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27 09, 2019

Joint statement from IINE and Ascentria Care Alliance

2019-09-27T18:29:44+00:00September 27th, 2019|

“In countless ways, America depends on new Americans.”  Agencies oppose Trump administration plans to slash refugee resettlement and legal immigration to the U.S.  By: Ascentria Care Alliance and the International Institute of New England   Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England, and the International Institute of New [...]

16 09, 2019

The Third Narrative about Immigrants: Why We Need Them As Much As They Need Us

2019-09-16T11:41:52+00:00September 16th, 2019|

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” For some, the words of poet Emma Lazarus, which have adorned the Statue of Liberty for over 100 years, are a call to help those who are suffering. For others, like Ken Cuccinelli, the [...]

8 09, 2019

From a Desperate Situation to a Stable Family Environment: The Family Reunification Program

2019-09-10T12:57:04+00:00September 8th, 2019|

By Kaila Thomas, IINE intern Since 2011, the International Institute of New England has helped unaccompanied minor children by providing the support and resources they need to reunify with loved ones in the United States. Sometimes migrant families travel to the U.S. border together, but very often children travel alone and cross the U.S. [...]

4 09, 2019

A “happily ever after” for one international couple

2019-09-10T12:56:34+00:00September 4th, 2019|

By Mariah Dennis, volunteer and contributing writer It was love at first click for Andrea and Kurt, when they met online in 2014. But, there was one problem with this twenty-first century love story: Andrea lived in Peru, and Kurt lived in Boston. They spent the next two years chatting online before finally meeting [...]

26 08, 2019

“Nothing is ever easy until you have done it.” Lessons from the Hospitality Training Program in Boston

2019-08-26T18:08:03+00:00August 26th, 2019|

Graduation Speech by Leonardo Fermin, Hospitality Training Program Hello everyone, thank you for being here today. My name is Leonardo Fermin. I am originally from Venezuela and I would like to start by telling you a little bit about myself. Being in Venezuela, I had the opportunity to complete high school and continue on [...]

22 08, 2019

Information for immigrant families: Public Charge policy changes start October 15, 2019

2019-10-08T13:32:52+00:00August 22nd, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new public charge rule, which will go into effect on October 15th.  The rule includes a requirement that immigrants seeking a change in status (i.e., a green card) “must demonstrate that they have not, since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or [...]

14 08, 2019

IINE Statement on Public Charge Policy changes

2019-08-14T13:50:23+00:00August 14th, 2019|

The Trump Administration's new "Public Charge" policy will limit the ability of legally-admitted, tax-paying immigrants to become permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. The International Institute of New England condemns this xenophobic policy as un-American and economically indefensible. Legal immigrants with documented statuses sometimes struggle to make a living when they first arrive [...]

25 07, 2019

Meet Hailu: one of our newest citizens

2019-07-25T14:40:33+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Hailu is from Ethiopia. Earlier this year, he hired IINE's Legal Immigration Forms Service (LIFS) for help with his citizenship application. Ashley Wellbrock took on Hailu's case, prepared his application and forms, and helped him get ready for his citizenship interview. On July 11, 2019, Hailu became a U.S. citizen. When asked about his [...]

18 07, 2019

A message from the President & CEO: Here’s why we should fight the Trump Administration’s proposed policy

2019-07-18T14:08:06+00:00July 18th, 2019|

A message from IINE CEO, Jeff Thielman, on new federal guidelines released this week "A well-founded fear of persecution." Since 1951, that phrase has been the global standard for asylum-seekers desperate for a safe future. “Fear of persecution” is a lawyerly way of generalizing warfare, gang violence, discrimination, genocide, corruption, racism, and religious and [...]