May Day rallies pushing to make Massachusetts a “sanctuary state”

Rallies being held nationwide to show opposition to Trump policies

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, a woman holds a sign at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco. The Trump administration is moving beyond rhetoric in its effort to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The Justice Department is forcing nine communities to prove they are complying with an immigration law to continue receiving coveted law enforcement grant money. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Immigrants and activists are marking International Workers’ Day with marches and rallies in the Boston area.

The “Here to Stay” rallies in Boston, Chelsea and Everett on Monday are also meant to be a call for Massachusetts lawmakers to approve the Safe Communities Act.

That proposal would make Massachusetts a so-called “sanctuary state” where state agencies limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

The May Day rallies are part of a nationwide effort to show opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

The events start with a rally at the Statehouse steps in Boston at about noon. They continue with late afternoon marches stepping off from City Hall in Everett and Maverick Square in East Boston and converging in front of City Hall in Chelsea.

 

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