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Oct 08, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Bergen County Ends Most ICE Detentions; DHS Reviewing Handling of Recent Border Issues; Dozens of Legal Scholars Call for Immigration Reform 

N.J. Bergen County Board Votes to End ICE Prison Contract at Local Jail

This week, the Bergen County Commissioners Board officially ended its agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that permitted the detention of immigrants at the county jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. » Read More

Oct 01, 2021

Immigration Weekly-Round-Up: Thousands in New Jersey, Other States Impacted by Delay in Immigration Reform; “Remain in Mexico” Policy to End; DHS Relaxes Deportation Enforcement

Several Hundred Thousand in New Jersey, Nearby States Affected by Delay in Immigration Reform

The U.S. Senate Parliamentarian’s decision to disallow including immigration reform in a massive budget bill under consideration in Congress will impact hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, spurring a march through Philadelphia last weekend to pressure lawmakers to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the United States. » Read More

Sep 21, 2021

DHS and DOJ Publish Proposed Rule Allowing Asylum Officers to Fully Adjudicate Cases Previously Assigned to Immigration Judges

On August 18, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), keeping in line with their goal of a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system, published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), amending the processing of protection claims. » Read More

Sep 07, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Biden to Amend H-1B Visa Requirements; Federal Court Expands Rights to Interpreters in Deportation Proceedings; Afghans Remain in Uncertain Status across the Globe

Biden Administration Announces Planned Changes to H-1B Employment Visas

Earlier this last week, the Biden Administration released a set of policy goals for employment-based immigration that include plans for changes to the H-1B, the visa that permits highly skilled workers to work in the United States for a period of up to six years. » Read More

Sep 02, 2021

Policy Alert: DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility, Effective September 1, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (“ICE”) have announced the extension of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification policy due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a precautionary measure, the temporary flexibility guidance set to expire on August 31 is extended effective September 1, 2021. » Read More

Feb 03, 2020

Employers: DHS Releases New Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. On January 31, 2020, the USCIS released the long-awaited revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), with an edition date of “10/21/2019.” The changes are minor and the USCIS has accordingly revised its “Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.” » Read More

Apr 05, 2019

ICE Arrests Hundreds in Biggest Workplace Immigration Raid in a Decade

On Wednesday, nearly 300 people were arrested at a worksite raid in what Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has called the “biggest workplace immigration raid in a decade.”  The raid at a Dallas-area receiving warehouse owned and operated by New Jersey based CVE Group Inc., » Read More

Oct 08, 2018

New Jersey Among Top 5 States in Number of Immigrants Becoming Naturalized Citizens in 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ranks New Jersey in the top 5 states with the highest number of naturalizations in 2017, according to the Agency’s 2017 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, which was released to the public on October 2, 2018 » Read More

Jul 27, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Schools Sued over Immigration Enrollment Policies and Worksite Enforcement, Plus Raids up over 400%

ACLU Sues New Jersey Schools to Change Policies Related to Immigrant Students

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed multiple lawsuits against school districts throughout the state of New Jersey, alleging that the schools were requiring parents to provide proof of immigration status in the United States or a valid Social Security number, violating state law. » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalis and Landscaping Companies Hit Hard by Visa Rules

TPS Extended for Somalis in the United States

After a period of uncertainty, the Trump Administration extended Temporary Protected Status, or “TPS,” to certain Somalis living in the United States.  The extension granted them the right to live in the United States until at least March of 2020, at which point the U.S. » Read More