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4 05, 2021

Refugee Cap Raised to 62,500

2021-05-04T18:32:21+00:00May 4th, 2021|

The International Institute of New England (IINE) applauds President Biden’s decision to set the ceiling on the number of refugees the U.S. can admit to 62,500 people this year. The President’s determination gives hope to thousands of families here in the U.S. awaiting their loved ones as well as those abroad who have already [...]

23 04, 2021

An Urgent Need to Sign the Presidential Determination

2021-04-23T20:06:14+00:00April 23rd, 2021|

Late last week, the White House announced that the ceiling on the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. this year would remain at 15,000, the number established by former President Trump. This year’s cap is the lowest in U.S. history. In fact, since October, the country has admitted just 2,050 refugees, on pace to [...]

20 04, 2021

A Critical Moment

2021-04-22T17:05:15+00:00April 20th, 2021|

Today a jury in Minneapolis convicted a White police officer of the murder of a Black man, George Floyd. Such a verdict is a rare event in the United States. The facts were never in dispute. Derek Chauvin placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, an excessive amount [...]

1 04, 2021

Refugee Resettlement: A Q&A with our Chief Program Officer

2021-04-01T22:00:53+00:00April 1st, 2021|

In February, President Biden announced he would expand the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 annually, with an immediate increase beginning soon. The 15,000-person cap set by the Trump administration was the lowest since the Refugee Act became law in 1980 with overwhelming bipartisan support. International Institute of New England’s Chief [...]

23 03, 2021

Urge Your Senators to Pass the American Dream and Promise Act

2021-03-23T17:43:18+00:00March 23rd, 2021|

On March 18, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act. Now it is up to the Senate to pass this bill, which will provide pathways to citizenship to 2.3 million Dreamers, young people who have lived, studied, and worked here for most of their lives and know no [...]

18 03, 2021

We Stand Against Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

2021-03-18T16:35:51+00:00March 18th, 2021|

On March 16, 2021 eight people were murdered in Atlanta. Six of those people were Asian women. While it is not yet clear if these murders will carry hate crime charges, we know that hate incidents against the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community increased nearly 150% since the beginning of the pandemic. [...]

11 03, 2021

IINE Applauds Biden Administration Stops Defending Public Charge Rule

2021-03-11T15:22:07+00:00March 11th, 2021|

On March 9, 2021, the Biden administration declared that it had stopped defending the public charge rule enacted during the Trump administration. The Justice Department notified the Supreme Court of the new policy, leading to the dismissal of cases challenging the rule. The public charge rule allowed for the rejection of green card applicants [...]

19 02, 2021

International Institute of New England (IINE) to be Housed at Lowell Community Health Center

2021-02-19T13:59:43+00:00February 19th, 2021|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 18, 2021Contacts:Diane Shohet, International Institute of New England, dshohet@iine.org, 617-801-5255 orClare Gunther, Lowell Community Health Center, ClareGu@lchealth.org, 978-746-7891International Institute of New England (IINE) to be Housed at Lowell Community Health Center Move will enhance organizations’ ability to provide comprehensive social services, education and healthcare to Lowell’s refugee and immigrant communitiesLOWELL, MA -- [...]

17 02, 2021

A New Path Forward: Raising the Refugee Cap

2021-02-17T00:52:05+00:00February 17th, 2021|

Last week, President Biden announced he would expand the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 annually, with an immediate increase beginning soon. The 15,000-person cap set by the Trump administration was the lowest since the Refugee Act became law in 1980 with overwhelming bipartisan support. In the executive order, Mr. Biden [...]

5 02, 2021

“Safer, stronger, and more prosperous”

2021-02-17T00:54:08+00:00February 5th, 2021|

Two weeks into the Biden-Harris Administration, IINE is encouraged to see continued executive action aimed at halting and reversing immigration policies that disrupted millions of lives, businesses, and families in refugee and immigrant communities throughout the United States.   Following six executive actions on his first day in office that protected DACA recipients, overturned the Muslim Ban, and injected humanity into removal proceedings, President Biden signed three additional Executive Orders this week impacting immigration. Taken together, these orders underscore how “our country is safer, stronger, and [...]

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