Category Archives: IAC In The News

‘A lot of questions’: SouthCoast groups hurry to help with DACA renewals

‘A lot of questions’: SouthCoast groups hurry to help with DACA renewals

NEW BEDFORD — The Immigrants’ Assistance Center is set to host a DACA information and renewal session and two other community organizations are also available for renewal assistance. “We’re trying to get as many applications through as possible,” said Helena DaSilva Hughes, executive director of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center. While the center has been doing… Continue Reading

Hundreds of Portuguese ‘Dreamers’ in legal limbo

Hundreds of Portuguese ‘Dreamers’ in legal limbo

It is hard to know numerically how many Portuguese could face deportation due to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — a reprieve for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — but immigrant advocates who have provided support to some of them say there are… Continue Reading

‘To us, this is home:’ SouthCoast residents under DACA fear for their futures

‘To us, this is home:’ SouthCoast residents under DACA fear for their futures

Pricilla Gamboa, 21, lives in Fairhaven, goes to Bristol Community College and volunteers. Luis Gomez, 27, has his driver’s license, graduated from Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech and is in a five-year electrician apprenticeship program. Yet Gamboa and Gomez have more in common than their commitment to charting a solid course for themselves. Both were brought… Continue Reading

Evento de angariação de fundos para o Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante reúne mais de 200 pessoas; rende $30 mil

Evento de angariação de fundos para o Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante reúne mais de 200 pessoas; rende $30 mil

NEW BEDFORD — Uma angariação de fundos realizada no passado dia 10 de Agosto a favor do Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante reuniu mais de 200 pessoas e rendeu cerca de $30 mil para programas destinados a ajudar a comunidade imigrante a superar barreiras culturais e linguÍsticas e a integrar-se na sociedade americana. “De modo… Continue Reading

IAC, AMI working together to help deportees

IAC, AMI working together to help deportees

NEW BEDFORD — Portuguese citizens who are deported from the United States will now have a new program to offer them support and services once they arrive in their native country, according to Immigrants’ Assistance Center Executive Director Helena da Silva Hughes. The IAC will be working with AMI — a Portuguese non-governmental humanitarian organization… Continue Reading

Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante acolhe cerimónia de naturalização

Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante acolhe cerimónia de naturalização

NEW BEDFORD — Maria Medeiros deixou-se dominar pela emoção, não conseguindo controlar as lágrimas de alegria após se ter tornado cidadã norte-americana, numa cerimónia de naturalização que teve lugar na passada sexta-feira, no Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante em New Bedford. “Estou cheia de alegria,” salientou Medeiros, enquanto recebia beijos e abraços de parabéns. A… Continue Reading

A massive ICE raid in this town didn’t stop undocumented labor — or illegal immigration

A massive ICE raid in this town didn’t stop undocumented labor — or illegal immigration

The traffic blockade was ready. The vans and buses were standing by. The agents told the mayor and the Department of Social Services. And then they stormed the factory. It was March 6, 2007, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Immigration officials raided the Michael Bianco leather factory, a defense contractor that hired hundreds of undocumented workers… Continue Reading

New Bedford Fishery Workers Spooked By Rumors Of Impending Immigration Raid

New Bedford Fishery Workers Spooked By Rumors Of Impending Immigration Raid

Rumors have been circulating for months on the docks of New Bedford. Workers have been hearing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are coming.  Jon Mitchell, New Bedford’s Harvard-educated mayor, told WGBH News, “It’s hard to tell whether some of those reports are apocryphal or whether they reflect an actual enforcement initiative, but either way it’s… Continue Reading