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AILA New England’s Statement on Developments on Martha’s Vineyard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

Contact: Adrienne J. Vaughan, Chair, American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s New England Chapter at adriennejv@ajvimmigrationlaw.com

AILA New England’s Statement on Developments on Martha’s Vineyard

The transport of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts by Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is a cruel and despicable act that disregards the value of both human life and of the immigration laws. DeSantis’ treatment of migrants through deceit is not only reprehensible – it is unlawful. The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s New England Chapter denounces the exploitation of vulnerable people as political pawns.

Media reports’ portrayal of these migrants as “illegals” is completely incorrect. U.S. immigration laws protect the rights of individuals to seek asylum through proper channels. Under the law, after initial processing and initial review of an asylum claim, the Department of Homeland Security may release migrants from federal custody so that they may pursue asylum claims.

We applaud the efforts of the people of Martha’s Vineyard, and New England generally, in rushing to the aid of these vulnerable individuals. AILA New England supports the migrants who are victims of this political stunt. AILA New England supports its volunteer member attorneys who have traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to triage this situation as well as those who will, in the coming months, be continuing to provide legal counsel to these migrants. Local organizations have also been indispensable in these efforts, and we would like to express our profound gratitude for their continued support and humanity.

Let’s use this event as an opportunity to discuss where our immigration system needs improvement. We can do better, and we must do better. The federal government must allocate resources to build and reinforce the infrastructure to better serve people seeking asylum.

Local Students Students Celebrate America’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants and Win Cash Prizes from AILA New England!

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Congratulations to all students who participated in the American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter’s Student Essay Contest! Special congratulations to Grace Smith and Sammi Hanlon from Oak Ridge School in East Sandwich, MA and Calista Salpoglou from Mt. Alvernia Academy in Chestnut Hill, MA for their outstanding essays. Grace Smith won first place and wins $500 for her winning essay. Calista Salpoglou earned $300 for second place, and Sammi Hanlon earned $200 for second place. Congratulations!

 

Read more about the contest here: Students Celebrate America’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants 05.16.2022

The American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter denounces the Administration’s use of the COVID-19 crisis to eliminate the US asylum system

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter denounces the Administration’s use of the COVID-19 crisis to eliminate the US asylum system under the pretense of protecting public health and national security, part of a continuing stream of Executive Orders and Proclamations whose goal is to restrict legal immigration without Congress. 

July 13, 2020

AILA Press Release on Asylum

 

Contact: Eliana C. Nader, AILA New England Chapter Chair,
enader@magaletta.com

 

American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter denounces a new ICE rule for international students

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AILA Press Release on International Student Restrictions

American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter denounces a new ICE rule requiring international students enrolled in schools offering on-line instruction only during the pandemic to leave the United States or face risk of deportation.

Contact: Eliana C. Nader, AILA New England Chapter Chair,
enader@magaletta.com

American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter denounces the President’s Proclamation restricting entry of certain nonimmigrants

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AILANE-POTUS Proclamation 6-22-20-PressRelease

American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter denounces the President’s Proclamation restricting entry of skilled temporary workers, managers and executives, exchange visitors

Contact: Eliana C. Nader, AILA New England Chapter Chair
enader@magaletta.com