Category: State & Local

Immigration Legal Clinic Flyer

Upcoming immigration legal clinic in Somerville/Clinica legal de inmigración en Somerville

Our Program is partnering with SomerViva and the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative for our next legal clinic, which will be held on Thursday, October 29th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Para información en español, haz un clic aquí. To register for the clinic, email Francia Reyes at or call 617-625-6600 with the following extensions:…
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Federal immigration office reopens: 7,000 residents waiting to take citizenship oath

“‘Our concern is that due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, USCIS will likely only be able to naturalize a handful of individuals at each ceremony,’ said Sameer Ahmed, clinical instructor at the Harvard program. ‘Given that the federal court previously held large-scale oath ceremonies for hundreds of individuals, we believe that the agency’s current effort will be unable to resolve the significant…
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With Oath Ceremonies Backlogged, U.S. Citizenship Benefits Are Out Of Reach For Thousands Of Mass. Residents

“Sameer Ahmed, an attorney and clinical instructor with Harvard’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, estimates nearly 7,000 Massachusetts residents — and more than 100,000 people nationwide — are still waiting to take the citizenship oath.”

HIRC and Project Citizenship Urge Federal Court To Conduct Naturalization Oath Ceremonies for Massachusetts’ Aspiring Americans

This morning, Project Citizenship and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program sent a letter to Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor and Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts requesting that the Court begin taking steps to ensure that as many Massachusetts residents as possible are able to…
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HIRC co-signs letter on ICE’s Boston Enforcement and Removal Operations response to COVID-19

Recently, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) joined the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Prisoners Legal Services of Massachusetts in submitting a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local county sheriffs/wardens of the jails that contract with ICE, urging them to release immigrants in ICE custody in light of the ongoing…
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Supporting immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis

(Espanol abajo) The COVID-19 pandemic has put extraordinary strains on individuals across the Commonwealth. While this crisis has affected all members of our community in some capacity, it has created unique obstacles for immigrant families and workers. To that end, we have compiled a growing list of resources for those in need and those looking…
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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.

Despite fears of raids, community advocates say now is the time for immigrants to step into Massachusetts courts

“John Willshire Carrera, co-managing director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services, passed out copies of the preliminary injunction during a ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop last week at the Chelsea Collaborative. ‘I think it’s important for people to know what their rights are, especially at this moment when people are…
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HIRC Shares Resources for Immigrants Affected by ICE Raids

In anticipation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) plans to step up immigration enforcement beginning this weekend, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) has posted a series of resources for affected Massachusetts residents. This includes information about immigrants’ legal rights, as well as resources for finding an attorney. “It’s important to remember…
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