Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Gabriela Domenzain, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss President Trump's appeal to voters in communities like Johnston, the case of Lilian Calderon, why undocumented immigrants want driver's licenses and more.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gabriela Domenzain, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for the so-called Dreamers and whether gun proposals in RI are more about politics or policy.

John Bender / RIPR

Lilian Calderon spent her first night with her family in Rhode Island after being detained for nearly a month by federal immigration authorities in Massachusetts. 


Lillian Calderon, the woman who was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month, was released to her husband Tuesday and returned to Rhode Island.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss the ongoing immigration debate and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's use of public safety in Providence as an issue to criticize Gov. Raimondo.

Fred Bever / New England News Collaborative

When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.


A Johnston woman faces deportation even though her attorney said she has no criminal record.

Ian Donnis

U.S. Representative David Cicilline from Rhode Island's First Congressional District joins Political Roundtable to discuss his vote against ending the federal government shutdown, as well as the debate about immigration and what Democrats should learn from the 2016 election.

US Attorney In MA: Expect Tougher Immigration Enforcement

Jan 25, 2018
United States Department of Justice

The new U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts says people can expect to see more aggressive immigration enforcement out of his office.

That's in line with priorities outlined by the Trump administration.

John Dillon/VPR


An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont.

Haitian community activists, politicians and local leaders held a press conference and rally on Sunday to support Rhode Island's Haitian community, in reaction to the vulgar comments about certain immigrants attributed to President Trump on Thursday.

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day, the holiday devoted to one of our nation’s premier 20th century civil rights leaders. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the United States needs to follow King’s example, or lose respect around the world.


Washington D.C. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians allowed to legally enter the United States following an earthquake in 2010. The affected Haitians will have to leave the U.S. by 2019. The program has also been revoked for 2,000 Nicaraguans and it's unclear if other groups, including 300,000 Salvadorans, will be allowed to remain.


It's starting to actually feel like fall, and the news keeps coming fast and furious. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Isaac Bowen / CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Thursday is the last chance for recipients of the federal immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to renew their status. After that, the federal government has announced it will wind down the program, which allows residents brought into the country illegally as children to remain and work without fear of deportation.