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20 09, 2021

A Tribute to Newell Flather, Philanthropic Leader

2021-09-20T14:24:36-04:00September 20th, 2021|

Newell Flather, an impactful philanthropist and a steadfast friend to Lowell’s immigrant community, died last week. Newell was the founder of GMA Foundations, and he was also widely recognized for his early work in creating new community foundations throughout New England, including the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Newell grew up [...]

30 08, 2021

Afghanistan: A need for a broader response

2021-09-20T13:34:52-04:00August 30th, 2021|

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has brought together a coalition of advocates, organizations, and nations helping Afghans seek safety, including the U.S. military, which has evacuated more than 120,000 people in the past two weeks.  While thousands of Afghans are beginning to arrive in the U.S., the United Nations High [...]

30 08, 2021

American Heroes

2021-09-20T13:35:06-04:00August 30th, 2021|

Afghans and U.S. citizens who have been evacuated from Afghanistan in the past few weeks owe their lives to the heroic efforts of U.S. troops guarding Hamid Karzai International Airport.  The International of New England (IINE) is grateful to U.S. troops who have bravely helped thousands of people to safety. [...]

18 08, 2021

We Stand with the People of Haiti

2021-09-20T13:35:17-04:00August 18th, 2021|

On August 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck near southern Haiti. The loss of life and injuries have been large, amplifying the already growing economic and political devastation in the country. Many of our colleagues and clients have family and friends who have been directly impacted. The International Institute of [...]

16 08, 2021

A Moral Imperative: Stand Behind Our Allies in Afghanistan

2021-09-20T13:35:25-04:00August 16th, 2021|

While the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Defense are currently evacuating embassy staff and U.S. nationals from Kabul, Afghanistan after the fall of the city to the Taliban, the International Institute of New England strongly encourages the Biden administration to support our Afghan allies and safely evacuate and welcome all individuals who are eligible [...]

19 07, 2021

In Defense of DACA

2021-08-06T16:05:13-04:00July 19th, 2021|

On July 16th, a federal District Court judge in Texas halted new applicants to DACA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The ruling does not affect the more than 600,000 young people currently protected by DACA. In the written ruling, the judge said DACA is unlawful because the federal government violated the [...]

19 07, 2021

A Joyous Welcome

2021-08-06T16:05:14-04:00July 19th, 2021|

Habimana Kabera and Leniya Mukamuganga met in the Democratic Republic of Congo and soon had to flee violence in their home country. Arriving in a refugee camp in Rwanda, they had seven children, now ages 7 to 22, over the next 25 years. On July 9th, they arrived in the U.S. and were [...]

29 06, 2021

Senator Elizabeth Warren visits IINE in Lowell

2021-08-06T16:05:14-04:00June 29th, 2021|

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) today. She met with the Lowell CHC leadership, toured the Mill City Grows mobile market, and visited IINE’s new offices on the second floor of the Health Center. Senator Warren participated in a roundtable discussion with Lowell CHC staff [...]

4 05, 2021

Refugee Cap Raised to 62,500

2021-05-04T18:32:21-04:00May 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

2021-04-23T20:06:14-04:00April 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 [...]

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