DeFranco: Incremental Measures Best Way to Reform Our Immigration System

Lowell Sun
By Marisa DeFranco
November 24, 2014

Full amnesty activists demand that President Barack Obama take executive action and instantly give relief from deportation to 5 million or more undocumented immigrants.

How did we get to the point where people who have broken the law are in a position to demand anything from the America?

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DeFranco: President’s Actions an Affront to this Country’s Rule of Law

The Lowell Sun
By Marisa DeFranco
November 22, 2014

In the aftermath of an election rout, Democrats and immigration-amnesty activists are clamoring for President Barack Obama to take executive action and grant work permits or extend even more benefits to 5 million or more undocumented immigrants.

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DeFranco: Terrorism doesn't just happen

The Salem News
By Marisa DeFranco
January 24, 2014

The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, was a terrorist act that was preventable, and our government utterly failed us on that awful day. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in particular failed to enforce specific current immigration laws and policies that would have stopped the bombers.

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Immigration After DOMA Podcast

Left Ahead!
August 13th, 2013

Immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco joined us today on how the court overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affects gay couples. She noted up front that civil rights are generally a long, hard slog, but this is one instance in which things changed dramatically for the better immediately. For the 17 years DOMA was in effect, immigration attorneys could not help same-sex couples seeking immigration into the US. Even when SSM became legal in 15 countries and over a dozen US states, she said she’d have to tell people, “I can’t help you.

Listen in as she describes how in the large part, the overturning of DOMA in the U.S. v. Windsor decision leveled the field. She also explains how some aspects are not yet equal, such as the arduous waiver process and often a 10-year ban same-sex couples face if the non-US-citizen became discouraged or overstayed a visa and returned overseas. Moreover, she points to the innate unfairness of how workers of H-1B visas could file to bring in their same-sex partner or spouse, while a US citizen was forbidden from doing so.

She could only give us 20 minutes, but we learned quite a bit. She also concluded with a warning for vigilance, for those who think this struggle is over.

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Dole Out Work Visas Fairly

Boston Herald
By Marisa DeFranco
February 2nd, 2013

This past week a bipartisan group of senators and the president put forth immigration reform proposals, and it seems they are all one big happy family. We all want more bipartisanship in Congress, but when it leads to both parties selling out the American people and no one speaking the truth, it is the worst of all possible worlds.

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Week in Review - 1.11.13 with Guest Immigration Attorney Marisa DeFranco

WGBH - Boston Public Radio, Week In Review, Hosted by Emily Rooney
January 11, 2013

The week ends the same way it began, with more questions and no answers on Sen. John Kerry's senate seat. Massachusetts will now consolidate 240 agencies into six regional offices instead. And former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau's posthumous brain examination. GUESTS: Immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco

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The Second Presidential Debate Examined

CBS Boston, Nightside with Dan Rea
October 16, 2012

BOSTON (CSB) - WBZ broadcast the second presidential debate! This “town hall” style debate was held at Hofstra University in New York was an interesting one, as average citizens asked President Obama and Romney questions….Here is NightSide after the debate where Marisa DeFranco and Adriana Cohen provided their reactions and breakdown of the debate with Dan. Originally broadcast October 16th, 2012.

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MSNBC Politics Nation with Reverend Al Sharpton
May 30, 2012

Marisa discusses her candidacy for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts Senate Race, Top Democrat has Rival

New York Times
May 27, 2012

The New York Times (Sunday edition, Section A) writes a profile of Marisa DeFranco and her bid for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts.

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Marisa Defranco and Her American Dream

June 28th, 2011

Immigation advocate/lawyer Marisa Defranco envisions the American dream for the newest among us. For herself, the dream includes becoming U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. She's going after Sen. Scott Brown, he of the high-end barn coat and pickup he bought to cater to his daughter's horse. She'll explain what she's about and how she figures to win.

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The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting their Own Firms
By Marisa DeFranco
Publication Date: 2011

Attorney DeFranco’s essay was published in The Road to Independence: 101 women’s journeys to starting their own firms. Her essay was one of the 101 chosen from women lawyers across the U.S.

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America Grants a Gay, Deaf Ugandan Asylum

LGBT Asylum News
By William Urich
March 13, 2011

Recently I traveled to the JFK Federal Building in Boston to appear as a witness on behalf of Kalisa*, who works with Connecticut PRIDE. Kalisa, a Ugandan citizen, petitioned for a stay of deportation and had requested US asylum. For some time now, I have been working with Kalisa's attorney, Marisa DeFranco, to keep the US government from sending Kalisaback to Uganda. We all know what happens there.

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