California Governor Jerry Brown on Oct. 5 singed the California Values Act, a law that gives more protections to undocumented immigrants by limiting how California law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. According to USA Today, the Act bars state and local authorities from using resources to interrogate, detain, detect, investigate, or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. It also prevents authorities from asking people about their immigration status.
DoD Modifies Criteria for Expedited Naturalization of U.S. Service Members
The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is time consuming and riddled with legal hurdles. Most immigrants who wish to become a naturalized citizen must reside in the United States for at least five years, but there are several exceptions to this requirement, one of which applies to service members in the U.S. armed forces.
Green Card Holders Face New Hurdle to Enlist in U.S. Coast Guard
Effective Oct. 13, all lawful permanent residents who apply for enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard will have to pass a Military Service Suitability Determination (MSSD) and National Security Determination (NSD). According to a memorandum issued by the Department of Defense, the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) will administer the MSSD and NSD after the applicant’s background investigation has completed.
What are the Legal Consequences for Underage Drinking in New Jersey?
Elizabeth, NJ—In both Elizabeth, NJ as well as the entire state of New Jersey, a person must be 21 years old to legally purchase or consume any alcoholic beverage on a licensed premises. While most people are aware of this law, underage drinking is rampant—the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 20 percent of people aged 12 to 20 drank alcohol in the past 30 days. According to the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, New Jersey youth appear to be experimenting with alcohol at a rate above the national average, with approximately 470,000 underage youth in New Jersey drinking each year.
DoD Enhances Vetting Requirements for MAVNI & DEP Service Members
On Oct. 13, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a memorandum enhancing the vetting and monitoring requirements for service members who accessed under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Pilot Program. MAVNI is a program through which non-immigrants with critical skills are recruited into the U.S. military.
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Trump Administration’s Immigration Priorities Favor Highly Skilled, Young Immigrants
The Trump Administration recently released a list of immigration priorities that strongly favor highly skilled, young immigrants. The Administration has proposed a merit-based system that awards an immigrant points based on his or her economic contributions, likelihood to assimilate, and ability to be financially self-sufficient.