>>   DHS issued a detailed press release explaining Pres Biden’s announced a plan to grant humanitarian parole to 30,000 a month to Cubans ,Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelan’s SEE: and SEE ALSO additional information at National News citations below.
>> Politico reported on Jan 5, 2023 that the Biden Administration plans to grant humanitarian parole to 30,000 migrants a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela    In a rare White House address on the nation’s southern border crisis, President Joe Biden unveiled the new policy that also will crack down on those who fail to use the plan’s legal pathways. SEE:   In the meantime several Democratic senators are upset with the plan, reported The Hill. SEE:

 >> Measuring Impact of Immigrants on Innovation. Marketplace reports  that although most economists, business leaders, and heads of organizations understand the critical role of immigration in innovation and technological advances in the United States, the importance of highly skilled immigrants in this sector is greatly under-appreciated. “If you’re having skilled immigrants coming in here and bringing in their ideas, and they’re working with innovators who are native-born, everyone sees the benefit, particularly the U.S. economy,” Senior Economics Contributor Chris Farrell says.  SEE:

>> On January 10th  Esquire published an article entitled, “ Supreme Court Lets Odious ‘Public Charge’ Rule Die a Well-Deserved Death”  SEE:   .  Good riddance!
>> ICYMI:  The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts is ending an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that gave deputies the authority to enforce federal immigration laws.
 SEE the AP report at:

>> A friend sent me the following email:
            You may know that a wonderful family has been living with us for the past few weeks. Wendia, Ricardeau, and baby Bryan (15 months old) recently entered the country on humanitarian parole. They originally came from Haiti and have been living in Brazil for the past 4 years. They’ve come to the U.S. in search of medical care for Wendia and a better future for Bryan. Wendia’s brother, Tebob, recently joined them in the U.S. to help support them during Wendia’s treatment. (XXX) befriended Wendia’s family 10+ years ago when he spent time in Haiti after the earthquake. He has helped them find an apartment in Dedham which they hope to move into this week. They are in need of furnishings, winter clothing, and other basics.  I’m reaching out to see if you might have any of the items onthe attached spreadsheet  that you could donate. If so, please mark your name and contact info on the sheet, and indicate if you need us to pick it up. …. If you can drop stuff at our house, all the better.  It’s a privilege to live among such a generous community of friends and neighbors and to be able to help this deserving family. Thanks for helping to get them off to a good start in the U.S.  Contact Vicki Krupp ( ) 617-312-3396. SEE: List below
            Thank you so much for offering to share this list. The family is finally in their apartment in Dedham although they do not yet have working heat. Very frustrating. I’m heading over there later today to see about what can be done. I don’t know what people do who have language barriers and who don’t have friends to advocate on their behalf.
 Anyway, I’ve pasted below the list of items the family currently needs. I’m concerned that I won’t have the bandwidth to handle emails/messages from those who want to donate. I’m already at my limit. Perhaps you can say: “If you have an item to donate, please send an email to Vicki at by Friday, 1/20 with a description of the item, and indicate if you will be able to drop off the item in Needham. Vicki will respond to all emails during the week of 1/23.” 

 Item Needed Amount Size
** high priority item      sofa **  3-cushion size
paring knife   electric kettle   area rug  5×7 or bigger
small, light vacuum cleaner   dryer (with gas hookup)   tablet for toddler   cellphones (unlocked) 3  boots (for Wendia)  women’s size 9
warm jacket (for Ricardeau)  men’s M
boots (for Ricardeau)  men’s size 10
warm jacket (for Tebob)  men’s M
hat, gloves, scarf (for Tebob)   boots (for Tebob)  men’s size 10
toddler jacket  size 3 years
toddler shoes   size 2 years
assorted clothing (shirts, pants, sweaters, etc.)  size 2-3

Have a safe week,Gerry Rovner