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March 22, 2022
In this issue:
  • Thank you to the George Lucas Fund!
  • A-"10"-tion, NEJFON Supporters
  • Federal Policy Updates: Title 42 and TPS
  • Did You Know?

Thank you to the George Lucas Fund!

New England Justice for Our Neighbors gratefully announces our receipt of a generous two-year grant from the George Lucas Fund.

The George Lucas Fund supports organizations who work "for the benefit of the needy, the ill and the poor including the working poor."  Readers of this newsletter are already familiar with our clients' challenges, including lack of work authorizations, limited access to social services, and poverty (whether they are able to work or not).

This generous grant will support both our programmatic and our infrastructure goals over these next two years, allowing New England JFON to strengthen our foundation while also improving our services to clients.  We look forward to this new partnership, which will allow us to better serve our immigrant neighbors.

A-"10"-tion, NEJFON Supporters

Our first campaign of the year, "10 for 10," is off to a great start, with over $4,000 of our $10,000 match already achieved. 

As outlined in our kick-off announcement, we are seeking supporters willing to become monthly donors at a level of at least $10 each month, in honor of our 10th year of service.  To encourage your participation, our affiliate, National Justice for Our Neighbors, will match each eligible donation for the rest of this year, up to a total of $10,000.

With this generous match, a monthly donation of $10 starting this month will lead to a total of $200 to New England Justice for Our Neighbors for immigrant justice.

Please donate now for the maximum match and maximum benefit for immigrants.  Simply click here or on the "10 for 10" icon below to be taken to our campaign donation site.

Federal Policy Updates: Title 42 and TPS

Many of you will recall that Title 42, "Remain in Mexico," is a two-year old US policy that turns potential asylum seekers away at the border before they can apply, breaking both US law and international treaties.  Migrants are forced to wait in Mexico, where they suffer brutality and untenable living conditions.  Almost 10,000 people have died from this arrangement since the beginning of the Biden administration.

On March 4, two federal courts issued somewhat contradictory rulings regarding the legality of Title 42.  One ruling. in D.C., significantly restricts the government's expulsion of migrant families.  The other ruling, in Texas, forbids the Biden administration's practice of exempting unaccompanied minors from Title 42, forcing them to "Remain in Mexico" as well.  Title 42 is partially determined by the CDC, and on March 11, the CDC terminated the applicability of Title 42 to unaccompanied minors to save them from further abuses in Mexico.  At this moment, Title 42 still applies to some migrant families and to adults without children.

The Welcome with Dignity campaign has put together a succinct description of where Title 42 stands since the two recent court rulings and what its effects have been to date.  You can read the entire document here.  For further updates and to learn about ways to advocate for the complete termination of Title 42, join the Welcome with Dignity campaign here.

Meanwhile, just yesterday, excellent news came out of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  A prior path to permanent residency for many Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries had been blocked by the Trump administration.  This path will now be restored, allowing TPS beneficiaries to apply for more-reliable status that will not depend on future TPS rulings.

Did You Know?

In 2021, despite the pandemic, we were able to serve 120 new clients, taking 24 on as full representation cases and providing valuable legal advice to the rest.  In addition, we closed 42 cases from prior years and continued to work on 96 existing cases.  We are proud to be making a difference in so many immigrants' lives.



For more information about New England JFON, please visit our website.

We welcome volunteers of all skill levels to join our team.  Click here to view volunteer opportunities and indicate your interest.

We appreciate and welcome your support of our mission and our clients. To make a financial contribution, please donate here. You may also send contributions to the address below. Thank you for your support! 
New England Justice for Our Neighbors
421 Common Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478
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