New Jersey Alliance reacts to Circuit Court Decision on Injunction of President’s Immigration Actions

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Contact: Johanna Calle, NJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to leave in place an injunction putting on hold the President’s Immigration Action jeopardizes the livelihoods of 204,000 immigrants living in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, a coalition of the state’s faith, immigrant, community and labor groups.

The delay of these programs continues to put communities in danger of inhumane deportations and family separation. The President is on the right side of the law when issuing these actions, and this injunction will cause further unnecessary economic and social harm to our state. New Jersey’s economy and tax base greatly benefit from the contributions of immigrants, and the implementation of the President’s action would allow thousands of hard-working New Jerseyans to come out of the shadows and participate fully in their communities without fear of deportation.

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Newark Becomes First Municipality in New Jersey to Issue Identification Cards

Immigrant communities cheer passage of City Council ordinance establishing Newark Identification card program to benefit undocumented immigrants, the homeless, and other vulnerable communities 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Johanna Calle, NJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)

NEWARK – The largest city in the state of New Jersey, with over 280,000 residents, has approved an ordinance to create a municipal identification card program for all city residents, making it the first municipality in New Jersey to do so. The Newark Municipal Council voted today by a unanimous vote to create a city-issued ID eligible to all residents aged 14 and older. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is expected to sign the ordinance soon.  

The municipal ID card will benefit all residents of Newark, including marginalized communities such as immigrants, people with disabilities, the young and elderly, formerly-incarcerated people, the homeless, and transgender individuals.

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NJ Alliance Joins More Than 150 Civil, Labor, and Immigrants’ Rights Groups In Amicus Brief Supporting President’s Immigration Actions

Brief Filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Asks Court to Lift Block on Expanded DACA and DAPA

 

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Contact: Johanna Calle, NJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)

Newark, New Jersey – President Barack Obama’s immigration actions would allow millions of immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization, improving the nation’s economy and society, charged civil and immigrants’ rights groups — including the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice — in an amicus curiae brief filed today. This brief was one of several in support of the Obama administration’s immigration actions in the case Texas et al. v. United States et al. to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which economists predict will raise the GDP by more than $200 billion over the next ten years.

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NJ Alliance Slams Gov. Christie for Moving to Block President’s Immigration Action

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Contact: Johanna CalleNJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)

Following reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined the Governors of Texas, South Dakota, and Louisiana in submitting an amicus brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing a stay of an injunction in Texas v. United States, the case filed by the State of Texas seeking to halt President Obama’s  Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from last year providing relief from deportation to millions of immigrant families in the United States, the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice issues the following statement:

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Diverse Alliance launches campaign to make New Jersey more immigrant-friendly

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice to focus on organizing communities around policies to improve immigrants’ lives

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Contact: Johanna CalleNJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)

JERSEY CITY AND CAMDEN — Immigrants are pivotal members of our communities and deserve the rights and protections that will allow them to pursue the American dream as residents of New Jersey. That was the message delivered Tuesday by the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice – a new, diverse coalition from New Jersey’s faith-based, grassroots, civil liberties, community services, and labor communities – in two locations: Jersey City facing the Statue of Liberty and in Camden at a local church. The Alliance announced the official launch of its statewide campaign, New Jersey for All, to achieve policies addressing issues of justice and equality in key areas affecting the lives of immigrants: labor, law enforcement, identifications and driver’s licenses. The Alliance plans to pass ordinances and resolutions at the municipal and county levels while also pushing the legislature for a statewide driver’s license for all.

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