In Defense of DACA

2021-07-19T16:47:12+00:00July 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 [...]

A Joyous Welcome

2021-07-27T17:43:52+00:00July 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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