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 [...]

26 01, 2021

The first week: Executive orders focused on immigration

2021-02-17T00:56:01+00:00January 26th, 2021|

It has been a week since the inauguration of President Biden, and we are seeing positive signs of change in immigration policies. A subset of the new President’s executive orders began the effort to overturn more than 400 actions issued by the previous administration that undermined established pathways for legal immigration, naturalization, and humanitarian [...]

19 01, 2021

Inauguration Day

2021-01-19T15:26:58+00:00January 19th, 2021|

Tomorrow Joe Biden and Kamala Harris become President and Vice President of the United States. For the International Institute of New England, the change in administration is a welcome relief. At IINE, we look forward to working with the new administration in fulfilling its pledge of restoring America as “a nation of laws and [...]

12 11, 2020

The difference between two Mondays

2020-11-12T17:59:29+00:00November 12th, 2020|

After a momentous weekend, our staff returned to work—either virtually or in person—yesterday. Here’s what their Monday looked like: In Boston, a member of the Employment team helped an immigrant client file an application for unemployment. They had been working at a nearby hotel for a number of years before being furloughed and eventually [...]

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