Fire Captain of a New Jersey Town is Targeted for Deportation

"Every day Jesus Manolo Donis tackles a full agenda. He takes his 3-year-old son to school and makes sure his stepdaughter makes her therapies. He cooks for his fellow neighbors. He is active in the PTA. And, with palpable pride, Donis serves as captain of the fire department in Rocky Hill...

Don't get scammed, immigrants told

"Dozens of community groups that help immigrants throughout the state will gather Thursday to discuss immigration services fraud, and how to combat the crime." - Record, Nov. 30, 2011 .

ICE gives cold shoulder to 72 Indonesians in New Jersey

"Two years ago, a community of Indonesians in central New Jersey was spared deportation after a Protestant pastor brokered an unusual agreement with immigration authorities that allowed them to stay in the country temporarily. The agreement was clear: The Indonesians would be able to stay and...

New Jersey Supreme Court, 5-2, Rules Padilla Not Retroactive: Gaitan & Gouldbourne

Majority nutshell : "We ... conclude that Padilla represents a new constitutional rule of law that, for Sixth Amendment purposes, is not entitled to retroactive application on collateral review under Teague. We cannot say that prior to issuance of the holding in Padilla, attorneys would have known...

Report Takes Hard Look at Immigration Detention

"The immigrants being held in Essex County and facing deportation tell of being locked down in rooms while being denied medical help, of not getting "a mere" 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in nutrition, of trying to sleep fully clothed in freezing spaces, of fellow detainees "who...

Church in New Jersey Offers Sanctuary to Immigrants

" A New Jersey pastor who opened up his church as a sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation doesn’t have much more room at the inn — nine have moved in. The Indonesian Christians say they’d rather camp out indefinitely in the Reformed Church of Highland Park than face persecution...

State Must Use Residency of Student, not Parents, to Determine Financial Aid Eligibility: New Jersey Court

" The New Jersey Appellate Division today ruled today in favor of a young American citizen denied state financial aid last year based on the immigration status of her mother rather than her own residency. The court’s ruling stated the student, A.Z., was in fact eligible for a Tuition Aid Grant...

Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Unlawful-Presence Waivers On January 2, Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano announced the posting of an eagerly anticipated rule for a process that may allow would-be immigrants with accrued unlawful presence to spend less time apart from their relatives in the United...

CA3 on Definition of 'Crime' in INA: Castillo v. Atty. Gen. (Castillo II)

"This immigration matter has already been before this Court once before on a petition for review. Bernardo Castillo previously petitioned for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”), which dismissed his appeal from an order of the Immigration Judge (“IJ”...

New Jersey Gov. Christie Signs Version of Dream Act Into Law

"Last year, Giancarlo Tello had to drop out of Rutgers University in Newark because he couldn’t afford the out-of-state tuition. This happened even though he lived in New Jersey. The problem was that Tello, 23, is from Peru and was undocumented when he came to this country at age 6. In New...

Prayer Controversy Leads to Cancellation of Naturalization Ceremony in N.J.

"A standoff between [Carteret] Mayor Daniel Reiman and federal authorities over his plan to include an opening prayer at a naturalization ceremony scheduled for Saturday in Borough Hall came to a head this week, leading to the event’s cancellation. Reiman said yesterday that although he assured...