Consortium Teams Up With Rutgers Law School Clinics for Statewide Survey on Access to Justice for Immigrant Children and Families

The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children is working with law school clinics at the Camden and Newark campuses of Rutgers Law School on a statewide survey on the unmet legal needs of immigrant children and youth in New Jersey. In the last four years, immigrant communities across the country have endured heightened levels of immigration enforcement, and with immigration of Read more…

Consortium Calls on Governor Murphy to Put Medicaid Expansion for Undocumented and Uninsured Kids in 2022 Budget

Update: Due to pressure from New Jersey community members and organizations, Governor Murphy has designated $20 million for Cover All Kids — an important first step towards establishing this program to cover 88,000 uninsured youth, and ultimately to move towards Healthcare for All. The ball is now in legislators’ court. The Consortium urges them to swiftly pass both the Read more…

Consortium Joins 46 New Jersey Organizations Defending the Immigrant Trust Directive Before the Third Circuit

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Consortium joined a friend-of the-court brief, with our partner the ACLU of New Jersey, urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to uphold the Immigrant Trust Directive, a lawful, important policy to keep New Jersey safer and healthier for immigrant communities. The Directive protects immigrant communities by limiting the collaboration Read more…

Consortium Pushes Back Against Harmful Immigration Regulations Making Courts Less Accessible to Immigrant Youth

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the Consortium submitted two comments to the federal government’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) challenging proposed regulations that would remove safeguards for many immigrants in court, including young immigrant seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) seeking asylum. The Consortium is concerned Read more…

Consortium Joins Amicus Brief Defending the Right of Abused and Abandoned Immigrant Youth to Stay in the United States

On December 2, 2020, the Consortium joined its sister organizations from across the country on an amicus brief before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit opposing the Trump Administration’s efforts to deport abused and abandoned immigrant youth from the United States. The case, JLPP v. Barr, exemplifies the Trump Administration’s attempts to undermine the purpose Read more…

Consortium Presses Elected Officials to Support Immigrants and Communities of Color Around the 2020 Election

On Thursday, October 29, the Consortium and community partners released a sign-on letter to local elected officials across the state of New Jersey calling for local leaders to address threats to immigrants and people of color between the election and the inauguration: Earlier in the month, the Consortium hosted two pre-election planning sessions focused on supporting the immigrant community Read more…

Consortium Urges Department of Justice to Withdraw Proposed Rules Aimed at Creating Barriers for Asylum Seekers

On October 22, 2020, the Consortium and community partners submitted a comment to the Department of Justice objecting to proposed regulations that would dramatically compress the immigration court process, creating unsurmountable hurdles for asylum seekers and further eroding procedural protection in the asylum system. The Consortium raises concerns that the changes, which will radically limit the time frame for Read more…

Consortium Urges NJ Legislators to Help Immigrant Families Plan for the Detention of a Loved One

With detentions and deportations ongoing throughout New Jersey, children and youth can find themselves suddenly separated from parents, grandparents, and loved ones who are taken into custody. On October 7, 2020, the Consortium wrote to key members of the New Jersey Legislature to urge them to update the state’s standby guardianship bill to make it easier for immigrant parents, Read more…