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August 2013 Archives

New Memo Helps Illegal Alien Parents Charged with Deportation

On August 23rd Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) released an administration policy directive entitled "Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities." This memo serves to supplement as well as complement already existing memoranda relating to prosecutorial discretion and enforcement priorities. This memo in particular focuses on policies that affect alien parents, including placement, monitoring, accommodation, detention and removal. It states that "particular attention" should be given regarding any proposed action that involves 1) parents or legal guardians who are primary caretakers; 2) parents or legal guardians who have a direct interest in family court proceedings involving a minor or child welfare proceedings in the United States; and 3) parents or legal guardians whose minor children are U.S. Citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Immigration Reform Ever Fluid And In Flux

Immigration Reform has passed the Senate, and now it only needs to pass the House. If the last presidential election has taught us anything, it is that the Hispanic community cannot be ignored. Their numbers are growing, and with it their political pull. Without that simple truth, Immigration Reform would be a pipe dream. However, passing the House will be anything but simple. This is because while the nation has been growing more diverse, GOP districts have become more conservative. According to the Cook Political Report, after the 2012 redistricting, the GOP as a whole represents 6.6 million less minorities today than it did in 2010. On average, GOP districts are approximately 75% white, while democratic districts are around 50%. Because of the once in a decade redistricting, many House seats are safer now for the GOP than they have ever been. The Cook Political Report shows that fifteen years ago the GOP had 148 safe seats, while today they have 186. This means that 80% of House Republicans only have to worry about primary challenges, rather than general election fights. And given that GOP districts have tended to become more conservative, and their base constituencies oppose a pathway to citizenship by a 2-1 margin, it is pretty clear that any solution from the House will be different from that which has come from the Democratic Senate.

I-9 Compliance Pitfalls

Just this past June, the Justice Department announced that it had reached an agreement with Macy's. The retail giant had been accused of conducting unfair documentary procedures during employee re-verification. While the Justice Department did not specify what the procedures were, it did say that Macy's employees suffered economic harm due to lost work and seniority. Macy's paid $175,000 in civil penalties, created a $100,000 fund to recoup lost back pay for employees, and will be monitored by OCS (Office of Special Counsel) for the next two years. While this notable outcome may seem singular, it would be a mistake for any employers to believe themselves immune.

New Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI) in New Jersey Municipal Court Good for Immigrants?

On June 27, 2013, Bill 3598 passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and if all goes well, will soon become law. The Bill essentially implements a Pre-Trial Intervention program in our state's municipal court system, which up until now, has not had a formal type of diversionary program except the Conditional Discharge under N.J.S. 2C:36A-1, which applies to disorderly persons drug offenses. There is a PTI program in New Jersey, but it is only available in our Superior Court system, which has jurisdiction over indictable crimes (in other words, 4th degree crimes and higher). The benefit of being admitted to the PTI program is that upon successfully completion of the program, usually a period of probation with other specified conditions, the charge(s) against the defendant is dismissed. Of course, admission into the program is not automatic or guaranteed. It is reserved for those who meet the specific criteria, which generally pertains those who have been charged with a third or fourth degree crimes who have no prior record, have never been admitted to such a program before, and who can demonstrate that they are capable of rehabilitation. Ironically, a person who is fortunate enough to be admitted to PTI in Superior Court is arguably sometimes better off than a person who pleads guilty to a criminal offense in municipal court, a venue where less serious charges are heard, because the charges are technically dismissed whereas the person in municipal court will still walk away with a conviction.

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    • The National Advocates | Top 100 Lawyers
    • Rated by Super Lawyers | Angie Garasia | 5 Years
    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationaly Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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