Category: Immigrant Rights


Public Charge Rule Blocked →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In two landmark decisions issued on October 11, 2019, federal courts in Washington and New York have blocked the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attempt to impose a wealth requirement on immigration. The so-called "public charge” rule will not go into effect on October 15 thus leaving the status quo in place....

Economists, Sociologists Weigh In On DACA →

Immigrant Rights
IN SUPREME COURT BRIEF, LEADING SCHOLARS CONFIRM DACA BENEFITS IMMIGRANTS AND THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and the law firm of Outten & Golden LLP filed an amicus brief in the consolidated DACA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 14 prominent empirical scholars who study DACA and its effects. The...

Lawsuit Challenging Expedited Removal Immigration Policy →

Immigrant Rights
Civil Rights and Community Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Sweeping Expedited Removal Immigration Policy in Federal Court  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Ropes and Gray LLP filed a federal lawsuit in the District of Columbia challenging the Trump Administration’s unprecedented plan to subject thousands of immigrants to “expedited removal” – a process that...

Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Ropes & Gray Launches Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights Legal Fellowship Builds On Successful Pro Bono Partnership in Landmark Voting Rights Case Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the creation of the Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal...

Healthcare Advocates Combat Public Charge Rule in Federal Court →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights
Healthcare Advocates Combat Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule in Federal Court Continuing the battle against the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed an amicus brief on Friday in a pending lawsuit challenging the federal government’s unprecedented expansion of the public charge rule.  The brief highlights the significant harm...

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Immigrants With Medical Conditions →

Immigrant Rights
ACLU, Lawyers for Civil Rights file lawsuit to protect life-saving government program for immigrants with critical illnesses Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Irish International Immigrant Center The ACLU of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s abrupt termination of a government...

Driver’s Licenses For All →

Immigrant Rights
Under the leadership of the Brazilian Worker Center, Lawyers for Civil Rights testified at the Massachusetts State House in support of the Work and Family Mobility Act, proposed legislation that would make driver’s licenses available to all qualified state residents, regardless of immigration status. Many immigrants find it impossible to meet...

New Report Outlines Solutions To Migrant Crisis →

Immigrant Rights
New Report Outlines Policy Solutions To Address The Migrant Crisis Report Calls On Policymakers To Cease Funding Militarization In Central America A delegation of U.S. elected officials, immigrant rights advocates, community leaders, and legal experts traveled to Central America in mid-August to observe the political, economic, and social realities that...

Fact-Finding Delegation on Migrant Crisis →

Immigrant Rights
In Response to Migrant Crisis, Elected Officials and Community Leaders Join Fact-Finding Delegation to Central American Countries Today, a delegation of elected officials, community leaders, legal experts, and journalists are traveling to observe country conditions in Central America. The delegation will closely examine the conditions that are contributing to the...

The Migrant Crisis: Yes, You Can Help →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Editorial in the Boston Globe: "Through aggressive legal action, Lawyers for Civil Rights has repeatedly challenged the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration. For instance, the Boston-based organization has sued the federal government to get compensation for local families affected by the federal government’s child-separation policy last year. The nonprofit...

Immigration Raids / Redadas →

Immigrant Rights
Immigration raid tips: 1) Your home is your castle. You do not have to open the door unless ICE officers have a judicial warrant. To be clear, an administrative or immigration warrant is not sufficient. 2) You have the right to see the judicial warrant. Ask the ICE officers to...

HUD Will Render Immigrants Homeless →

Housing, Immigrant Rights
HUD's Proposed Rule Would Render Immigrants Homeless Lawyers for Civil Rights submitted comments in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) proposed rule on Verification of Eligible Status. If adopted, this proposed rule would cause undocumented members of mixed status families to lose access to...

Census Citizenship Question Gets Blocked →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
For Now, Census Citizenship Question Gets Blocked Handing civil rights and immigrants’ rights groups a victory, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled that the Trump Administration’s rationale for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census “seems to have been contrived,” and sent the matter back to the Commerce...

Federal Judge Blocks ICE Courthouse Arrests →

Immigrant Rights
In a case brought by Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and our allies, U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani today issued a Preliminary Injunction stopping U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on official business while they are going to, attending,...

Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts This op-ed by was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. It’s tempting, in the wake of the Mueller report and the onslaught of news stories about rogue aides and Russian corruption, to focus on scandalous elements of the Trump administration. But none of these scandals have...

Federal Lawsuit to Block Immigration Arrests in Courthouses →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Community Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Block Immigration Arrests in Courthouses Today, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and the Chelsea Collaborative filed a groundbreaking lawsuit demanding an end to federal immigration...

Keep The Citizenship Question Off The Census →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Mintz) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations and Boston-based groups in New York v. U.S. Department of Commerce, the case that will determine whether a citizenship question may...

Victory for Liberians. Trump Backs Down! →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
We just secured a major victory for our Liberian clients. Following our groundbreaking lawsuit, the Trump Administration is reversing course and extending humanitarian relief and protection for thousands of Liberian immigrants who faced imminent detention and deportation on March 31. This high-stakes case has garnered the support of ten Attorneys General from...