More on Immigration

October 10, 2019 In The News

Rep. Ayanna Pressley on Wednesday gathered local participants of federal deferred immigration action programs the Trump administration has sought to scuttle to highlight the impact of those programs on the Bay State.

As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments on President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which allowed immigrants who came to the United States as children to legally work, attend school, or enter the military — Pressley spoke with 18 DACA recipients.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter, co-signed by 59 of their House colleagues, to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson strongly denouncing anti-LGBTQ changes made to the 2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

September 19, 2019 In The News

IN AN ABRUPT about-face, the Trump administration is reversing course on the recent declaration that it was ending a policy that allows seriously ill immigrants to remain in the country legally to receive medical treatment.

The protected status, called “medical deferred action,” was eliminated on August 7 when the US Customs and Immigration Services agency began sending letters to patients and families requiring them to leave the country within 33 days or face deportation.

September 11, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pressed Renaud with the same line of questioning, asking who handed down the decision to end medical deferred action and why it was done with no public announcement. Finally, turning to subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Ocasio-Cortez suggested further action.

"Mr. Chairman, if I may, I think that we should consider, and I believe that after this hearing we have no recourse but to consider, discussing a subpoena."

September 9, 2019 Press Release

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September 2, 2019 In The News

A sea of purple shirts, white carnations, and pro-labor signs flooded Copley Square Monday as labor leaders, advocates, and union members gathered for the yearly Labor Day March.

The jubilant crowd in front of Trinity Church, numbering in the hundreds, chanted and cheered along with two emcees, invited speakers, and guest musical performances before marching to Boston Common shortly after 1 p.m.

August 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), along with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and other lawmakers penned a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Acting U.S.

August 30, 2019 In The News

Federal lawmakers, including several Massachusetts Democrats, are probing a Trump administration policy change that has some severely ill immigrants facing deportation.

In a Friday letter to a trio of administration officials, the lawmakers said that last month applicants for “medical deferred action” started to receive notices from US Citizenship and Immigration Services “rejecting their request for deportation referral and notified them that they have 33 days to depart the country or risk deportation.”

August 29, 2019 In The News

When Suhas Khamgaonkar came to the United States 14 years ago as the wife of a chemical engineer with an employer-sponsored visa, she thought that her legal immigration status in the country was assured. But when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack in 2015, Khamgaonkar was warned by her immigration attorney that she might be forced to leave the country—even though she had a pending application for permanent U.S. residency.

August 28, 2019 In The News

Three members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are questioning the Trump administration’s decision to divert immigration officers from Northeast offices to assist with processing asylum cases at the southern border, leaving behind a backlog of 40,000 New England cases.