In a previous blog, I discussed a new ICE initiative to prosecute parents who pay to have their children smuggled across the border. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other advocates of immigrant children have condemned the new procedure, which involves using children to find their parents and deport them. Meanwhile, the children remain in government custody—at taxpayer expense—during their deportation proceedings.
Appeals Court Rules for Immigrant Given Legal Advice by Fraudulent Attorney
Newark, NJ- The Fourth District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Romanian immigrant, Ann Marie Rila, giving her the opportunity to challenge a guilty plea she entered in a criminal case based on the advice of man posing as an immigration attorney. Her case should serve as a warning to immigrants who find themselves in legal trouble. It is a reminder to check the professional credentials of any immigration attorney they consult about their case.
Young Immigrants Contribute Millions to New Jersey’s Economy
Newark, NJ- The future if DACA, an Obama Administration policy that gives young immigrants protection from deportation, is uncertain. DACA remains in place for now, and young undocumented immigrants with the status don’t have to worry about deportation, but changes could occur, and suspension of the program is possible. While the fate of DACA is unknown, what is certain are the significant contributions young immigrants granted the status make to the U.S. and the economies of the states where they live including New Jersey.
Council Members in New Jersey Towns to Shield Undocumented Immigrants
Elizabeth, NJ- City council members in several New Jersey municipalities agreed to shield undocumented immigrants in their communities in the wake of stricter immigration enforcement policies issued by the Trump Administration.
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Deportation Case of Bosnian Immigrant Accused of War Crimes
Elizabeth, NJ- Earlier in January, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Bosnian immigrant who had her citizenship revoked for making a false statement on her naturalization application. The court’s decision will help clarify when an immigrant can have their citizenship revoked for a false statement.
Obama Reverses Cuban Immigration Policy Putting Some at Risk of Removal
Newark, NJ- The Obama Administration announced on Thursday, January 12, 2017, it is going to reverse a long-standing immigration policy that allowed Cubans entry into the U.S. without a first obtaining a visa. The federal government’s wet foot, dry foot policy, which granted Cubans entry to the U.S. once they arrived on U.S. soil, has been reversed and now means some Cuban immigrants in New Jersey and the rest of U.S. are subject to removal.