11, 2018
“In this present moment, it is pretty much immoral to be connected with an agency that is responsible for detaining and prosecuting immigrants, so I don’t want this school to be involved with that,” one student told the Boston Globe.
“If the university remains apolitical in this context, then to some extent the university is complicit and should be challenged,” said Brook Baker, a law professor. “It does provide a service for an organization which is now far off the tracks in terms of human rights.”
MASS REVOLT: Boston Considers Giving NON-US CITIZENS Voting Rights
The city of Boston is considering a new proposal that would allow legal immigrants who aren’t United States citizens the right to vote throughout the city, with council members holding meetings this week to find ways to make local elections “more inclusive.”
According to Boston.com, the proposal was initially requested by Council President Andrea Campbell, who urged the City Council to allow non-citizens the right to vote in municipal races.
“Campbell’s order for a hearing says Boston has more than 190,000 foreign-born residents, which represents 28 percent of the city population. It also says non-U.S. citizens paid $116 million in state and local taxes and generated over $3.4 billion in spending according to a 2015 city report,” writes Boston.com.
The order would permit legal permanent residents, DACA-recipients, green card holders, and valid visa holders the ability to vote throughout Boston in local races.
Read the full report here.
BLUE WAVE CRASHING: Pelosi VOWS to Run for Speaker if DEMS Take Congress
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi set off alarm bells throughout Democratic circles Thursday, confirming her plans to run for Speaker of the House should her party retake control of Congress after the 2018 midterms.
Pelosi’s comments were warmly received by Republicans across the country heading into the elections; with GOP strategists planning to tie their opponents to the unpopular Democrat as American voters head to the polls.
“We will win. I will run for speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too,” Pelosi told the Boston Globe this week.
“It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense,” she added, referencing the top positions in Congress and the White House. “I have no intention of walking away from that table.”
“She is the most unpopular politician in every single competitive district in the country,” said a spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, who welcomed the news of her run for Speaker of the House.
Read the full story at the Boston Globe.