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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.

Conflict over asylum and immigration laws continues

Immigration issues continue to make headlines in New Jersey and across the country. Many people trying to enter the United States by seeking asylum are facing detention and numerous other difficulties along the way. Their situations may only get more challenging as the presidential administration continues efforts to add asylum restrictions.

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