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Sep 10, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Immigration Detention Facility Sued; Immigrants Who Assisted After September 11 Seek Residency; Democrats Seek Immigration Reform Measures in Spending Bill

Landlord Sues New Jersey ICE Detention Facility

Portview Properties, which owns a property in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that is currently being used to detain immigrants, has filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court against CoreCivic, the operator of the prison, alleging that the company has failed to implement safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) on COVID-19, posing a threat to the health of the detainees.     » Read More

Aug 20, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Prison No Longer Detaining Immigrants; Federal Felony for Unlawful Reentry to U.S. Found Unconstitutional; Biden Policy Limiting Detention Struck Down

Essex County Prison No Longer Housing Immigrant Detainees

Essex County Prison in Newark, New Jersey, has officially ended its detention of individuals for federal immigration violations. The County Chief Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, stated that as of Tuesday this week, the prison – located in the third-largest county in the state – no longer had any immigration detainees. » 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

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

Jun 29, 2021

Carlos Rios, A U.S. Citizen, Sues ICE for Wrongful Detention, Seeks $500,000 in Damages

On November 17, 2019, Carlos Rios was arrested by the Washington State Patrol in Pierce County, Washington, allegedly for driving his motorcycle under the influence. Rios was imprisoned in Pierce County Jail, and his belongings were confiscated. Upon his release two days later, he was taken into custody by two U.S. » Read More

Jun 25, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ State Assembly Votes to Ban ICE Detention; Immigration Benefits No Longer Denied for Minor Application Errors; Children Face Harsh Conditions in Immigration Detention

Banning New Prison Contracts with ICE

After being stalled for months, a bill that prohibits entering new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts at private detention centers or renewing existing ICE prison contracts is now advancing through the New Jersey State Legislature. » Read More

Jun 22, 2021

Biden Administration Gives More Discretion to Prosecutors to Pursue or Drop Immigration Cases

On May 27, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) issued a memo that elaborated on the power of prosecutors to dismiss cases of immigrants with certain special concerns or situations. Unlike the previous government, the Biden administration has given the prosecutors the liberty to pursue or drop cases. » Read More