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Pack up their stuff, take their sick children and leave

“How cruel!” Congressman Lacy Clay thundered across the hearing room this Wednesday at acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli, who moments before had admitted that it was he who made the decision to deport children with cancer this past summer. Clay challenged Cuccinelli, asking him what the parents of two sick infants should do when they … Continued

Trumps Threatening Tweets

Last week, I wrote about the US government taking away soccer balls, education and legal aid from detained immigrants kids; this week, we learn that they are also taking away toothbrushes and soap from the kids. On Tuesday, Department of Justice lawyer Sarah Fabian argued in court that immigrants kids do not need toothbrushes or … Continued

Taking a stand for kindness

This week, I was delighted to participate in the IIIC’s community building gathering, Citizens Empowered, hosted in partnership with the Bostonian Society and the Fish Family Foundation. At the core of these round-table discussions is our steadfast belief that becoming a US citizen is going beyond completing the paperwork and passing the exam, but that citizenship … Continued

On Mothers Day, 2019

Across the U.S. and Central America this weekend, many honor the strength, wisdom and compassion of mothers who lead our families and our communities. This week, a group of us at the IIIC were fortunate enough to witness a really special moment that highlighted the love, human values, and power of motherhood that transcend country … Continued

Stand With Immigrant Families This Spring

Stand with immigrant and refugee families today Every gift makes a difference! Day in and day out, the IIIC community is working tirelessly to reunite and keep families together, provide new opportunities through educational programs, and bring comfort and stability through therapeutic supports. This vital work is only possible thanks to the outpouring of support we … Continued

Happy Easter and Passover!

This year, Easter and Passover happen at the same time. One shared tradition between the two is the telling, and retelling, of sacred stories. And I am reminded of Avivah Zornberg’s interview on Kristia Tippet’s OnBeing radio show in 2011 about the Exodus, the journey. It is really brilliant and I encourage you to listen here. … Continued

St. Patricks Day: A Time to Reflect and Unite

On this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Irish International Immigrant Center stands with Muslim communities across the globe, who are grieving the loss of 49 innocent lives in New Zealand. Our sincere condolences to their families, friends, and to all who are now faced with greater fear and isolation in the wake of this tragedy. … Continued

IIIC and BMC Supporting Immigrant Patients

Within three months of immigrating to the United States in 1994, I was diagnosed with cancer, and my doctor quickly ushered me over to MGH for immediate surgery and treatment. As an immigrant in a new country, and only knowing my fiancée, and a few people, it was a really scary time. I will never … Continued

St. Valentines Day: To Immigrants with Love

On St. Valentine’s Day we celebrate love and all our loved ones. This week, we learned through the government shutdown negotiations that 48,019 immigrant detainees are presently being separated from their loved ones by ICE, and being held in prison cells. Congress funds ICE to imprison an astonishing 40,500 immigrants at any given time, and … Continued

Real emergencies vs. sham emergencies

The administration has spent the past few weeks spreading invented rhetoric about a sham “emergency” at the southern border. This artificial emergency has drawn my attention to the real emergencies that immigrants and refugees here in Massachusetts and across the country face every day. Our team at the IIIC are on the front lines attending … Continued

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