The New Jersey Bar Association Foundation issued a Special Immigration Edition on various contemporary immigration issues. It includes discussions of President Trump’s rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the NJ State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s Immigrant Trust Directive, and the proposal to include citizenship in the U.S. Census. The articles include quotes from CILPJ Director Rose Cuison Villazor and affiliate faculty Professor Alan Hyde.
Op-Ed by Chancellor Nancy Cantor and RU Dreamer Esder Chong on Allowing Young Undocumented Immigrants to Get Drivers Licenses
The President of RU Dreamers, Esder Chong, and Chancellor of Rutgers University, Newark, Nancy Cantor, wrote a compelling op-ed, advocating for the State of New Jersey to allow young undocumented immigrants to be able to apply for drivers licenses. As they wrote, “This is not the time to slow down on opening up access to education and opportunity to young immigrants. Instead, let’s speed up to allow all qualified residents to access a driver’s license regardless of immigration status. These students are our next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers who deserve a fair chance to pursue their educational […]
ABS-CBN’s daily news program, “TFC Balitang America,” examined current political negotiations regarding border security. CILPJ founding Director and Professor of Law Rose Cuison Villazor offered brief comments.
NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Issues Statewide Directive Curtailing State and Local Police Participation in Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement
On November 28, 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued the “Immigrant Trust Directive,” which is intended to limit the types of voluntary assistance that state and local law enforcement may provide to federal immigration law enforcement authorities. A summary of the directive is available here.
Professor Rose Cuison Villazor comments for Market Watch: “It’s a message of exclusion — rejecting people who view themselves as Americans,” said Villazor. “It is a clear message to children of these undocumented parents that they don’t belong and are being punished.”