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Report: English Language Courses Lacking in New Jersey Schools

Plus: New Jersey jails are no longer holding immigrants, and Hurricane Ida victims face eviction from their hotels

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The NJ Consortium for Immigrant Children released a report detailing English language learning in some New Jersey school districts. More than one-third of educators who participated in the survey said a lack of compliance with state regulations for English language classes was a “major problem” within their school. Almost reported that before the pandemic, there were no language accommodations in English-only classes for English learners at their school. And according to one educator, there were 180 English learner dropouts during the pandemic in her district. Deanna Garcia for Documented.

In other local immigration news…

There Are No Immigrants Left in New Jersey County Jails. Where is ICE Sending Them?

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as of Nov. 12, is no longer holding immigrant detainees in New Jersey county jails for the first time in over two decades. Detainees in Hudson County Jail and Bergen County Jail were either transferred to other facilities, released or deported as of last week. Most of these immigrants were transferred to two New York State facilities: Orange County Correctional Facility and Buffalo Service Processing Center. Advocates urged ICE to release individuals instead of moving them further away from friends and legal representatives. ICE told Documented the agency plans to house “detainees within the geographical area of their arrest, in an effort to keep them close to family, friends, and legal representatives, and in an effort to shorten length of stay in ICE custody.” Read more at Documented. 

Hurricane Ida Victims are Facing Eviction Again

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After Hurricane Ida devastated working-class immigrant communities at the beginning of September, roughly 20 families became climate change refugees and were forced to call a hotel home. But not long after, those immigrants were kicked out of their hotel rooms. Guests say the Department of Housing Preservation and Development sent the residents letters telling them they had to check into shelters in Downtown Brooklyn days before they were evicted. The shelter is far from the schools, jobs, and doctors the refugees usually go to in western Queens. Read more at Documented.

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