Immigration Policy

IMMIGRATION:

Our nation was built by immigrants and we advocate for fair treatment of new immigrants in all aspects of the law. We favor comprehensive immigration reform and a path for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. We greatly favor immigrant participation in the United States Census.

We oppose the efforts of local, county, and state governments to enforce federal immigration laws, including such efforts as 287g, the deputization of local law enforcement, local ordinances requiring landlords to determine immigration status, and any similar efforts targeting Latino communities. We strongly encourage, state and local governments to create practical policies regarding the humane treatment of immigrants living in their states.

Thus we oppose cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] as well as the honoring of detainer requests by local law enforcement agencies, and New Jersey state and county correctional institutions. We believe that these detainers violate the civil rights of those being detained.

The Latino Action Network supports legislation at the local, state, and federal levels banning wage theft against workers regardless of Immigration Status. The withholding of earnings for full worked performed or the payment of less than the required minimum wage and overtime standards is a widespread issue that affects many people from different socio-economic backgrounds.

We also support New Jersey legislation granting Immigrant Children that are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status [SIJS] under Federal Immigration Law access to New Jersey Courts.  SIJS provides an opportunity for immigrant children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or mistreated by one or both parents to obtain lawful immigration status. New Jersey is currently one of two states in the United States where current case law holds that a family court must find that the a child was abandoned, abused, neglected, etc. by both parents before issuing an order that is needed by the child to apply for SIJS with immigration officials. Thus, many children who live in New Jersey who are eligible for SIJS under immigration law cannot apply for this status because of New Jersey state law.

We oppose legislation at the local, state, and federal levels mandating landlords to determine the immigration status of their tenants for any purpose whatsoever. These types of ordinances have frequently been used on a local level to deter immigrants from living in those communities. These types of legislation break down the fabric of communities and promote mistrust and enmity.

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  • Javier Robles
    published this page 2023-10-18 13:16:52 -0400

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