Category: Crimmigration

HIRC students win deportation relief for East African man

Though Massachusetts is far from the Southern border, many immigrants are still detained across the state. Until recently, one of those detainees was John*, a man who was tortured in his home country in East Africa. John ended up in detention because certain criminal convictions triggered the deportation process and eventually led his case to…
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Border patrol agents to have presence in Boston for immigration enforcement in coming

“‘It’s yet another example of the Trump administration using scare tactics on municipalities that don’t abide by detainers,’ Torrey said.”

Border Patrol Agents Being Deployed To Boston Area For Immigration Enforcement

Crimmigration Clinic Director and HIRC Managing Attorney Phil Torrey was featured on CBSN Boston segment, where he spoke about Border Patrol’s expansion into Boston.

Crimmigration Clinic wins BIA appeal

On December 31, 2019, the Crimmigration Clinic celebrated a victory on behalf of a client who had been detained for more than a year. Based on arguments submitted by the Clinic, the Board of Immigration Appeals (the Board) terminated removal proceedings against the client and released him from detention. “In spite of the injustices our…
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In recent years, four Mass. jails got $164 million in federal money to house ICE detainees

“Philip L. Torrey, managing attorney for Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, said that immigration detention has not always been a part of the country’s immigration enforcement system. ‘It’s concerning that in just the last few decades it has become the centerpiece of immigration enforcement system,’ said Torrey.”

Report by Harvard Law School Crimmigration Clinic Highlights Millions of Mass. Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Immigration Detention Without Accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/26/2020  A new report authored by the Harvard Law School Crimmigration Clinic reveals an accounting system across Massachusetts county sheriff offices that fails to fully and transparently account for costs incurred for providing federal agencies with immigration detention services. The report’s findings call into question assertions by some sheriffs who claim that…
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Justices Urged To OK Circuit Court Review Of Removal Orders

On December 16th, HIRC joined various law professors, former immigration judges, and legal service providers in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Crimmigration Clinic applauds Ninth Circuit en banc decision

The Crimmigration Clinic is thrilled to share the recent en banc decision from the Ninth Circuit, which overturns an incorrectly decided case from seven years ago. The decision ensures that noncitizens pursuing forms of immigration relief do not have prior criminal records unfairly manipulated to prevent them from receiving the immigration relief they are entitled…
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Learning Key Litigation Skills in the Crimmigration Clinic

Crimmigration students Lyla Wasz-Piper, J.D. ’19 and Kaela Athay, J.D. ’19 reflect on their time in the Clinic.

Upcoming events in April

We are starting off spring with a series of lunch talks through the month of April. Lunch will be provided at all events so please come eat, discuss, and learn! “Recapturing a Decade of Fighting for Refugee Rights in Israel” Friday, April 5th from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in WCC 3016 This lunch talk…
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