CENTER FOR

IMMIGRATION LAW, POLICY AND JUSTICE

The Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice

The CILPJ at Rutgers University explores contemporary and historical immigration and citizenship laws to better understand the complex ways that law and society determine who belongs in the United States. Through interdisciplinary scholarship, legal, policy and advocacy-based initiatives and public engagement, the CILPJ explores and supports the adoption of equitable and more inclusive laws, regulations, policies, and practices for all people – citizens and non-citizens alike.

Research

The CILPJ engages in legal and policy research to examine ways that immigration and citizenship laws define rights and privileges of immigrants and their families. It also highlights the scholarships of CILPJ faculty that explore questions of immigration and citizenship laws and policies.

Recent News

CILPJ Director Rose Cuison Villazor on CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin – May 23, 2019

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Watch Rutgers Law School Professor and CILPJ Director Rose Cuison Villazor, on CNN again with Brooke Baldwin yesterday reacting to the 6th migrant child’s death in U.S. custody.

CILPJ Director Rose Cuison Villazor on CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin – May 16, 2019

  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Watch Rutgers Law School Professor and CILPJ Director Rose Cuison Villazor, on with CNN‘s Brooke Baldwin yesterday critiquing Trump’s “merit-based” immigration plan.

Prof. Randi Mandelbaum Comments on Denials And Delays of Special Juvenile Status Applications

Reuters reported on the increased rejections of applications and delays in the processing of applications filed by immigrant youths under the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. Under SIJ, immigrant youths (defined as those who are below 21 years old) may submit an application for permanent residency if they have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent. As CILPJ affiliate faculty and Child Advocacy Clinic Director, Prof. Randi Mandelbaum explained, the law requires the administration to process these applications within six months.  Yet, she has cases that have lingered for over a year. Here’s the rest of the story.