New Jersey has a reputation as a driving state, featuring one of the densest interstate structures in the country and a massive web of turnpikes, bridges, tunnels, parkways, and traffic bottlenecks. New Jersey’s car culture is so strong that many residents refer to where they live not by town or street name but rather by exit number. Even Simon & Garfunkel sang, “Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they’ve all come to look for America.” While being in your car is an integral part of life in Jersey City, NJ and all parts of New Jersey, this state also boasts an increasingly popular boating culture. Especially during the summer, large numbers of people use New Jersey’s rivers, oceans, and bays for recreational boating. With so many people operating vessels, the potential for accidents causing property damage, injury, and death rises. This risk exponentially increases when the operator of the vessel is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Federal Judge Prevents DoD from Blocking MAVNI Citizenship Applications
In a previous blog, I discussed changes to the vetting requirements for service members in the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. Those changes essentially require service members to pass screening requirements that are similar to those for top secret security clearance.
How Would Trump’s Immigration Priorities Affect Immigrant Communities?
Back in September, Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi believed that President Trump was onboard with extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Just a few weeks later, though, Trump released a list of immigration priorities including full funding for a border wall and a shift to merit-based immigration. In a letter to Congress, the Administration stated that those priorities must be included in any bill that addresses the DACA program.
U.S. Citizenship Applications Surge in Response to Toughening Immigration Policies
There were more applications for U.S. naturalization filed in 2016 than in any other year of the past decade, but 2017 is on pace to surpass last year’s application count. Without question, the Trump Administration’s rigorous crackdowns on both legal and illegal immigration are contributing to this surge.
Immigrants Worried Trump May End “Temporary Protected Status” Program
Immigrants from Haiti and Central America are worried that the Trump Administration will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that has allowed them to live and work in the United States. Many of these immigrants have resided in the U.S. for 20 years.
Undocumented 10-Year-Old Girl Detained after Undergoing Emergency Surgery
A 10-year-old girl was recently detained by immigration enforcement agents after being discharged from a children’s hospital. The girl, Rosa Maria Hernandez, was being transported by her cousin to Driscoll Children’s Hospital when they passed through a Customs and Border checkpoint. Immigration agents allowed the two to proceed but followed them to the hospital.