DAPA/DACA

Pillars

First Dreamer Admitted To New Jersey Law Bar

Last week, New Jersey welcomed its first DACA recipient to the New Jersey Law Bar.  Parthiv Patel, a 27-year-old immigrant from India who came to New Jersey when he was five years old, became the first “DREAMer” to join the cadre of lawyers in the State, sworn in by State Attorney General Grewal.  Patel, who graduated from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law  in 2016 and subsequently passed both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania…

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Philip Murphy

Governor Murphy To Join DACA Lawsuit

Phil Murphy, New Jersey's new Democratic Governor, announced that New Jersey intends to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program for DREAMers.  This is a noteworthy and critically important policy shift in that Murphy's Republican predecessor, Governor Christie, had joined with other GOP governors in a lawsuit that sought to have the DACA program declared void back in 2015. The lawsuit that Murphy intends to join,…

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DACA Anniversary

Federal Court Orders Dhs To Maintain DACA Program

Following the Trump Administration's announcement that they would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set forth by President Obama via Executive Order, the University of California filed a formal legal complaint challenging the rescission of the DACA program.  A fortuitous outcome came on January 9, 2018 when Federal Judge William Alsup, in his 49-page ruling, issued an order directing the government to partially maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis. Calling Trump's…

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DACA Anniversary

Possible Daca Replacement Bills

Following the Trump Administration's decision to terminate the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program effective March 6, 2018, there are four possible DACA replacement bills that are currently being considered by Congress: the BRIDGE Act, the RAC Act, the SUCCEED Act, and the DREAM Act.  The expediency of the decision-making process of Congress will be critical to the lives of an estimated 700,000 dreamers who are living and working legally in the United States under…

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Bamdajan Bamba

Celebrity Actor Gives Voice To DACA Struggle

Bambadjan Bamba, an actor and filmmaker best known for his roles on the "Sopranos," "Suicide Squad," and "Grey's Anatomy," in addition to his recurring role on the NBC sitcom “The Good Place” and for his upcoming role in Marvel's "Black Panther" movie, made a decision to formally reveal his immigration status this week.  The reasons for his decision to go "public" are apparently threefold in nature: 1) it stems from a personal place of fear about…

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SCOTUS

Department Of Justice Petitioned Supreme Court To Re-hear DACA/DAPA

Following the disheartening Supreme Court deadlock last month on President Obama's immigration executive actions, which included such proposed programs as DAPA and Expanded DACA, there were many advocacy groups highlighting the unfairness of having conducted a hearing without a full Bench due to the political maneuver of Senate Republicans who refused to appoint a successor to Justice Scalia. On July 18, in a surprising move, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) petitioned the Supreme Court…

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DACA Anniversary

Happy 4th Anniversary DACA!

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, originally started on June 15, 2012, exactly four years ago.  Under DACA, unauthorized immigrants who came to the country before age 16; were under age 31 at the time of the announcement; and had been in the country for five years when the initiative was announced are eligible to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit. Building on the success of DACA, in November…

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DAPA

Possible Immigration Consequences Of A Supreme Court Deadlock

With a 4-4 Supreme Court deadlock as a looming possibility, with four conservative justices and four liberals seemingly divided along ideological lines, the question that many eligible DAPA and EXPANDED DACA candidates are asking is: What will be the possible immigration consequences of a deadlock?  A 4-4 decision would essentially leave in place the Appeals Court ruling that blocks the Executive Order and deny President Obama's chance to revive it while he completes his term in…

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DAPA

Thousands Demonstrate In Front Of Supreme Court As Immigration Case Begins Today

As the Supreme Court begins to hear the DAPA and EXPANDED DACA Immigration case today, the first item on the agenda is to determine if, in fact, the States are even allowed to sue? Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argues for the administration that the States do not have the legal right to even present this case before the Supreme Court because Immigration is a Federal Issue, not a State issue, and that the States cannot show…

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Labor Secretary

Labor Secretary Perez Says That President Has Authority On Immigration Matters

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said in an interview today that the President has full executive authority on immigration decisions and issues. "There has been a longstanding precedent in the Supreme Court that the federal government, the executive branch, has authority in immigration matters," Perez said.  Perez strongly defends the legality of President Obama's immigration executive actions, which will be argued before the Supreme Court this coming Monday, April 18th, as the Justices examine the case…

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