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Aug 26, 2021

84 Mayors from across the Nation Have Called on Congress and the President to Pass Immigration Reforms

Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mayor Paige Cognetti, along with 83 other mayors from across the nation, sent a letter to President Joe Biden; Vice President Kamala Harris; U.S. Senate Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-NY; and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA. The letter urges Congress to make swift immigration reforms, considering the economic benefits of legalizing immigrants and the acute labor shortage. » Read More

Aug 13, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Court Allows NJ to Restrict Police Cooperation with Immigration Officials; Pathway to Permanent Residence Included with Senate Budget Resolution; Biden Orders ICE Officer Not to Detain Crime Victims, Those Assisting Police

Federal Court Upholds New Jersey Attorney General’s Ban on Providing Information to Federal Agencies

On Monday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals – which retains jurisdiction over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware – upheld the 2018 directive of former New Jersey Attorney General Gubrir Grewal to limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration agencies. » Read More

Aug 12, 2021

New York and New Jersey Legalize Recreational Marijuana: Still, Immigrants Might Face Risks

On July 15, New York legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older. The bill allows possession of up to three ounces of cannabis for recreational use, or 24 grams of concentrated cannabis from plants. New Jersey legalized recreational marijuana use in December 2020, authorizing the use of six ounces of cannabis. » Read More

Aug 03, 2021

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania: Massage Parlor Owner Faces Deportation after Human Trafficking Plea

Hui Xu, a 46-year-old Chinese national and owner of a massage parlor in Mt. Pleasant, pled guilty to a human trafficking charge in late 2019. Now she moves to revoke the guilty plea, stating that she did not understand English and her previous criminal attorney failed to have a translator during their plea deal. » Read More

Jul 23, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New DACA Applications Halted, With Biden Promising Appeal; Protesters Block Newark ICE Office, Objecting to Continued Deportation

New DACA Ruling Suspends New Applications for Dreamers; Biden Vows to Appeal Decision

In a lengthy opinion, United States District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs federal rulemaking. » Read More

Jul 20, 2021

York County Prison in Pennsylvania Stops All Immigrant Detention

After nearly three decades, the York County Prison will no longer detain immigrants who face deportation proceedings. This move was applauded by many immigrant advocates, who have strongly felt that detainees can face removal proceedings without being detained. The decision to close the detention center was caused by a budgetary issue. » Read More

May 07, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Landlord Sues Elizabeth, New Jersey, Detention Center; USCIS Agrees to Speed Up Employment Applications for Spouses of Temporary Workers; Federal Court Grants Immigration Judges More Power to Close Removal Cases

New Jersey ICE Detention Center Sued Over Dangerous Conditions

This week, the owner of a property currently being used as an immigration detention facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit against CoreCivic, the company that maintains the prison. The lawsuit alleges that CoreCivic violated the conditions of its tenancy by failing to follow applicable regulations instituted to stop the spread of COVID-19 among its inmates. » Read More

Apr 30, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Supreme Court Decision Expands Relief for Thousands of Immigrants Facing Deportation; New Jersey to Begin Issuing Driver’s Licenses to All Residents Regardless of Immigration Status; ICE Limits Arrests at Courthouses

New Hope to Immigrants Facing Deportation

On Thursday, April 29, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security failed to properly notify an immigrant regarding his obligation to appear for a hearing in removal proceedings. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that federal law mandates that enforcement authorities include all statutorily required information – including the charges against them and where and when they must appear in court – in a single document, entitled a “notice to appear,” rather than in multiple documents spread out over days, months, or even years. » Read More