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Residents taking sides over immigration-status vote

Bubbling tension

Tuesday morning the classrooms and the main hall at the New Life Presbyterian Community Church in downtown Framingham were filled with Brazilian, Russian, and Chinese immigrants translating simple words from their native language into English, learning how to use superlatives, and polishing their questions for an upcoming game that will use American baseball legend Jackie Robinson as its theme.

Framingham’s adult English as a Second Language programs, which are held mornings and evenings, are in such high demand that the waiting list stretches into the hundreds.

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