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The basics of the naturalization process

Wanting to become a citizen of the United States is a common desire. However, the naturalization process is not easy, and many people living in New Jersey may wonder whether they will ever reach this goal. Fortunately, understanding the process could help them work toward obtaining citizenship.

More immigration policy changes lead to concern

It is common for U.S. citizens to have children outside of the country. This may be particularly true for military members and other federal personnel stationed abroad. Usually, when these children are born, they are still considered as residing in the United States. However, New Jersey readers may be interested in recent immigration policy changes that may put an end to that automatic citizenship.

Spousal immigration cases can take time to complete

Many New Jersey residents hope to find love at some point in their lives. For some, they may reach this desired milestone but not in the way they expected. Some individuals fall in love and marry people they met in other countries. As a result, immigration steps must be taken if they want their foreign spouses to live in the United States.

Another proposal regarding immigration announced

To many in New Jersey, across the United States and even outside the country, it can seem as if certain parts of the law are constantly up for debate. Currently, immigration is certainly at the center of many debates, and additional proposals regarding changes continue to be announced. One such proposal from the current presidential administration was recently discussed.

Need help to resolve immigration and naturalization issues?

New Jersey is home to many immigrants, some who have only recently arrived in the United States and others who have been living here for decades. The immigration and naturalization system can be quite complex. Therefore, it is not uncommon for legal obstacles to arise in either case, regardless of how long ago a person's arrival in the U.S. took place.

Hundreds of detainees affected by Trump administration policy

The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 in favor of the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrants for an indefinite period of time who are waiting to be deported from the United States. In some cases many of these immigrants are held in immigration custody for several years even after they have fully served any criminal sentence they may have previously received. In New Jersey ICE has the ability to incarcerate more than 2,000 immigrants in jails located in Essex, Hudson and Bergen counties. This decision will likely impact hundreds of those detainees.

New Jersey Attorney General's Immigrant Trust Directive

Partner, Derek DeCosmo, visits St. Joseph Pro Cathedral in Camden, NJ to discuss the impact of New Jersey's "Immigrant Trust Directive" that went into full effect on March 15, 2019. The directive issued by New Jersey's Attorney General places restrictions on local restriction on when and how the cooperate with ICE. Mr. DeCosmo said, "The initiative is intended to strengthen the trust between New Jersey's immigrant communities and local law enforcement, which is critical to good community policing efforts." Mr. DeCosmo further stated, "In cities like Camden we see the safety benefits of strong relationships between immigrants and local law enforcement. Immigrants do not fear that ICE will be called if they come forward when they are a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime."

Does a state CDS charge yield the same immigration consequence as a federal CDS charge?

Partner, Derek DeCosmo, argued an important issue before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals that will have a major impact on lawful permanent residents who have previously been convicted of a drug offense. Mr. DeCosmo argued that a conviction in New Jersey for possession of CDS with intent to distribute in a school zone is not a CDS conviction under federal immigration law. He further argued that the Government's position breaks with almost thirty years of federal jurisprudence and practice of comparing a state criminal statute of conviction to the single most similar federal statute to determine whether or not the state conviction is aggravated felony for immigration purposes. You can listen to the argument at the link below.

Force-feeding taking place at immigration detention center

Many people's journeys to better lives have a number of difficult aspects to them. Individuals looking to build those lives in the United States can face many roadblocks along the way, including immigration detention. While detainment does not mean their journeys are coming to an end, it could mean that they will face more hardships along the way.

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