NJ High Court Lifts Roadblock For Abused Immigrant Kids

Law360, New York (August 27, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that family courts can only make factual findings regarding special immigrant juvenile status for abused or neglected kids, but stopped short of interpreting a key statute regarding the child’s potential reunification with a parent.

Reversing two child welfare-related decisions, the high court said only U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may decide whether SIJ status should be granted. The only task of New Jersey family court is to make factual welfare findings that will be presented to USCIS, the court said.

SIJ status allows children who cannot be united with a parent to get a...

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