5 10, 2021

Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty Act would help refugee families in “deep poverty”

2021-10-06T09:16:27-04:00October 5th, 2021|

Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty, a set of bills being introduced by Representative Marjorie Decker and Senator Sal DiDomenico, would provide financial assistance to Massachusetts families with children living in poverty. The bills are targeted at families who are below 50% of the federal poverty level, or $915 a month [...]

1 10, 2021

Afghan evacuees approved for federal refugee benefits

2021-10-01T17:53:46-04:00October 1st, 2021|

The International Institute of New England (IINE) is pleased with the passage of the Continuing Resolution on Thursday, September 30, 2021 authorizing Afghan humanitarian parolees to receive refugee resettlement benefits. These much-needed benefits will include reception and placement services, and access to healthcare, food stamps, and limited cash assistance. This [...]

23 09, 2021

Stop repatriating Haitians seeking safety in the U.S.

2021-09-23T10:22:52-04:00September 23rd, 2021|

On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) expelled 86 Haitian nationals from the U.S., and flew them back to Haiti. These migrants were expelled under Title 42, a policy created under the Trump administration to speed deportations in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, thousands of Haitian immigrants [...]

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 [...]

20 04, 2021

A Critical Moment

2021-04-22T17:05:15-04:00April 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

2021-04-01T22:00:53-04:00April 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

2021-03-23T17:43:18-04:00March 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

2021-03-18T16:35:51-04:00March 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

2021-03-11T15:22:07-05:00March 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 [...]

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