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Apr 24, 2019

Report: Foreign-Born Lehigh Valley Population Outpaces Domestic; Legal Immigration to the Region Prevents Decrease in Population

Without the influx of lawful immigrants into the Lehigh Valley, the area would have experienced a net loss in its population.  In a Morning Call report analyzing recently-released Census Bureau statistics, Reporter Eugene Tauber noted that the Lehigh Valley has seen a 0.58% increase in its population since 2017, with 842,913 residents.   » Read More

Apr 15, 2019

President Trump Proposes Immigrants Entering United States Border to Be Sent to Sanctuary States

On Saturday, the Trump administration, through a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump at 9:47 p.m., floated the idea of sending all those entering at the border to sanctuary states and cities across the United States, where the president said the states and cities can take “care of” immigrants seeking admission, and in many instances asylum protection, at the United States border with Mexico, at designated ports of entry. » Read More

Apr 10, 2019

128 Arrested in ICE Sweep Across 14 New Jersey Counties

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the end of a month-long operation across 14 New Jersey counties, which led to the arrest of 128 immigrants.  The operation focused “on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety,” noted John Tsoukaris, Newark’s Enforcement & Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office Director. » Read More

Dec 05, 2018

Ray Lahoud Presents at Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, presented “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry” at the Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo today at the Atlantic City Convention Center. » Read More

Dec 05, 2018

New Jersey One Step Closer to Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

New Jersey’s state legislators have finally introduced legislation that will allow the state to remain compliant with the federal REAL ID standards while also issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants residing in New Jersey.

The proposed legislation creates two separate license types: (1) a Real ID compliant driver’s license that passes minimum requirements for use with the federal government; and (2) a “standard driver’s license” to be issued to New Jersey residents who satisfy all other requirements for a driver’s license but are unable to establish lawful residence in the United States.  » 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 22, 2018

Immigrants Account for $80 Billion a Year in Economic Contribution to New Jersey

In a recent article, “Immigrants in New Jersey: A Demographic and Economic Profile for the Midterms Elections,” contributing reporter Maria Frausto of the American Immigration Council writes that “[j]ust weeks before the midterm elections in New Jersey, immigration policy has emerged as a top issue for voters.”

Frausto notes that while “the political rhetoric on immigration may overlook important nuances about the complexity of this issue, it remains critical for the public to understand the contributions immigrants make to communities in New Jersey.  » 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 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

Oct 05, 2018

Newark, New Jersey, Ranks First in the United States for Integration of New Immigrants

In the first-ever comprehensive review of how each of the 100 largest U.S. cities for how each city welcomes immigrants, Newark, New Jersey, ranked first in its ability to integrate immigrant communities into the “fabric of American life.”

The study, released by the bipartisan research and advocacy thinktank, New American Economy, found Newark to be a city that is “starting to rebound after years of job and population loss that resulted in economic instability.”  In Newark,

immigrants are bringing the much-needed skills and entrepreneurial spirit that can help develop a more stable and educated workforce, encourage new business creation, fill vacant housing, and expand local tax bases. 

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