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News12 featured Pace Haub School of Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants' protections"

06/19/2020

News12 featured Pace Haub School of Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants' protections"

The Supreme Court decision means the Pace University graduate can continue working as a paralegal and pursue her dream of becoming a criminal prosecutor.

"I would consider myself a hardworking individual who is looking to succeed in this country," she says.

The ruling is not the permanent solution many hoped for.

"It is an invitation to the Trump administration to go back and redo the elimination of DACA correctly," says Vanessa Merton, of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Pace University.

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Tucson Sentinel featured Pace Haub Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus outbreak"

03/23/2020

Tucson Sentinel featured Pace Haub Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus outbreak"

“Other countries do not find it necessary to detain huge numbers of potential immigration violators,” said Vanessa Merton, who directs the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Pace University law school in New York. “By definition, if you’re in ICE detention, you’re not being held in criminal custody.”

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Reveal featured Haub Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus"

03/18/2020

Reveal featured Haub Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus"

“Other countries do not find it necessary to detain huge numbers of potential immigration violators,” said Vanessa Merton, who directs the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Pace University law school in New York. “By definition, if you’re in ICE detention, you’re not being held in criminal custody.”

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News12 featured Elisabeth Haub Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "DHS cuts New Yorkers off from trusted traveller programs"

02/07/2020

News12 featured Elisabeth Haub Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "DHS cuts New Yorkers off from trusted traveller programs"

“It’s a totally made up, specious designed to frighten American citizens into compliance for all these overwhelming, overreaching demands for information,” said Vanessa Merton, Pace University Law Professor.

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"The Journal News" featured Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "Housing separated immigrant children in Westchester a long-standing practice, advocates say"

06/22/2018

"The Journal News" featured Law Professor Vanessa Merton in "Housing separated immigrant children in Westchester a long-standing practice, advocates say"

The revelation this week that immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border are being held 2,000 miles away in Westchester County follows a long-standing practice, immigration advocates said.

Local youth facilities like The Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry and Lincoln Hall in Somers have been housing unaccompanied young immigrants for years under a contract with the federal government, they said. 

And it's also been standard practice for immigration officials to detain immigrants anywhere in the country, often miles from where they were taken into custody.

“Understand that it’s a very common, longstanding practice for ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to move people all over the country, long distances from where they have families, for example," said Vanessa Merton, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at Pace University. "As long as they are in custody, this is not something unusual for them.” 

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"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Haub Professor Vanessa Merton in "Westchester legislators approve Immigrant Protection Act"

03/14/2018

"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Haub Professor Vanessa Merton in "Westchester legislators approve Immigrant Protection Act"

...Local community groups that work with the county’s immigrant population cheered the passage of the Act.
“Federal law enforcement is not the job of county personnel,” said Vanessa Merton, director of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Pace University. “County agencies should not be required to enforce federal immigration regulations any more than they enforce federal tax regulations.”

Carola Otero Bracco, executive director of Neighbors Link, a Mount Kisco nonprofit that assists immigrants, said the act is an important measure for the entire county.
“We are committed to our unyielding conviction to celebrate and cultivate diversity and inclusion, and the passing of this strong legislation is a key step toward that vision,” said Bracco.

The act will now head to County Executive George Latimer for his approval.

“This legislation in no way goes against federal law, and in no way will allow criminals to be harbored. To say otherwise is simply not true,” Latimer said in a statement following the vote. “This legislation goes to the heart of protecting good honest citizens in their home.”

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