Hudson County, NJ- Enforcing the U.S. immigration laws can be a mammoth task, so Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) relies on help from local law enforcement agencies for help. In 2009, the Hudson County Department of Corrections entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with ICE to honor immigration detainers and identify non-citizens who are subject to removal from the United States. I believe it is important to explain what this partnership entails and how it could impact New Jersey’s and Hudson County’s large immigrant community.
DAPA on Course to be decided by U.S. Supreme Court in 2016
Newark, NJ- Over a year after President Obama announced one of his key immigration policies, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Texas’s request for delay, increasing the chances of the case being decided by next summer. If decided in the White House’s favor, DAPA would give a large group of qualifying immigrants the chance to apply for deportation relief sooner than anticipated.
Immigrants Face New Challenge as Interpreters Reject New Contracts
Newark, NJ- There are numerous ways in which the current state of the immigration courts adversely affect the immigrants appearing inside their walls. Now, there is another challenge facing immigration courts; the lack of interpreters who are protesting a new agreement with a Department of Justice contractors which is asking them to accept lower wages and less than desirable working conditions.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Turns Three despite Problems
Newark, NJ- On August 24th one of President Obama’s key policies, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, turned three. The program, despite some challenges, has been popular and has so far helped over a million young undocumented immigrants obtain work permits and avoid deportation.
New Jersey Supreme Court Gives Additional Protection to Immigrant Children
Newark, NJ- An August 26th ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court clarified the role judges in Family Part play in cases involving undocumented immigrant children who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect in their native countries. By clarifying Family Part judges’ roles, the ruling gives vulnerable immigration children the necessary protections and better chances of obtaining special immigration juvenile status.