Law360 reports that the government and a group of young immigrants represented by the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest have agreed to a class certification order in a New Jersey federal action challenging the government’s policy of denying Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) to young people who were between 18 and 21 years old when they obtained child welfare findings from a state juvenile court, a necessary predicate to applying for SIJS. The article cites a letter submitted by Lowenstein partner Catherine Weiss, Chair of the Center, to the Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, arguing that “in order to effectively provide notice to the proposed class, and to properly proceed in this litigation, class certification is necessary.” The proposed order would certify a class of plaintiffs who have already filed or will file SIJS petitions “based on New Jersey Family Part Orders that were entered between the petitioners’ 18th and 21st birthdays, and whose SIJ petitions are, have been, or will be delayed, questioned, denied, or revoked on the ground that the Family Part lacks the authority, power, or jurisdiction to make the required child welfare findings as to petitioners in this age group.” The order would appoint Lowenstein Sandler as class counsel and direct the parties to propose a notification system for class members about the order. View Lowenstein's news announcement about this matter.