The Chinatown Coalition celebrated its 20th anniversary on Feb. 14 at Hostelling International. Its present committee includes representatives from the Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University and the Chinese Progressive Association.
After more than a year of public testimony, internal debate, and two vetoed proposals, Boston City Council adopted a new district map on October 31 of this year. The new map passed the council by a vote of 11 to 2. Councilor Bill Linehan of District 2, who chaired the Committee on Census and Redistricting, voted in opposition.
Today’s misguided immigration debate centers on the question of legality.
Many argue that immigrants with legal status should have rights to government benefits and services, but the undocumented should not, because they are illegal. If our government already doesn’t have the money to adequately provide for our own citizens, the argument goes, how can we extend services to those who came here illegally? Immigration is out of control and can be solved with more border patrols and ID checks.