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Oct 16, 2018

Driver’s Licenses for 466,000 New Jersey Undocumented Immigrants Closer to Reality?

Driver’s Licenses for New Jersey’s undocumented immigrants may have moved a step closer to reality.  In a September interview on NJ 101.5, New Jersey’s Senate President Steve Sweeney endorsed the idea—which was integral in advancing any legislative measure.  While Sweeney did not support any specific legislation, Nicholas Pugliese, staff writer for the Record’s Trenton Bureau, reported that the legislation at the center of the debate in Trenton is the New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act. » Read More

Aug 10, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: DACA to Be Reinstated and Large-Scale Employer Raids in the Midwest

Federal Judge Orders Government to Begin Accepting New DACA Applications

Late last week, United States District Judge John Bates, presiding in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must begin accepting all applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been suspended since 2017. » Read More

Jul 18, 2018

Risking a $27 Million Loss in Revenue, Hudson County, New Jersey, Votes to Extend Agreement to House Immigrant Detainees

New Jersey’s Hudson County has agreed to maintain an immigrant detention facility for years to come.  Last Thursday, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved the extension of an Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA) with US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE),  continuing to allow the housing of immigrant detainees at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey. » Read More

Jun 08, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Completes Largest Workplace Raid in 10 Years and Paul Ryan Announces Compromise Bill on Immigration

ICE Arrests More Than 100 During Company Raid in Ohio

This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officers raided Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Castalia, Ohio, arresting over 100 company employees who are alleged to be in the United States without documentation.  » Read More

Jun 01, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Labor Shortages Persist Despite Low Unemployment and White House Plans to End Visa for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Agriculture and Construction Industries are Concerned About Labor Shortages

Despite lower unemployment across the country, agriculture and construction companies continue to face vacant positions, and are arguing for increased immigrant labor.  For example, in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, there is greater demand for construction work, but there are approximately 38,000 unfilled position in the industry.  » Read More

May 11, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Those Crossing Border to Be Charged with Federal Crimes and Home Care Industry to be Deeply Impacted by Limits on Immigration

Justice Department to Charge Those Crossing U.S. Border with Federal Crimes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would immediately detain individuals crossing the U.S. border without documentation and charge them with crimes in federal court.  Sessions further stated that families would not be spared, indicating that if “you’re smuggling a child, we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law.  » Read More

May 07, 2018

Trump Administration Terminates TPS for Honduras: Thousands in New Jersey to Lose Deportation Protection and Work Authorization

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced Friday the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Secretary Nielsen delayed the termination for 18 months to allow those in the United States under TPS to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, to prepare for departure to Honduras.  » Read More

Apr 13, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Federal Court Blocks White House from Punishing Sanctuary Cities, Florida Businesses Oppose Mandatory Electronic Employment Verification, and President Trump Drops Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

Los Angeles Federal Court Bars White House From Punishing Sanctuary Cities

On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Manuel Real ruled that the Department of Justice could not give special treatment to cities that cooperated with immigration enforcement when issuing a particular federal grant.  » Read More

Mar 08, 2018

New Jersey County Withdraws from Controversial Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Last week, Hudson County, New Jersey, officials announced the county’s withdrawal from a controversial immigration enforcement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the “287(g) Program.”  Under the 287(g) Program, corrections officers at the Hudson County jail in Kearny, New Jersey, were deputized as federal immigration agents, allowing them to investigate immigration violations, ask questions of inmates related to their immigration status, conduct immigration arrests, and initiate deportation proceedings. » Read More

Feb 16, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Legislation Stalls, ICE Raids in Los Angeles, and Bangladeshi Professor Granted Temporary Stay of Deportation

Senate Immigration Bill Fails

Despite a long build-up to a debate on an immigration bill in the United States Senate this week, negotiations for comprehensive legislation, as well as a law to help protect DACA recipients, gained no traction in Congress, leaving the future of immigration entirely uncertain. » Read More

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