New York Appellate Court Issues Amazing SIJ Decision: Matter of Marisol N.H., et al.

Bryan Johnson writes: "On February 5, 2014, the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department in New York issued a splendid decision that will have a huge impact on the future of undocumented children in New York.  In many situations, in order for an undocumented child to obtain residency through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”), the child must first have someone appointed as their guardian.  Unfortunately, many judges in family court are skeptical of SIJS and as a result deny guardianship petitions if the natural parent is the petitioner.  In Brooklyn, Queens, Suffolk, and Nassau Counties, family court judges will no longer be able to deny guardianship petitions just because the natural parent is the petitioner.  A big HATS OFF to the great Professor Theo Liebmann and his students at Hofstra University School of Law’s Youth Advocacy Clinic!"