Saturday, June 16, 2012
Surprise announcement by Homeland Security will allow some residents to stay in the United States if they came here as children.
In a move expected to affect up to 800,000 people, President Barack Obama announced Friday a plan to allow some young illegal immigrants the ability to apply for temporary legal status and work permits. The move would stop deportations for undocumented people under certain conditions. To be eligible - they must have come to the United States under the age of 16 and lived in the US for at least five years. They must be in school, have graduated from high school, or have been honorably discharged from the US military. In addition, those applying must not have been convicted of any felony or significant misdemeanors. The move raised the ire of many immediately - including one reporter who heckled the president during the speech. But Obama …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tell Patch what you think about the issue and vote in our poll.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Several states allow undocumented workers to obtain driver's licenses. New Jersey is not one of them. Is this fair? Does it create dangerous conditions on New Jersey roads? How should the state handle the problem?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The public speaks out uniformly against the Republican Borough Council candidates' phone poll.
Hightstown residents at the Borough Council's Monday meeting spoke out solely against the Fathers' Day weekend phone survey by Republican council candidates Skye Gilmartin and John Archer. All nine members of the public who spoke about the survey, which the candidates announced last week, said they were upset with how the situation was being handled. The majority of them, including some from East Windsor, said they strongly supported Hightstown Resolution 2005-66, which called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to, in part, “not create needless mistrust and fear of the Hightstown Borough Police Department and other municipal agencies.” Many residents have seen the resolution as also allowing undocumented immigrants to talk to local …
Friday, June 17, 2011
Borough Republicans plan a phone survey.
Friday, June 17, 2011
By John Archer and Skye Gilmartin, Republican Candidates for Hightstown Borough Council After several weeks of research, information gathering, and discussion, our Exploratory Committee (made up of a diverse, multi-cultural group of concerned residents) is close to completing its' task and is preparing a recommendation regarding Hightstown's "sanctuary city" label. To that end, all registered voters will be receiving a survey phone call this weekend to gauge public opinion on this issue. We ask for your participation in this public opinion poll on this very important topic. It is our opinion that Resolution 2005-66, unanimously passed by Borough Council in 2005, has created an atmosphere that not only conflicts with Federal Immigration …
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Bilingual immigration attorney Stephen Traylor of Traylor and Traylor in Princeton visits the Hightstown branch library every month.
With immigration a hot topic both nationally and locally, advice on getting legal, documented status is in high demand. To help meet that need, the Hightstown Branch of the Mercer County Library System takes time each month to host immigration attorney Stephen Traylor of the Princeton-based law firm Traylor and Traylor, PC. Traylor took a few minutes from his busy Tuesday evening this week at the library to answer five questions for Patch. “I speak Spanish and I was in kind of a lull when I got out of law school,” Traylor said. He noted he had previously done the Peace Corps in Ethiopia before embarking on his 26-year career and wanted to continue helping people. “Immigration law is about the only kind of law now that there are sole …
Friday, December 17, 2010
The issue of taxi licensing is an ongoing debate in the borough.
Taxi drivers, their supporters and their detractors were all vocal at Hightstown Borough Council's last meeting Dec. 6, and the issue is unlikely to go away any time soon. Guillermo Saquicela, of the Twin Rivers community in East Windsor, said he has been a driver with Tu Amigo Taxi in East Windsor for 5 years. He says borough police have been focusing their attention on giving cab drivers $200-$300 tickets when they try to pick people up and drop them off in the downtown area while ignoring unlabeled cabs, an issue others echoed. "We serve a lot of Spanish and we also serve a lot of American people too," Saquicela said, noting Tu Amigo, the largest company in the area, often helps out at drinking establishments and even gets calls from …