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Bostonians Fight Booking Center Plans

Some Bostonians are up in arms over a Homeland Security Department plan to hold foreigners under arrest in a new office building in historic Charlestown, the neighborhood that saw the first major fighting of the American Revolution. The federal government has signed a 10-year lease with developers in the section of Boston that is the site of the Bunker Hill Monument and the home of the USS Constitution and was the starting point for Paul Revere’s ride. “I think not only is there an irony, but there’s a tragedy,” said Abhijit Das, a 31-year-old lawyer who lives in a condominium near the building. He and his neighbors have raised $22,000 and hired lawyers and media advisers to fight the project. They say developers promised the building would be filled with stores and office space — not holding rooms for people awaiting deportation. Full Story

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