Immigration Case Could Impact Thousands In New Jersey

From WBGO News, April 15, 2016:

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on an immigration case that could affect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in New Jersey.

President Obama’s 2014 executive orders to defer deportation of immigrants have not taken effect because 26 states challenged them as an unconstitutional overreach of authority.

Erika Nava is an analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective. She says if the executive action takes effect about 146,000 undocumented immigrants in New Jersey would be able to get work permits.

“They will be able to participate more fully in the economy. Their wages will increase by five to ten percent as they find jobs that are better match to their skills, are less vulnerable to exploitive employers, and are able to drive legally. This wage bump is key to New Jersey’s undocumented families because it will help reduce poverty.”

Nava says the new policies would also reassure children who are U.S. citizens and living with their undocumented parents that their parents won’t be taken away and deported.