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Author: Donna Kassin

Becker & Associates, P.A. > Articles posted by Donna Kassin

Congress Needs To Hold ICE Accountable for Abuses

When Karah de Oliveira and her husband, Fabiano, showed up at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, they expected to have an interview about their marriage, the first part of an application for a green card. Fabiano has lived in the U.S. since 2005 and the two have a 5-year-old son together. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement had other ideas. ICE arrested Fabiano, who became one of many members of our communities who have been arrested while...

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The truth about DACA Dreamers

  What are the facts about "Dreamers"? There is a particularly fraudulent meme floating around the Internet, which cites extremely dubious statistics to convince readers that the young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers" are a detriment to society. The meme seemingly cites accurate statistics to dispute the claim that so-called "Dreamers" have had a positive impact on American society. According to Snopes, it is MOSTLY FALSE. You can read their report in the link below. However, the next time...

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Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions Inside Courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are now going into federal, state, and local courtrooms to make arrests. According to a new ICE directive issued January 10, 2018: "ICE civil immigration enforcement actions inside courthouses include actions against specific, targeted aliens with criminal convictions, gang members, national security or public safety threats, aliens who have been ordered removed from the United States but have failed to depart, and aliens who have re-entered the country illegally after being...

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Deportations Of Noncriminals Rise As ICE Casts Wider Net

WASHINGTON — The number of immigrants deported from the interior of the U.S. who had no criminal convictions nearly tripled during President Donald Trump’s first fiscal year as president, as he carried out his promise to ramp up enforcement on the undocumented population. The Trump administration insisted on Tuesday that agents are still focused on criminals, even though the president eliminated policies from the previous administration that instructed agents to prioritize some immigrants over others. A majority of immigrants...

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TV: Fresh Off the Boat: Randall Park on humanizing the immigrant experience

Although Randall Park calls Fresh Off the Boat ultimately “just a fun, heartfelt show,” he emphasizes the importance of simultaneously shining light on the immigrant experience. “I think it’s really important right now, especially in today’s climate, to be able to humanize the immigrant experience [and] to present immigrant characters and an Asian-American family in a multi-faceted way,” he told EW. “Everyone can find something that they identify with when they watch our show. But at the same time,...

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Supreme Court lets full Trump travel ban take effect

The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the newest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect pending appeal. This is the first time justices have allowed any edition of the ban to go forward in its entirety. It signals that some of the justices might be distinguishing the latest version from previous iterations and could be more likely, in the future, to rule in favor of the ban. Issued in September, the third edition...

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Mexican Bride Marries American Groom During Rare Opening Of Border Gate

A heavy metal gate at the U.S.–Mexican border temporarily became a bridge Saturday when a Mexican woman married her American fiancé. The gate, known as the “Door of Hope,” is inside Friendship Park, a small strip of land on the border near San Diego and Tijuana where families from both countries can chat with each other through the fence’s heavy screen, according to the Los Angeles Times. The park is only open for a few hours each weekend, and the...

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Haitian quake victims in the U.S. will lose deportation protection in 2019

"After years of being shielded from deportation from the United States while their disaster-prone country continues to recover from its devastating 2010 earthquake, tens of thousands of Haitians will now lose that safeguard. The special deportation protection known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, will be revoked for as many as 59,000 Haitians living and working in Miami and across the U.S., Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke announced Monday. The protection will permanently terminate...

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