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Dec 03, 2018

ICE Threatens to Increase Immigration Raids at New Jersey Worksites in Response to Sanctuary State Directive

On Friday, the Norris McLaughlin Immigration Blog reported that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that New Jersey would become a “sanctuary state” in implementing the “Immigrant Trust Directive.”  In response, NBC Philadelphia reported that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has threatened to increase immigration raids throughout New Jersey. » Read More

Nov 30, 2018

New Jersey Becomes Sanctuary State

Yesterday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced a directive limiting the assistance state, county, and local law enforcement agencies can give to federal immigration officials.  According to the Attorney General’s Office, the “Immigrant Trust Directive,” which applies “to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies, including police, prosecutors, county detectives, sheriff’s officers, and correction officers,” states they cannot:

  • Stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status
  • Ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation
  • Participate in civil immigration enforcement operations conducted by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property, unless those resources are readily available to the public
  • Allow ICE to interview an individual arrested on a criminal charge unless that person is advised of his or her right to a lawyer

The directive does not prohibit county and state correctional facilities from entering into contracts with ICE to hold immigrant detainees (often indefinitely) in New Jersey prisons—a practice that generates tens of millions in revenue annually. » Read More

Nov 02, 2018

Birthright Citizenship Debate Brings Fear to New Jersey’s 128,000 US Citizen Children of Unauthorized Immigrants

With President Trump threatening a Constitutional showdown over the question of “birthright citizenship,” many New Jersey immigrants are concerned about their children—those already born and deemed US Citizens, and those who are to be born. “Birthright citizenship” is the automatic granting of US Citizenship to any child born on US soil, without regard to the citizenship or resident status of the parent. » Read More

Oct 29, 2018

Real Housewife of New Jersey Finally Talks and Vows to Appeal Husband’s Deportation Order

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has finally broken her silence about the recent order deporting her real husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice.  ETOnline reports that “the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is opening up exclusively to ET about. » Read More

Oct 12, 2018

Hudson County, New Jersey, Agrees to Detain Immigrants for ICE Until 2020 for over $60 Million

Yesterday, the Freeholders of Hudson County, New Jersey, approved a resolution that renews a contract with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house immigrant detainees at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey.  The contract was extended for 2 years until December 31, 2020, with an option for County Freeholders to further extend the immigration detention agreement with ICE beyond 2020.  » Read More

Oct 11, 2018

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Husband Ordered Deported to Italy

In July, the Norris McLaughlin Immigration Blog reported that Teresa Giudice, best known for starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, would soon become a “Real Housewife of Italy.”  Well, Teresa may stay in New Jersey, but her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, will be traveling by “ICE Air” on a permanent trip to Italy.  » Read More

Aug 14, 2018

Princeton, New Jersey, Police Patrol Car Causes Immigration Confusion and Concern: Was it ICE?

A police car with the decal “ICE” across its doors has been patrolling the streets of Princeton, New Jersey.  Confusion and concern took over the small Mercer County, New Jersey immigrant community.  Why?  “ICE” is an acronym for Immigration & Customs Enforcement—the federal agency that enforces immigration law, including executing deportation orders, conducting worksite investigations, and more.  » 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 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

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