New Jersey Advocates Await Hearings on Immigration Executive Actions

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice continues to support the President’s Executive Actions that would benefit over 200,000 New Jerseyans

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2015

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

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit hears arguments on the Texas vs. United State case today, which would impact 4 in 10 undocumented immigrants in the state of New Jersey according to New Jersey Policy Perspective’s recent report on the issue. New Jersey is home to over 400,000 undocumented immigrants and at least half would qualify for the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Resident (DAPA) and extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) if the court allows the programs to be implemented. 

“These forms of relief would impact immigrant members of our communities - they are business owners, churchgoers, parents, brothers, daughters, and sisters. The immigrant communities in New Jersey have become such an integral part of our state that it is estimated that 1,500 new jobs would be created each year and boost our state’s economy by over $11.9 billion over the next decade” said Johanna Calle, Program Coordinator at the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. “Our organization signed on to an amicus brief in support of the President’s actions and will continue to organize and empower our immigrant communities to make New Jersey more immigrant friendly through our policy campaign New Jersey for All. Congress failed to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform and has left advocates with no choice but to push for other forms of relief and policies that will improve and impact the lives of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in our state. Legal experts overwhelming agree that these actions are lawful. We will continue to support the President’s Executive actions and are sure our communities will ultimately prevail”.