PAIR awarded sustaining grant from Cummings Foundation

Boston, MA May 6, 2019 – The Political Asylum He share Representation Project (PAIR) is one of the many local nonprofits sharing in Cummings Foundation’s $45 million grant program in 2019. The Boston-based organization is one of 50 local nonprofits to receive a Sustaining Grants, announced by the Cummings Foundation at its May 2, 2019 Awards Night. Sustaining Grants provide ongoing funding and support for previous $100K for 100 winners, typically from $20,000 to $50,000 annually, for up to 10 years. PAIR was chosen from a total of 100 non-profits, during a competitive review process. Founded in 1989, PAIR is the … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh includes funds dedicated To Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund in FY20 budget proposal

BOSTON – Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Building on his commitment to supporting Boston’s immigrant communities, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced his FY20 Budget proposal includes $50,000 in City funds dedicated to the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund, a public-private partnership that works to increase education and access to legal services to defend its many immigrant communities, refugees, and temporary status holders.   “The Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund is a statement of our values as a City: that immigrants deserve to have access to information about their rights and to legal services,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am proud to include … Continue reading

Trump administration closes international immigration offices, stripping resources for family immigration

Washington, DC – According to a report by journalists Maria Sacchetti and Nick Miroff of the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is preparing to close all 21 international immigration offices around the world. According to Sacchetti and Miroff, the “move comes as the Trump administration is pressing to tighten the nation’s immigration controls and shift from family reunification to merit-based immigration. Department of Homeland Security officials say it is part of an overall effort to streamline U.S. immigration operations.” The Trump administration has been targeting our family-based immigration system, threatening to take away crucial policies that allow families to stay together in the … Continue reading

DHS announces final rule for a more effective and efficient H-1B visa program

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and He share Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it introduces an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31, and will go into effect on April 1, though the electronic registration requirement will be suspended … Continue reading

Statement from Connie Chin, President and CEO of the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Boston, MA – Statement from Connie Chin, President and CEO of the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, on the installation of Who We Are: Boston He share Then and Now at the Consulate of Mexico in Boston. “We are thrilled that Who We Are has touched so many members of our community. It has traveled from the Boston Public Library to City Hall, to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, to the Consulate of Peru and now the Consulate of Mexico. With everything going on in the world today, this exhibition celebrates the immigrant heritage and cultural history of what makes Boston … Continue reading

15K+ march and rally in Boston to support immigrants and oppose family separation

A coalition comprising dozens of civil rights groups, immigrant advocates, and labor unions helped rally thousands of people in Boston, MA as part ofa national wave of protests incited by current U.S. immigration policies. The march and rally drew parallels from recent national events to the ways local families are criminalized and detained, while similarly voicing opposition to the racist Muslim Ban upheld recently by the Supreme Court. Continue reading