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Tufts University Takes Unconventional Stand to Provide Education to Undocumented Students

The Boston Globe reported this week that Tufts University announced a plan to recruit and provide 100% financial assistance to undocumented immigrants who are admitted to the university. The plan demonstrates a deep compassion for children who brought to the U.S. at very young ages, grew up in the U.S., excelled in school, and upon graduation face the bleak reality that without immigration status, their options for education and employment are severely limited, if not non-existent. Opponents of Tufts’ plan point out that many U.S. citizens and/or documented immigrants face enormous challenges in financing education at private secondary institutions. 

What are your thoughts on this complex dilemma? 

Boston and Cambridge Challenge the Court Injunction Against DACA & DAPA

The temporary court decision to block President Obama’s immigration programs have been challenged by over 70 municipal leaders nationwide. Recently, Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh and the City of Cambridge joined to challenge the injunction against DAPA and DACA, proposed by President Obama to help long-time immigrant residents of the U.S. obtain basic immigration status.

Nationwide local leaders indicate that: “Local officials witness every day the contributions that immigrants make to their neighborhoods and communities, as well as the harms that result from keeping long-time residents of those neighborhoods and communities in the shadows due to their immigration status.”

Very Helpful Practice Advisory on Inspection, Entry and Admission

In this recently issued practice update below, the American Immigration Council summarizes a case where an individual who entered without inspection, clarifies the meaning of admission in different circumstances and discusses possible immigration consequences.
For more information about this practice advisory please visit the American Immigration Council website.

March 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Immigration Council is pleased to release an updated version of its practice advisory Inspection, Entry and Admission. This Practice Advisory has been updated to include a summary of arguments to be made on behalf of an individual who entered without inspection, subsequently was granted Temporary Protected Status, and now seeks to adjust his or her status. The basis for this argument—and for the court decisions which have adopted it—is that a grant of TPS satisfies the requirement in the adjustment statute that the applicant has been “admitted” to the U.S.

The advisory also discusses of the meaning of “admission” in three frequently encountered situations: when an individual is “waved through” a port of entry with no questions asked; when an individual gains entry through a misrepresentation; and when an individual gains entry by making a false claim to U.S. citizenship. With respect to each, the advisory addresses whether an admission has occurred; what the noncitizen’s status is upon entry; what possible immigration consequences there are to such an entry; and what impact this type of entry may have on a DACA application.

Attorney Ellen Sullivan Quote in the Daily Beast

The Daily Beast quoted Attorney Ellen Sullivan in a story about removal proceedings against Mustafa Ozseferoglu, a co-worker/acquaintance of the Boston Marathon bombers. In short, Attorney Sullivan stated that Mr. Ozseferoglu’s immigration case would be extremely difficult without any association–innocent or not– with the Marathon bombers. That is, in a “cancellation of removal” case such at Mr. Ozseferoglu’s case, the burden on the immigrant is extremely—almost unreasonably–high. With the specter of an illicit association with the alleged perpetrators of the Boston marathon tragedy, Mr. Ozseferoglu and his attorney face considerable challenges to successfully arguing that the United States should grant Mr. Ozseferoglu lawful status in this country.

US Government Tries to Continue expanded-DACA and DAPA roll-out despite injunction

A Texas federal district court issued an injunction against the US government from implementing its expanded-DACA and new DAPA programs. In response, the US governmentn filed an emergency request to stay that injunction. If the US’s order is granted, then it would be able to begin to receive expanded-DACA applications.

AILA maintains frequent updates about this issue. Check out AILA’s website for more information about this issue and other immigration issues.

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