Immigration concerns: US Sen. Edward Markey calls emergency town hall meeting at Smith College

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NORTHAMPTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., is scheduled to conduct an emergency town hall meeting Thursday evening at Smith College.

The discussion will focus on the Trump administration's "Muslim ban, anti-immigrant executive order and new mass-deportation guidelines," according to Markey's office.

Markey is a co-sponsor of legislation that would rescind an executive order that he says targets law-abiding undocumented immigrants for deportation.

"With these new guidelines, President Trump wants DHS to stand for Department of Hate and Suspicion," Markey said in a statement on his website.

"These Homeland Security directives will result in more raids, mass deportations, and fear and terror within our immigrant communities," he said. "Tearing apart families and targeting hard-working immigrants is un-American."

The meeting will be held at the Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith College campus at 144 Green St. in Northampton.

Doors open at 6 p.m., the program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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