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December 1, 1993 | LAURA IMPELLIZZERI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the leaders of this crowded, working-class city on Boston's border declared it a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees in 1987, they attracted little attention; they were joining a national trend. By 1990, however, a murmur was growing among longtime residents that the Board of Aldermen had opened a floodgate. Tension mounted the following year; there were racial conflicts in some neighborhoods and a brawl at Somerville High School between Haitian and white students.
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December 1, 1993 | LAURA IMPELLIZZERI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the leaders of this crowded, working-class city on Boston's border declared it a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees in 1987, they attracted little attention; they were joining a national trend. By 1990, however, a murmur was growing among longtime residents that the Board of Aldermen had opened a floodgate. Tension mounted the following year; there were racial conflicts in some neighborhoods and a brawl at Somerville High School between Haitian and white students.
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