>> I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are looking forward to the New Year.  It’s time we began to get ready for the Biden Administration and hopefully a  breath of fresh air with a return to normalcy at the department of Homeland Security. Don’t forget that our next meeting will be held on  Monday evening, January11 at 7:30.  >> I recently read AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins.  It was an Oprah Book Club choice, but received a lot of negative comments as stereotypical for this fictional account of immigrants fleeing danger from their home country and seeking the safety of the US.  I found it a very worthwhile read, and pretty close to the harrowing journey across the Sonora Desert that I have heard from those who made the journey.  It is available as an eBook from the Needham Public Library. You may find it a good read too.

>>As the year winds down I hope you will consider a donation to the Task Force.  We charge no formal dues, but hope individuals will voluntarily donate $25.00 per year and organizations, $50.00 per year.  We will need funds if we are to hold community education forums, help other organizations with Covid related food banks, and other such costs.  All funds we raise are devoted to Task Force activities.  As a 501 c 3 charitable corporation, your donation is tax deductible.  If you wish, you can donate on our website, info@immigrationneedham.org or by sending a check to Bill Okerman, Treasurer at 100 Meetinghouse Circle, Needham 02494

GOVERNMENT REPORTS:>>The Congressional Research Service has published a Report on “U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Powers and Limitations: A Brief Primer” on Dec 9, 2020.  It briefly explains in 5 pages the limitations concerning the 4th Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure in the interior of the US.  SEE:   https://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/LSB10559.pdf   A far more detailed 66 page Report “Searches and Seizures at the Border and the Fourth Amendment” dated Nov 12, 2020 can be found at  https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R4660.  There are different standards that apply to the border and the interior of the US.

LOCAL ISSUES:>>Eva Millona, president and ceo of MIRA, has sent the following important request regarding the Safe Communities Bill.  SEE:  https://mailchi.mp/miracoalition/supporting-daca-applicants-3239790?e=f201471685

 >>Bev sent me the following item from the Harvard Gazette: ” (President of Harvard University)Bacow letter urges Biden to reverse Trump immigration curbs” which can be found at: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/12/harvard-president-urges-immigration-restriction reversal/utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Gazette%2020201216%20(1)

>>Bill Okerman will be one of the presenters at a Zoom conference Saturday, December 19 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM titled“Wage Theft in Massachusetts and the Failure of the State to Effectively Enforce Its Wage and Hour Laws”
The Zoom link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88114398027?pwd=RVR3cWJrN1hkNWpSU3B3QVZHdkFYUT09   Meeting ID: 881 1439 8027. Passcode: 337068In his presentation, Massachusetts-based workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights activist Bill Okerman will discuss the serious problem of wage theft in Massachusetts and tell the story behind how the state has long been failing to effectively enforce its wage and hour laws. The presentation will include a discussion of Proposition 22—the California ballot initiative overwhelmingly approved on November 3 that allows app-based transportation and delivery companies, such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates, to classify their drivers as “independent contractors,” instead of “employees,” and, thereby, exempts these “gig economy” companies from providing their drivers employee benefits—and its implications for the battle over the classification of “gig” workers that is already underway in Massachusetts.  

For further information see: mailto:centermarxisteducation@gmail.com

Stay safe and enjoy the holidays

Gerry Rovner