Newark, NJ- A federal grant awarded to the New Jersey State Attorney General’s office will be distributed to several municipalities to purchase body cameras for law enforcement officers. Three towns in Essex County will receive the funds to support dozens of cameras.
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.
BIA Clarifies When an Asylum Claim is Frivolous
Newark, NJ- A newly popular tactic to get into immigration court or delay removal is to apply for asylum and withdraw the application when the applicant appears in immigration court. A strategic claim of asylum may delay deportation, but there are risks to filing a frivolous asylum claim. That is exhibited by a recent case before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Newark’s Immigration Courts Have High Denial Rates
Newark, NJ- Applying for asylum in the U.S. is an arduous process, and immigrants must overcome numerous challenges and must prevail in immigration court to be granted the status. Ultimately, approval of asylum is up to an immigration judge. A recent study from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found significant disparities in denial rates across the U.S. are largely dependent on the judge assigned to an immigrant’s case. Denial rates in New Jersey were among the highest nationwide.
Senators Introduce BRIDGE Act to Protect DACA Recipients
Newark, NJ- Young undocumented immigrants who applied for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals face a lot of uncertainty about their status and are in danger of being deported if the program is eliminated with a new administration. The risks DREAMers face was more apparent this week after immigration advocates warned DACA recipients not to travel abroad. One group of Senators are hoping to alleviate the worries of DREAMers by introducing the BRIDGE Act, legislation that will extend the current benefits of DACA and offer additional protections.