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Jul 30, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Driver’s Licenses Skyrocket; White House Seeks Speedier Processing at Border and With Asylum Cases; COVID Restrictions to Continue at U.S. Border

New Jersey Sees Dramatic Increase in Driver’s Licenses after Permitting Undocumented Individuals to Apply

The state of New Jersey has seen a more than 60% increase in new driver’s licenses issued since May 1, as the new state law took effect law that permitted residents to obtain licenses regardless of immigration status. » 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

Jul 02, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Immigrant Detainees Moved to Unknown Locations While Advocates Block NJ Turnpike to Request Pandemic Relief for Undocumented Workers; Supreme Court Denies Bond Hearings for Some Detained Immigrants

Immigrant Detainees in Newark Transferred, Protestors Demand Pandemic Relief for NJ Undocumented Workers

Immigration was a big issue this week in New Jersey. First, as the state government continues to consider a bill ending the detention of immigrants in New Jersey, a group of around 30 immigrant detainees in Newark was transferred to an unknown location. » Read More

Jun 25, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ State Assembly Votes to Ban ICE Detention; Immigration Benefits No Longer Denied for Minor Application Errors; Children Face Harsh Conditions in Immigration Detention

Banning New Prison Contracts with ICE

After being stalled for months, a bill that prohibits entering new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts at private detention centers or renewing existing ICE prison contracts is now advancing through the New Jersey State Legislature. » Read More

Jun 11, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: TPS Holders Barred From Applying for Permanent Residence; Future Uncertain for Detention for Civil Immigration Violations in New Jersey and California

Immigrants Under Temporary Protected Status Denied Green Cards

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that immigrants who entered the United States without inspection and were later granted Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) would not be able to apply to become permanent residents under most circumstances. » Read More

May 28, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Steps Closer to Banning Immigration Detention; Immigrants Eschewed Vital Benefits in Fear of Immigration Consequences; TPS Expanded for Haitians

State Bill Would End ICE Contracts in New Jersey

The Law and Public Safety Committee of the New Jersey State Senate has advanced a bill that would bar local governments and private prisons from entering into any contracts to house or detain people for civil immigration violations. » Read More

May 14, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Congressional Reps Propose Increased Health Care for Immigrants; Fear of Undocumented Immigration Drops Significantly in New Jersey; New Wage Requirements Delayed For Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers

New Bill Proposed to Make Health Care Coverage More Accessible to Immigrants

Several House Democrats have introduced a new bill aimed at making health care benefits more accessible to immigrants in the United States. One of the bill’s main sponsors, Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, stated that “we must finally guarantee health care to everyone as a human right – regardless of immigration status, income, employment, or anything else.” » Read More

May 07, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Landlord Sues Elizabeth, New Jersey, Detention Center; USCIS Agrees to Speed Up Employment Applications for Spouses of Temporary Workers; Federal Court Grants Immigration Judges More Power to Close Removal Cases

New Jersey ICE Detention Center Sued Over Dangerous Conditions

This week, the owner of a property currently being used as an immigration detention facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit against CoreCivic, the company that maintains the prison. The lawsuit alleges that CoreCivic violated the conditions of its tenancy by failing to follow applicable regulations instituted to stop the spread of COVID-19 among its inmates. » Read More

Apr 30, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Supreme Court Decision Expands Relief for Thousands of Immigrants Facing Deportation; New Jersey to Begin Issuing Driver’s Licenses to All Residents Regardless of Immigration Status; ICE Limits Arrests at Courthouses

New Hope to Immigrants Facing Deportation

On Thursday, April 29, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security failed to properly notify an immigrant regarding his obligation to appear for a hearing in removal proceedings. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that federal law mandates that enforcement authorities include all statutorily required information – including the charges against them and where and when they must appear in court – in a single document, entitled a “notice to appear,” rather than in multiple documents spread out over days, months, or even years. » Read More

Apr 23, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Governor Considers Pandemic Relief for Undocumented Residents; Supreme Court Wary of Green Cards for Immigrants with TPS; Mexican President Discusses U.S. Visas for Work on Reforestation

New Jersey to Consider Pandemic Relief for Undocumented Immigrants

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has indicated he is reviewing and considering a plan to allocate approximately $40 million in federal funding to immigrants in New Jersey for relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic. » Read More