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Aug 14, 2019

New Jersey Township Authorizes Investigation into and Lawsuit Against Murphy “Sanctuary State” Directive

Last night, the Township Council of Old Bridge, New Jersey adopted legislation authorizing the township’s attorney to investigate and take legal action against New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration challenging the “Immigrant Rights Directive” that limits police cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and essentially deems New Jersey a sanctuary state. » Read More

May 14, 2019

New Jersey Sanctuary State Question Put on November’s General Election Ballot

Responding to community criticism of the recently implemented “Immigrant Rights Directive” by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the Sussex County Board of Freeholders considered a resolution that would put the question of “Sanctuary County” designation to the voters in this November’s general election.  » Read More

Apr 22, 2019

Are You an Immigrant Who (Legally) Smokes Weed? If So, You May Never Become a U.S. Citizen

On Friday, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its internal policies related to the adjudication of naturalization applications of lawful permanent residents who partake in the marijuana industry in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which have enacted laws permitting “‘medical’ or ‘recreational’ use of marijuana.” According to USCIS, if you smoke weed, you may lack the good moral character to become a U.S. » 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

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., a technology products company, was led by DHS’ Homeland Security Investigations (“HIS”) unit, with a team of over 200 federal agents. » Read More

Mar 21, 2019

Immigration Attorney Raymond Lahoud Discussed Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry for NAREB

Yesterday, I was honored to speak before the National Association of Real Estate Broker’s Southern New Jersey Regional Board (NAREB) on the impact of the American immigration system and the current Administration’s enforcement actions on New Jersey’s real estate industry.

The food was incredible, the information was plentiful, the interest was intense, and the questions were many—from whether the City of Camden could be designated an EB-5 Regional Center and how an undocumented individual could qualify for a mortgage through an ITIN lenders, to questions about landlords threatening to call Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) on undocumented tenants, and what remedies exist for to so many forced to live in deplorable conditions for fear ICE will knock on their door if they lodge a complaint. » Read More

Mar 19, 2019

It’s Official: New Jersey Is a Sanctuary State

On Friday, the New Jersey Immigrant Trust Directive went into effect—essentially ending any cooperation between the State and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) on immigration enforcement matters.  Announced in December of 2018 by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the Immigrant Trust Directive effectively declared New Jersey a “sanctuary state.”

Effective last Friday, the directive prohibits state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, including police, prosecutors, county detectives, sheriff’s officers, and correction officers from doing the following:

  • 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 ICE.
» Read More

Dec 13, 2018

ICE Agents Converge on 16 New Jersey Counties: 105 Immigrants Arrested

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the end of a five-day sweep across New Jersey, netting the arrest of immigrants in 16 counties.  The operation targeted a broad range of individuals, including lawful permanent residents and other immigrants with criminal convictions as well as individuals present in the United States who have reentered after deportation or have pending criminal charges. » Read More

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