The US is Violating an American’s Right to Return

Recently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to allow an American,  Hoda Muthana, to come back to the United States.  In so doing, CILPJ Director Prof. Rose Cuison Villazor argues that Secretary of State Pompeo has violated one of the most important rights of citizenship —the right to return to the United States. Here’s her op-ed on this issue.

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Citizenship DACA Sanctuary

New Jersey Bar Association Foundation’s Special Immigration Edition

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.    

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DREAMERS Immigrants' Rights

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 […]

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Immigrants' Rights

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.

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