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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.

John Bender / RIPR

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

John Bender / RIPR

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.

Richard Drew / Associated Press

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.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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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For decades, Liberian refugees were allowed to live and work in the U.S. following the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s. President Donald Trump announced the end of that policy in March, giving protected Liberians just one year to prepare for deportation.

Liberians living in Southern New England are confused and disappointed. The Whitehouse says the Liberian policy is no longer necessary, because country is stable after years of war and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. But local Liberians disagree.

Independent candidate for Rhode Island governor Joe Trillo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his message to voters, the debate over public subsidies for a new PawSox stadium, and much more.

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Independent candidate for governor Joe Trillo joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign and President Trump's stance on Dreamers.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

A group of elected officials and leaders of community groups gathered Monday at Central Falls to oppose plans for including a citizenship question in the U.S. Census in 2020.

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