Week In Review: Affirmative Consent, Affirmative Action, Immigration, South End Soccer

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This week, President Obama issued his executive action on immigration. He says it's the result of congressional inaction.

"Rounding up and deporting millions of people isn't realistic," said the president. "Anyone who tells you otherwise isn't being straight with you."

Local reaction to his executive order were mixed.

"The key is, stop sending a message about amnesty that says: if you make it to the U.S. you can stay," Steve Kropper, co-chair of Massachusetts Citizens for Immigration Reform, told us in outright opposition earlier this week.

But Eva Milona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, told us she was cautiously optimistic.

"He's taking the first step towards fixing the immigration system to the extent that he can," she said.

Plus, Harvard students push for a "yes means yes" sexual consent policy.

"Consent is a criminal standard to talk about," Colby Bruno, senior legal counsel for the Victim Rights Law Center, told us. "It's not this unwelcomeness, which is more of a civil standard."

And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh cleans house at City Hall and prepares for possible reaction to Ferguson.


Shannon O’Brien, former state treasurer and candidate for governor.

Jim Stergios, executive director of Pioneer Institute. He tweets @JimStergios.


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  • "Thursday night, President Obama will announce an executive action that could protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow many of them to work legally in the United States."

This article was originally published on November 21, 2014.

This segment aired on November 21, 2014.


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