Professor Farrin Anello in the Star-Ledger on the impending New Jersey Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of abused juvenile immigrants in the U.S.
The Star-Ledger reported on an impending decision to be issued by the New Jersey State Supreme court regarding the deportation of a 15 year-old Indian boy. This decision will set a precedent for 500 to 700 other children in New Jersey who are fighting a similar battle to stay in the U.S.
The Supreme Court will decide whether the child would have to prove abuse, neglect, or abandonment by one or both of the parents in order to win special immigrant juvenile status. Children have been granted this status in California, Minnesota, and New York based on abuse from one parent.
Professor Anello of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice was interviewed as a specialist in immigration issues. "This is a very important decision because there are many children out there who are fleeing abuse, abandonment or neglect by one parent whose lives would truly be in danger if they are sent back to their home countries," she said.
Professor Anello also noted that these children, some of whom have been physically abused at home, and others who simply lack adult protection, are vulnerable to gang violence and human trafficking.
In the case of the 15 year-old boy, he was clearly abandoned by his father. The boy’s sickly mother allowed him to work 75 hours a week to support his family until he was injured on the job, at which point she sent him to New Jersey to live with his uncle in Passaic County. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008 states that a child should receive special immigrant juvenile status if "reunification with one or both of the immigrant's parents is not viable."