December 2019: Legislative update
In December 2019, Governor Murphy signed legislation making New Jersey the 15th state to expand access to driver’s licenses to qualified drivers, regardless of immigration status. New Jersey joins fourteen other states and D.C that have implemented similar measures. It is expected New Jersey will see an increase in public safety, increase in revenues to state and local economies, and increase the well-being of all families – particularly the hundreds of thousands who will gain access to a driver’s license. However, the expansion for driver’s licenses to all has not been implemented, the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) has to first announce a date when the new potential drivers can start applying. The legislation notes that the MVC has up to 13 months to implement. Please visit https://www.letsdrivenj.org/ for up to date information.
October 2019: RICAP advisory for DACA renewal applications
Please click here to read the advisory for DACA Renewal Applications.
June 2020: US Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration’s Attempt to End DACA
On June 18, 2020, in the Dept. of Homeland Security v. Regents of the Univ. of CA, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision preserving DACA. The Court first determined it had authority to review the Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program because the program conferred immigration relief. In making this holding the court cited past cases where the courts had been called upon to protect individuals’ interests when abridged unreasonably by the government.
In its review, the Supreme Court then held that the rescission of DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedures Act for two reasons. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not provide a sufficient reasoned analysis at the time the DACA rescission was implemented. Second, DHS did not appreciate the full scope of its discretion and how so many people had come to rely on DACA. The court stated that DHS should have explored other alternatives before eliminating the entire policy, crippling the interests of over 700,000 young people. Importantly, the decision DOES NOT foreclose the possibility of rescinding DACA, it simply outlines where the Administration failed to meet the requirements for such a rescission.
For the full advisory, please go here.