Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Bergen County Ends Most ICE Detentions; DHS Reviewing Handling of Recent Border Issues; Dozens of Legal Scholars Call for Immigration Reform 
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by William C. Menard
1y ago
N.J. Bergen County Board Votes to End ICE Prison Contract at Local Jail This week, the Bergen County Commissioners Board officially ended its agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that permitted the detention of immigrants at the county jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. The board’s decision was unanimous, and ICE now has 45 days to remove the remaining detainees from the Bergen County Jail. However, the county did not end its arrangement with ICE entirely. The commissioner’s board approved a new contract with the U.S. Marshals that lets the federal government hold immigra ..read more
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DOJ Settles with Large Health Care Organization Regarding Software-Based, Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims
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by Raymond G. Lahoud
1y ago
On August 25, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it has settled an immigration-related discrimination claim with Ascension Health Alliance (“Ascension”), a Missouri-based healthcare organization with more than 2,600 sites – including 146 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – spread out over 19 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens based on their citizenship status. Ascension required more or different documents than were necessary when those ..read more
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Rural Areas in the US See Acute Shortage of Agricultural Laborers: Ohio and Pennsylvania Face Challenge
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by Raymond G. Lahoud
1y ago
The 2020 population census revealed that many rural areas in the United States have seen a decrease in population, while urban and suburban areas have grown. The decline in the rural population has caused agricultural labor shortages, underscoring the need for immigration reform. Decreasing Rural Population in Ohio Although Ohio and Pennsylvania are not the major states for livestock processing, Ohio agribusiness is still in need of workers, and rural counties in Appalachia and the northwest are losing population. Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University, Mark Partridge, said ..read more
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Immigration Weekly-Round-Up: Thousands in New Jersey, Other States Impacted by Delay in Immigration Reform; “Remain in Mexico” Policy to End; DHS Relaxes Deportation Enforcement
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by William C. Menard
1y ago
Several Hundred Thousand in New Jersey, Nearby States Affected by Delay in Immigration Reform The U.S. Senate Parliamentarian’s decision to disallow including immigration reform in a massive budget bill under consideration in Congress will impact hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, spurring a march through Philadelphia last weekend to pressure lawmakers to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the United States. On Tuesday, a similar march took place in Washington, D.C., with many attending from the Mid-Atlantic states. The reform ..read more
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Gov. Tom Wolf Says Pennsylvania Will Welcome Afghan Refugees
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by Raymond G. Lahoud
1y ago
Afghanistan, which has recently come under the control of the Taliban, is facing deadly violence and oppression by the Taliban authorities. In response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to do his part in welcoming Afghan Refugees. Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan The Taliban forces acted quickly, expanding their footprint in Kabul by mid-August. Their arrival sparked panic and mayhem in the capital, with many Afghans, as well as citizens of other countries, rushing to Hamid Karzai International Airport to seek a way out. Western embassies were quick to move staff to the airport, which ..read more
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DOJ Settles Claim Against Illinois-Based IT Recruiter for Discrimination Against U.S. Workers
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by Raymond G. Lahoud
1y ago
On August 17, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it entered a settlement agreement with an Illinois-based IT staffing and recruiting company – Ameritech Global Inc. The settlement resolves the claims of discrimination against U.S. workers. Ameritech posted job advertisements specifying its preference to hire applicants with temporary work visas. It also failed to consider at least three U.S. worker applicants who applied to the advertised positions. Claims of Discrimination A U.S. citizen filed a discrimination complaint against Ameritech with the Civil Rights Division. Aft ..read more
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Immigration Weekly Round-Up: N.J. Senators Urge Release of Imprisoned Immigrants; Pathway to Citizenship Excluded from Budget Bill; Federal Judge Invalidates Florida Law Promoting Cooperation with Deportation Enforcement
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by William C. Menard
1y ago
New Jersey Senators Call for Release of Imprisoned Immigrants Both of New Jersey’s U.S. senators – Bob Menendez and Cory Booker – have demanded the release of all imprisoned immigrants throughout the entire state who are not a threat to public safety or otherwise a priority for removal from the country. Each senator signed and submitted a letter to acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tae D. Johnson, stating that any “form of detention is a traumatic experience, especially among immigrant detainees who are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic s ..read more
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Census Numbers Show Lehigh Valley Diversifying: Hispanic Population Now a Majority in Allentown
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by Raymond G. Lahoud
1y ago
The U.S. Census Bureau’s population data shows that after years of population growth, the Hispanic population has become a large majority of Allentown, with the Lehigh Valley facing a decline in the population of whites over the last decade. Hispanic Population Growth in Lehigh Valley As of 2020, approximately 54 percent of the city’s population, more than 68,000 people, identified themselves as Hispanic. This makes Allentown the third-largest city in Pennsylvania in terms of the percentage of the Hispanic population. Reading is 69 percent Hispanic with the highest Hispanic population, and Haz ..read more
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DHS and DOJ Publish Proposed Rule Allowing Asylum Officers to Fully Adjudicate Cases Previously Assigned to Immigration Judges
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by Raymond G. Lahoud
1y ago
On August 18, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), keeping in line with their goal of a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system, published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), amending the processing of protection claims. The proposed rule would allow individuals who receive a positive credible fear determination to be further interviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) asylum officers, who will hear and decide applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). Normally, these ..read more
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Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Senate Introduces Path to Citizenship for Thousands of Immigrant Children; Federal Court Permits Biden to Limit Immigration Detentions
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by William C. Menard
1y ago
Democrats Announce Path to Citizenship for Certain Immigrant Children  This week, a bi-partisan group in the United States Senate introduced a bill that would allow children who had entered with their parents on short-term visas to apply for permanent residence, and ultimately citizenship. Currently, many adult immigrants on temporary work visas are unable to obtain permanent residency or otherwise face long delays, forcing their dependent children, who have frequently grown up in the United States, to leave the country once they turn 21.   The Senate bill, entitled the America ..read more
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