Category Archives: Immigration Law

Two Immigration-Related Bills Making Progress in Massachusetts Legislature

According to reporting from 7News Boston WHDH, two immigration-related bills are currently making significant progress in the Massachusetts legislature. Supporters are citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason why immediate action is critical. In this article, our Boston immigration lawyers highlight the most important things you should know about the two proposals. Immigration-Related Bills in... READ MORE

Two Rhode Island Municipalities Win Significant Immigration Victory Over Federal Government

According to a report from Boston.com, two Rhode Island cities—Providence and Central Falls—have officially scored an important victory for immigrant rights against the federal government. Federal officials are dropping an appeal that sought to force local police officers in these cities to cooperate closely with immigration agents. Notably, both Providence and Central Falls are sanctuary... READ MORE

An Overview of Immigration Options for Crime Victims in Boston

Crime victims may suffer serious psychological and emotional trauma—especially those who endured a serious crime such as human trafficking, domestic violence, or sexual assault. Sadly, many vulnerable victims feel they lack options for justice due to their immigration status. An undocumented person may worry that they will be deported if they seek help or report... READ MORE

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Immigration Arrests in Massachusetts Courthouse

According to a report from Boston.com, a federal appeals court has overturned a previous ruling that barred Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from making civil immigration arrests at courthouses in Massachusetts. Two of the top prosecutors in Massachusetts are vowing to continue the fight to protect immigrant rights and our communities. Here, our Boston deportation... READ MORE

Massachusetts Immigration Reform Bill is Making Progress—But Obstacles Remain

Several prominent Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing a key immigration reform bill that would provide much needed legal protections to vulnerable people. Most notably, the law seeks to limit cooperation between federal immigration enforcement agencies and state and local police departments. According to a report from MassLive, the Commonwealth’s proposed immigration reform is advancing through the... READ MORE

Massachusetts Leaders Fear the Trump Administration is Unreasonably Denying Medical Deferrals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

According to reporting from WBUR News, three prominent members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are raising concerns over the Trump Administration’s treatment of undocumented immigrants who are dealing with serious medical issues. In a letter to Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, and Representative Ayanna Pressley all express their concerns... READ MORE

Boston Immigration Court Temporarily Closed; Immigration Lawyers Raise Serious Concerns About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As of March 20th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that there are 413 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, the true number is undoubtedly higher because testing is limited. Further, the number of confirmed cases is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks. Even in its early stages, the... READ MORE

Two Prominent Massachusetts Justices Pen Scathing Letter to ICE—Call Immigration Enforcement Agency’s Conduct an “Affront to Justice”

According to a report from the Boston Herald, two top judges in Massachusetts recently sent a public letter to U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) sharply criticizing the federal agency for detaining and deporting immigrants while local legal matters are still pending—without notifying local officials. Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ralph Gants... READ MORE

Massachusetts Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Sanctuary State Bill

As reported by CBS Boston, Massachusetts legislators recently held an important hearing regarding the possibility of becoming a sanctuary state. If passed into law, the Safe Communities Act would limit interactions between state and local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration officers. Additionally, the legislation also calls for an end to ‘287G Agreements’—through which state... READ MORE