NJ Supreme Court ruling may help young immigrants win legal residency

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    Young detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville

    Young detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that young people living in the state who entered the U.S. illegally have the right to apply for legal residence if they can show that they were abused in their home country.

    A federal program that can provide amnesty to eligible young people on a case-by-case basis, but first a state court must determine whether they were abused or neglected and whether it’s in their best interest to stay in the U.S.

    And that’s the part of the process that the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

    NewsWorks Tonight’s Brad Linder talked with Sal Rizzo of the Bergen Record and NorthJersey.com about what the ruling means.

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