"Every New Jerseyan should be able to raise their children, go to work, and contribute to their communities without the fear that an ordinary interaction with police could derail their lives," said ACLU-NJ Senior Supervising Attorney Alexander Shalom.
Jose "Ivan" Noe Nuñez Martinez's many supporters in the Philadelphia region have insisted that he deserves to be free to pursue his case. He represents no threat to the community, they say, and is unlikely to flee, given that his husband, Paul Frame, an American citizen, lives in the area.
"This is highly disturbing news and we are still investigating the facts," said Mike Dunn, a spokesperson for Mayor Kenney. "But assuming the currently known facts are true, the city is confident that the proposed use would be illegal under the existing use permits and the city plans to vigorously apply the law."
Temporary Protected Status allows about 320,000 people from 10 countries to live and work in America because of war, floods, droughts, epidemics or armed conflict in their home nations. President Trump had ordered them to leave.
While parts of the demonstration were playful - "No taco is illegal!" people chanted - the message was dead serious. The name of the restaurant is hurtful and harmful, activists said, and makes a mean joke of people of Latin American descent and the tense political climate surrounding the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Jeff Gammage, a staff writer, was part of the five-reporter team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He’s the author of China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood, and has written about adoption for publications including the New York Times. He is a 1982 graduate of James Madison University, and a recipient of the school’s Ronald E. Carrier Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.