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Aug 27, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Formally Ends Future Immigration Detention; Most New Immigrants Must Get Vaccinated; Supreme Court Reinstates Remain in Mexico Policy for Asylum Seekers

New Jersey Governor Moves to Ban Future ICE Detention Centers

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that bans state and county governments from entering or renewing existing contracts to house immigrants in detention centers. While the bill will allow current detentions at both the Bergen and Hudson county prisons for the remainders of the existing agreements, county officials indicated immediately after the law’s passage that it would be slowing down and eventually ending, immigrant detention. » Read More

Aug 17, 2021

Texans, Especially Farm Groups, Call on Biden to Secure Borders and Strictly Enforce U.S. Immigration Laws

Since the Biden administration came into office, Texas has faced an influx of illegal immigrants followed by a wave of crimes. Many states and national agricultural organizations have written to the Biden administration requesting immediate action to enforce immigration laws.

The Texas Department of Agriculture, 50 other states, and national organizations wrote to the Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Interior as follows: “The current situation should not be accepted by you or any American,” they wrote. » 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 10, 2021

U.S. Advisory Cautions Businesses Operating in Hong Kong About China’s Crackdown

On July 16, 2021, the Biden administration issued a Hong Kong Business Advisory highlighting changes in the political climate of China and Hong Kong. The advisory, titled “Risks and Considerations for Businesses Operating in Hong Kong,” was issued by the Treasury, State, Commerce, and Homeland Security Departments. » Read More

Aug 06, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Bipartisan Call for Border Oversight; Number of Immigration Children in Detention Doubles; Biden Introduces New Policy to Protect Afghans Who Helped U.S. During the War

Calls for Creation of Executive Position to Oversee Border Policy

In a bipartisan effort to address increasing immigration to the United States in recent months, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Texas Democratic Congressional Representative Henry Cuellar have asked the Biden administration to create a new executive position that will specifically oversee U.S./Mexico » 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

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

Jun 18, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Attorney General Expands Eligibility for Asylum; Employment to Be Authorized for Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crimes; Biden to Continue Family Reunification Efforts

A.G. Rules in Favor of Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland rescinded a Trump-era decision that had made it much more difficult for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence to apply for asylum in the United States. » Read More