Panel on immigration reform focuses on women and families

By Anna Tse

 

Congresswoman Katherine Clark held a panel on immigration reform at Cambridge College on July 21. The six other panelists were immigration experts who shed light on the impact of immigration reform on children and families.

 國會議員Katherine Clark(左一)於7月21日邀請了六位對移民問題有資深了解的專業人士:(從左二至右) Greater Boston Legal Services的移民律師Gerald Wall、MIRA Coalition的Eva Millona、Transition House的Ester Serra Luque、Community Legal Services and Counseling Center的Lauren Shebairo、Greater Boston Legal Services的勞委律師Brian Flynn及 Greater Boston Legal Services的家庭律師Tram Nguyen,一起與市民討論對移民政策的看法。(圖片由謝腕君提供。) 國會議員Katherine Clark(左一)於7月21日邀請了六位對移民問題有資深了解的專業人士:(從左二至右) Greater Boston Legal Services的移民律師Gerald Wall、MIRA Coalition的Eva Millona、Transition House的Ester Serra Luque、Community Legal Services and Counseling Center的Lauren Shebairo、Greater Boston Legal Services的勞委律師Brian Flynn及 Greater Boston Legal Services的家庭律師Tram Nguyen,一起與市民討論對移民政策的看法。(圖片由謝腕君提供。) 國會議員Katherine Clark(左一)於7月21日邀請了六位對移民問題有資深了解的專業人士:(從左二至右) Greater Boston Legal Services的移民律師Gerald Wall、MIRA Coalition的Eva Millona、Transition House的Ester Serra Luque、Community Legal Services and Counseling Center的Lauren Shebairo、Greater Boston Legal Services的勞委律師Brian Flynn及 Greater Boston Legal Services的家庭律師Tram Nguyen,一起與市民討論對移民政策的看法。(圖片由謝腕君提供。) 國會議員Katherine Clark(左一)於7月21日邀請了六位對移民問題有資深了解的專業人士:(從左二至右) Greater Boston Legal Services的移民律師Gerald Wall、MIRA Coalition的Eva Millona、Transition House的Ester Serra Luque、Community Legal Services and Counseling Center的Lauren Shebairo、Greater Boston Legal Services的勞委律師Brian Flynn及 Greater Boston Legal Services的家庭律師Tram Nguyen,一起與市民討論對移民政策的看法。(圖片由謝腕君提供。) 國會議員Katherine Clark(左一)於7月21日邀請了六位對移民問題有資深了解的專業人士:(從左二至右) Greater Boston Legal Services的移民律師Gerald Wall、MIRA Coalition的Eva Millona、Transition House的Ester Serra Luque、Community Legal Services and Counseling Center的Lauren Shebairo、Greater Boston Legal Services的勞委律師Brian Flynn及 Greater Boston Legal Services的家庭律師Tram Nguyen,一起與市民討論對移民政策的看法。(圖片由謝腕君提供。) Congresswoman Katherine Clark (first left) held a discussion on immigration reform at Cambridge College on July 21. Other panelists included (second left to right) Gerald Wall of Greater Boston Legal Services, Eva Millona of MIRA Coalition, Ester Serra Luque of Transition House, Lauren Shebairo of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Brian Flynn of Greater Boston Legal Services and Tram Nguyen of Greater Boston Legal Services. (Image courtesy of Anna Tse.)

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (first left) held a discussion on immigration reform at Cambridge College on July 21. Other panelists included (second left to right) Gerald Wall of Greater Boston Legal Services, Eva Millona of MIRA Coalition, Ester Serra Luque of Transition House, Lauren Shebairo of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Brian Flynn of Greater Boston Legal Services and Tram Nguyen of Greater Boston Legal Services. (Image courtesy of Anna Tse.)

One topic was Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to house up to 1,000 unaccompanied children for four months, who are currently being detained at the U.S. border. Most of the children have fled drug violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“I support Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to work with federal officials to find ways to help the children caught up in this urgent humanitarian crisis,” Clark said. “No matter one’s politics, we should all be able to agree that these children need a safe, secure location where they can receive the care they need in the short term and access to legal representation to determine which children are refugees.”

More than 80 individuals attended the event. Some expressed a desire to help, including naturalized citizens who emigrated from other countries.

Since 2013, more than 57,000 children have crossed into the country over the southern border.

“While these children are in U.S. custody, we must ensure the agencies responsible for their care have the resources they need, and that the costs associated with this care are not borne by the states that extend a hand to help,” Clark said.

Patrick said the federal government would cover all expenses for the children. Military base Camp Edwards in Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee both offered to house these children, but only one of the two sites will take them in.

“Pushing for immigration reform is important for everyone, both legal and illegal immigrants, because it will give a sense of security to immigrant communities,” said panelist Tram Nguyen from Greater Boston Legal Services.

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  1. I am an immigrant (now naturalized US Citizen). Immigrants are LPR’s (Legal Permanent Residents). Immigrants are legal by the definition of the term. Please don’t refer to people who violated our immigration laws immigrants. It is not true. We waited in a refugee camp to enter legally, learned English, and obeyed US laws. Please don’t slur my family and other immigrants by associating us with those foreign nationals who violate our laws

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