Civil Rights + Immigration

Biden calls on governors to press Congress on immigration overhaul, Ukraine aid

BY: - February 23, 2024

President Biden said the bipartisan changes to immigration policy and border security include “the most fair and humane reforms for legal immigration in a long time.”

ACLU starts clemency project in New Jersey to fight unjust prison terms

BY: - February 22, 2024

The ACLU will first focus on incarcerated domestic violence victims and people who got longer sentences at trial after rejecting plea deals.

Federal appeals court affirms retired law enforcement officers’ right to carry guns

BY: - February 15, 2024

A federal appeals panel says New Jersey can't enforce stricter requirements than federal law allows for retired cops who want to carry guns.

New bill targeting book censorship at libraries leads to partisan clash

BY: - February 15, 2024

Book banners and free-speech advocates disagree over a new bill intended to prohibit censorship and protect school and community librarians.

U.S. House Republicans impeach Homeland Security chief Mayorkas on second try

BY: - February 13, 2024

House approved two articles of impeachment that charged Mayorkas with willfully ignoring immigration law and lying to Congress about the status of border security

Public defender’s office urges legislators to reform ‘draconian’ parole system

BY: - February 13, 2024

The N.J. Office of the Public Defender is calling on lawmakers to make several changes to the state's parole system in a new report.

N.J. Senate passes bill to ban discrimination based on height and weight

BY: - February 12, 2024

The N.J. Senate passed a bill Monday that would ban discrimination based on height and weight, despite objections from Republicans.

Temp worker advocates say staffing agencies are flouting new law

BY: - February 12, 2024

About 40 complaints have been filed with the Department of Labor in relation to the temp workers’ law, according to a department spokeswoman.

Advocates fear would-be successors to Sen. Bob Menendez lack his commitment to immigrants

BY: - February 9, 2024

Immigrant advocates say they fear the Democrats seeking to replace Sen. Bob Menendez will not be as aggressive an advocate for immigrants as he is.

Immigration advocates seek restart after Senate deal flops

BY: - February 8, 2024

Immigration advocates said the bill would have made unacceptable changes to the asylum system.

U.S. Senate kills immigration overhaul, hits stalemate on Israel, Ukraine aid

BY: - February 7, 2024

The GOP-controlled House on Tuesday night failed to pass a standalone bill with $17 billion in aid for Israel.

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

BY: and - February 7, 2024

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford said he believes there will be “significant” ramifications if the GOP completely walks away from the deal he helped write.