Irish Pastoral Centre staff is being inundated with calls from summer students who face a dire housing situation this summer. Cases we have become aware of include young immigrants sleeping on buses, at the airport, ‘couch surfing’ or even at place of work!
We are appealing to the greater community to help us find housing for some of these students. High rents are excluding some young people from being housed safely, which may lead to bigger issues while away from ‘home’.
If you can house any students, we would greatly appreciate a call at our office 617-265-5300 ask for Kathleen.
J1 Students are strongly encouraged to remain in contact with their sponsors about issues such as housing. This is an important part of the J1 program to ensure the welfare of the students
CIEE 1-888-268-6245 or Interexchange (800) 621-1202.
The Irish Pastoral Centre is extremely disappointed with the announcement by the U.S. Supreme
Court of its 4-4 decision in the United States vs. Texas case.
As a result of this vote, DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent
Residents) and the expansion of DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs
announced by President Obama in 2014, remain blocked by a lower court’s order. This means
that people cannot apply for these programs.
The vote means that thousands of Irish immigrants across the U.S. who hoped to participate in
the Deferred Action programs remain without status to live in constant fear of removal from the
Undocumented Irish devastated by decision
One young undocumented Irish mother said today that she is “devastated” by the news. She
would have been eligible for status if DAPA was allowed to proceed. She had attended IPC
legal & immigration clinics to prepare for the application process.
We acknowledge the stress and anxiety caused to immigrant families as our opponents’ efforts
continue to block DAPA and DACA. We want immigrant families to know we are here for
them. We offer one to one counseling as well as legal and immigration which is advice is
available each month at our legal clinics.
We will continue to advocate for the introduction of these programs. We will do so in alliance
with other Irish centers and immigrant advocacy groups across the U.S.