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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NightSide - Adriana Cohen and Marisa DeFranco Discuss Gun Control

CBS Boston, Nightside with Dan Rea
February 15th, 2013

BOSTON (CBS) - The gun control debate has been raging across the country since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, but the conversation is often dominated by male voices. Tonight, Marisa DeFranco and Adriana Cohen sit down with Dan to talk about their perspectives on the issue. We all agree that we must do what we can to curb violent crime and unnecessary loss of life, but there are different views on how to best accomplish that goal. To solve common problems, we need common solutions, and that starts with honest and open conversation. As the discussion moves along, Dan and the ladies will address peripheral issues as well, such as violence in the media, violent video games, toy guns, and guns in schools.

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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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AARP Talk The Vote At Franklin Pierce College

CBS Boston, Nightside with Dan Rea
November 1, 2012

BOSTON (CBS) - The candidates are back on the campaign trail. Dan and the expert panel talk about what to look for as the candidates hit the home stretch, what to watch for on election night, and who they think has the advantage as we approach Tuesday. Originally broadcast November 1st, 2012.

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AARP Talk The Vote Springfield

CBS Boston, Nightside with Dan Rea
October 24 2012

BOSTON (CBS) - On the heels of the final presidential debate, NightSide is on the road again to bring you the next installment of our WBZ AARP Talk The Vote 2012 series! Dan is joined by NightSide Debate Analysts Adriana Cohen and Marisa DeFranco, as well as AARP National President Rob Romasco. The panel looks at how the final debate could change momentum, and what to look for in the remaining two weeks before the election. Originally broadcast October 24th, 2012.

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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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30 Issues Discussion: Immigration

WGBH News - Boston Public Radio, Hosted by Callie Crossley
October 17, 2012

Immigration may not be the hottest hot-button election issue, but it's been a point of contention in races up and down the ticket. As part of our election series 30 Issues in 30 Days, Callie Crossley looks at what effect immigration policy will have on this election, and what we can expect to see after votes are cast - whether it's an expansion of the DREAM Act, tighter border security, immigrant quotas, worker verification or maybe all of these. GUESTS: Marisa DeFranco, immigration attorney.

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Week in Review - 10.5.12

WGBH - Boston Public Radio, Politics As Usual, Hosted by Emily Rooney
October 5, 2012

It's been a heavy week for politicos, candidates and fact checkers…hitting a high point with Wednesday’s presidential throw-down. Mitt Romney came out looking surprisingly strong, and he now has President Obama in damage-control mode. And moving away from politics, it was lights out for the Bobby Valentine era when the Red Sox unceremoniously kicked him to the curb yesterday via tweet, and other social media are buzzing over a Wisconsin television anchor who used her bully pulpit to make a statement about bullying and obesity. Guests include: Marisa DeFranco, immigration attorney

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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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Is Immigration Missing from the Presidential Campaigns?

WGBH - Boston Public Radio - All Things Considered
Commentary by Boston Public Radio Staff
Monday August 22nd, 2012

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Politics, As Usual; Marketplace Check-in; Racial Profiling at Logan

WGBH - Boston Public Radio with Emily Rooney
Monday August 13th, 2012

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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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Gender asylum: Bringing the Law into the 21st Century February 2010

Are You an Entrepreneur? The U.S. Has Got a Deal For You March 15, 2013

Nothing Freezes Business Like Ice - Are You I-9 Compliant? March 8, 2013

Is Your Company Ready For 21st Century Immigration? March 1, 2013

Mass Bar Assocation - Getting Your Client Back into Court December 2010

American Competitiveness in the 21st Century

The Salem Evening News: Online Edition February 28, 2002

International Student Travel Advisory


Educational Forum on Immigration Reform:

Constitutional Rights and the Financial Impact

of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Consumers

Hosted by the South Shore Democratic Caucus
Key Note Speaker, Marisa DeFranco,
Immigration Attorney and former candidate for U.S. Senate
Saturday March 2, 2013, 12pm to 2pm
Paul Pratt Library
35 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA

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Marisa DeFranco on the Constitution and Immigration as well as children's rights to attend school

Marisa Defranco on Immigrant Rights and Economic Issues