Tag Archives: Immigration

We Just Sued Trump to Protect You and Your Neighbors

“Boston must become a testing ground for the ideals of freedom.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965) Legal Challenge to Trump Administration’s “Sanctuary Jurisdiction” Executive Order Goodwin, a leading Global 50 law firm, and civil rights advocates Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice today filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration on behalf of

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Travel Ban Targets Seven Muslim Countries

The federal government has closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, and temporarily suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. On February 3, 2017, WGBH’s Basic Black discussed the legal and policy implications of the travel ban with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson; Abdirahman

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Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges

Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges The federal government has all but abandoned its commitment to enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws. The federal government is impeding progress in voting rights and police accountability cases. Right now,  immigrants and refugees are being detained and interrogated in airports. Overnight, we’ve had to create a shield to

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Fighting Local Immigration Enforcement in Bristol and Plymouth Counties

This week, the sheriffs of Bristol and Plymouth counties in Massachusetts agreed to enforce federal immigration officials. In an era of scarce resources, it is fiscally irresponsible to divert local resources and funds to federal immigration enforcement. When state and local police are co-opted into federal immigration enforcement, the public will associate police with immigration.

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Lawyers’ Committee Testifies in Support of Boston’s Municipal ID

On October 27, 2016, Attorney Sophia Hall of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice testified in the Boston City Council in support of creating a “Boston OneCard” Municipal ID. The testimony appears below. Testimony in Support of Boston OneCard ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice is a legal organization

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

LCCR celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with Get Konnected, El Mundo, ALPFA Boston, MassVOTE, Conexion Latino, and the Mexican Consulate at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston on September 29, 2015. As part of the celebration, LCCR’s Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal addressed the growing importance of Latino representation and inclusion in a dynamic panel discussion.

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USCIS Grants Citizenship Application

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has just granted an application for naturalization that we filed in July  on behalf of a 57 year old Cape Verdean woman who entered the United States five years ago with her husband and three children. The application included a request that the citizenship test be waived because

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