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Lori Nessel interview

Professor Lori Nessel Featured In the News for Her Expertise on Immigration

Seton Hall Law Professor and Director of the Center for Social Justice, Lori Nessel was in the news in January 2018 for her expertise on immigration law. Nessel was interviewed by Bloomberg,, New Jersey 101.5, and NJTV News. 


The Bloomberg article notes:

Many lawmakers also want a quick fix after a ruling that injected “additional uncertainty into the mix,” the second-ranking Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We’re plowing ahead like we discussed yesterday at the White House.”

The decision may give Democrats and DACA supporters a stronger hand in their push for legislation to protect the DACA participants, known as Dreamers, as part of a broader immigration reform bill, said Lori Nessel, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

On TPS (Temporary Protected Status):

The article notes:

The decision to end Temporary Protected Status to more than 200,000 Salvadorans across the country will cause tremendous impacts on New Jersey, experts say.

Lori Nessel, director at Seton Hall Law School's Center for Social Justice, said absent of immigration reform, the end of TPS to Salvadoran's would have a "ripple effect" on New Jersey communities. Jobs would be lost, children born as American citizens may be forced to leave the country with their parents, and the economy would suffer by losing tax-paying residents.

"We're going to feel this on many, many levels," Nessel said.

The New Jersey 101.5 article notes:

Seton Hall law professor Lori Nessel says of those Salvadorans in the United States, New Jersey — Hudson County, in particular — is home to a sizable portion.

Nessel, who is also director of The Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall, says sending Salvadorans and their children back to the uncertainty of a gang-ridden nation could have dire consequences for many of them.

“Conditions in El Salvador have remained extremely dangerous and volatile, albeit for different reasons,” she said.

“There is talk about wanting to move away from a family unity-based immigration policy, which we have had for so many years,” she said.

The NJTV News article notes:

“We’re going to be looking at American children who are forced to choose, or their parents are forced to make the choice for them, as to whether they are essentially de facto deported. They go with their parents because they have to be with their parents and they’re forced to leave their country of citizenship and go to a country they may not even know. Or they stay in this country left to someone else, perhaps put in foster care, perhaps in a vulnerable situation, and they’re deprived of their parents,” said Seton Hall University law professor and Director of the Center for Social Justice Lori Nessel.