AILA Members in the News

ANTI-IMMIGRANT SENTIMENT IS THREATENING TO DROWN AN INITIATIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS

By Members in the News

AILA NE Chair, Adrienne Vaughan shares with the Telegram and Gazette that the RMV is overburdened and underfunded. Its mission is to “deliver excellent customer service and safety to people traveling in the Commonwealth” and “provide our nation’s safest and most reliable transportation system to strengthen our economy and quality of life.” Voting yes on Question 4 will, among many other benefits, allow it to fulfill this mission more effectively.

Read it here: https://thinkimmigration.org/blog/2022/10/27/anti-immigrant-sentiment-is-threatening-to-drown-an-initiative-in-massachusetts/

‘We’re all dispersed’: Migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard have now settled throughout Eastern Mass.

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AILA NE Rachel Self provided information to the Boston Globe as follows: now that she has the certifications from the Texas sheriff in hand, the migrants can individually apply for U visas with the help of their pro bono immigration attorneys. The process promises to be long, she cautioned.

“It’s not a quick fix,” she said, “and [the outcome] is not guaranteed.”

But the U visa process does provide a plausible path for the migrants to obtain work authorization and, eventually, green cards, Espinoza-Madrigal said.

Read it here: ‘We’re all dispersed’: Migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard have now settled throughout Eastern Mass. – The Boston Globe

Immigration, driver’s licenses entwined in tangled Question 4

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AILA NE Chapter Chair, Adrienne Vaughan, can be found in the Boston Globe as saying “it is time the Commonwealth join 16 other states that have enacted similar provisions. Separating the issuance of driver’s licenses from the issue of lawful status can be justified from several perspectives. The real issue is over safety on the road.”

Read it here: Immigration, driver’s licenses entwined in tangled Question 4 – The Boston Globe

Attorney Rachel Self addresses Martha’s Vineyard migrants sent by Governor DeSantis

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Attorney Rachel Self’s message is clear: “[t]o the people who find themselves plane wrecked on our island, I have a message for you. You are not alone. We have your backs. We got you. If the intention of those who perpetrated this horrendous act was to create a crisis, they have failed.”

Watch it here: Immigration lawyers say Mass. migrants given misleading information in Texas – YouTube

Rocket docket redux. Still a bad idea.

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The Boston Globe quoted Jill Seeber, Esq., founder of the Mabel Center and an AILA NE Asylum liaison, about the Biden administration’s attempts to expedite families’ asylum claims at the expense of due process.

Read it here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/07/20/metro/rocket-docket-redux-still-bad-idea/

Asylum Office ACLU Report

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Attorney Annelise Araujo was interviewed for a WGBH article, reporting on Boston’s asylum office and their low grant rate. Boston’s asylum office has the second lowest grant rate for asylum seekers in the country. In the interview, Annelise focused her remarks on the consequence of a denied asylum.

Read it here: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2022/03/23/boston-immigration-office-has-second-lowest-grant-rate-for-asylum-seekers-in-the-country

AILA New England Chair Annelise Araujo’s Letter to the Boston Globe Editor Published

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AILA New England Chair Annelise Araujo’s letter to the Boston Globe editor was published yesterday. In her letter, Attorney Araujo stressed the point that our current US labor shortage could be mitigated, in part, by timely adjudication of the pool of over 650,000 pending with USCIS. She states: “The waiting time for many applicants is now over 12 months — for an application that USCIS estimates takes just 12 minutes to adjudicate.” 12 minutes! Great point, Annelise.

Read it here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/02/16/opinion/immigration-labor-shortage/#bgmp-comments

bostonglobe.com-Immigration and the labor shortage

AILA New England Chapter’s Letter to the Editor published in Mass Lawyer’s Weekly

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Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has published the letter from the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s New England chapter, the Boston Bar Association and more than 20 other law organizations arguing they should be included in the second phase of the state’s vaccine distribution plan as defense attorneys.

https://masslawyersweekly.com/2021/03/05/letter-immigration-lawyers-need-to-be-part-of-covid-phase-2/