NJ Immigrant Advocates Condemn Trump’s targeting of Muslim Communities and Refugees

Advocates vow to continue fighting for the rights of all immigrants

For Immediate Release

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trenton, NJ – Members of the Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ), a coalition of 30 organizations statewide, released the following statements condemning President Trump’s plans to target Muslim communities and refugees:

“Our immigrant community is diverse and resilient, and an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. We stand for our right to seek a better life for ourselves and our loved ones. We have come from other countries looking for the American dream, a journey that many have taken for generations. New Jersey was one of the major points of entry for immigrants coming from Europe over a century ago, and we continue to be a major destination for immigrants seeking a better future. We don't believe in closing the door behind us once we are here, and we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters who are fleeing violence and who now face detention and deportation. We will not stay quiet as this administration targets our community one by one, and we ask that our elected officials stand by our side in this fight. We will work with all immigrants to protect the values of the country we have loved from afar and have served since we arrived, through advocacy and community organizing,” said NJAIJ Program Coordinator Johanna Calle on behalf of the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice.


NJ Immigrant Advocates Condemn Trump’s Plans for Increased Enforcement Announced Today

Advocates vow to continue fighting for the rights

of New Jersey immigrants, pledging: ‘We are here to stay’

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trenton, NJ – Members of the Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ), a coalition of more than 25 organizations statewide, released the following statements condemning President Trump’s plans to target immigrant communities through increased enforcement, as well as the proposed pressure on localities that refuse to participate in voluntary immigration enforcement:

“New Jersey has the third largest immigrant population in the country. The close collaboration proposed by the president between local law enforcement and federal agencies will erode the trust of more than 400,000 undocumented immigrants in our state alone, and it will lead to more people forced into the shadows. This new initiative will sow fear and paranoia within our communities, pinning neighbors against neighbors and causing unnecessary issues for our local governments. Any threats of financial punishment are only meant to strong-arm cities into engaging in practices that they know will damage their communities. We will not stand by as many of us are criminalized for non-violent offenses and demonized in the eyes of the public. Throwing people in jail and aggressively pursuing deportation, which divides children from parents and deprives families and businesses of income, are not the way to keep our communities safe. 

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New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice to Hold Annual Summit

Senator Robert Menendez Delivered Keynote Address


On Saturday, December 10, the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice held their annual conference, the New Jersey Immigrants Rights Summit 2016. The Summit included various workshops lead by member organizations on various topics with over 100 registered participants.

“As we prepare for a potentially unprecedented attack on immigrant rights from the new federal administration, it is critical that our diverse coalition from across the state comes together to ensure that we are ready to protect our communities, our neighbors and ourselves,” said Johanna Calle, Program Coordinator of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. “This will be a day to take stock of the threats to our communities and discuss how best to defend against them.”

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The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice reacts to Election Results

Advocates vow to continue fighting for the rights of New Jersey immigrants

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Contact: Johanna Calle, 973-474-9850

Trenton, NJ – Members of the Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) released the following statement today in reaction to the results of the National election for the Presidency of the United States (Spanish below):

The lack of progress for pro-immigrant policies at the federal level isn't new to our communities. Neither is the fear and concern we are hearing from citizens and immigrants alike. Our community has been under attack during this whole election season but immigrants are resilient fighters. As an Alliance we focus on our state because our communities need progress at every level of government, not just the federal. We need to continue to work for better, pro-immigrant policies for everyone in our cities, counties, state, and congress. We will fight the hateful rhetoric and inhumane policies about immigrants and refugees, and will support our communities through organizing. Our community members are here to stay, and we will fight until every area of our state reflects that. We urge those who aren't already involved in the movement to join a community organization near you, you can find our member organizations on our website. You can also join us at our upcoming Summit on December 10th to learn more about immigrants’ rights in New Jersey.

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Activistas inmigrantes de New Jersey continúan la lucha después de la decisión de la corte suprema sobre las acciones ejecutivas de inmigración

Para distribución inmediata: 23 de Junio de 2016

Trenton, NJ – Miembros de la Alianza para Derechos para Inmigrantes de New Jersey (NJAIJ) están decepcionados por la decisión de hoy de la corte suprema sobre las acciones ejecutivas de inmigración del presidente Obama.

La Alianza para Derechos de Inmigrantes de New Jersey ha estado trabajando para crear pólizas locales y al nivel estatal para mejorar las vidas de los inmigrantes del estado en la ausencia de una reforma migratoria federal. El Gobernador Christie también ha dejado su responsabilidad de atender a las necesidades de los residentes inmigrantes de New Jersey al negar las licencias para todos y servicios a refugiados. New Jersey tiene la quinta población inmigrante más grande del país y nuestro gobernador Christie se opone a pólizas pro-inmigrantes y apoya a una campaña política que es anti-inmigrante y promueve el odio y la intolerancia.

Mientras seguimos pidiendo que el congreso actué, la Alianza para Derechos de Inmigrantes de New Jersey continuará la lucha en New Jersey para apoyar a nuestras comunidades. Catorce municipios y seis condados ya han pasado resoluciones pidiendo que nuestra legislatura y gobernador actúen y pasen el Acto de Conductores Seguros y Responsables de New Jersey. Cinco ciudades han pasado ordenanzas creando identificaciones municipales para incluir a todos los miembros de la comunidad. Cinco ciudades han pasado ordenanzas para prevenir el robo de salario. Las comunidades inmigrantes se están organizando con el liderazgo y apoyo de nuestros miembros. Esta decisión es decepcionante,  está claro que más pólizas pro-inmigrantes deben ser creadas y pasadas al nivel local y estatal. La comunidad inmigrante es fuerte y llena de ganas de luchar por su derecho de vivir en sus comunidades con dignidad y respeto.

La orden ejecutiva del presidente Obama hubiera dado protección a millones de inmigrantes por la Acción Deferida para Padres de Americanos (DAPA) y la extensión de la Acción Diferida para los que llegaron cuando eran niños (DACA). New Jersey es el hogar de más de 400,000 inmigrantes indocumentados y la mitad hubiera calificado si la corte hubiera dado una decisión favorable. 

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New Jersey Immigrant Advocates continue to fight after The Supreme Court Decision on President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2016

Trenton, NJ – Members of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) are disappointed at today’s Supreme Court decision on the President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and vow to fight for relief for immigrant communities.

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice has been working to create local and statewide policies to improve the lives of immigrants in the state in the absence of meaningful federal immigration reforms. Governor Christie has also failed to fulfill his responsibility to address the needs of New Jersey immigrant residents by denying driver’s licenses for all and services for refugees. New Jersey has the fifth largest foreign born population in the country yet Governor Christie opposes immigrant friendly policies and supports political campaign that is anti-immigrant and spews hatred and intolerance.

And while we call for congress to act, the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice will continue to fight in New Jersey to support the needs of our communities. Fourteen municipalities and six counties have already passed resolutions urging our legislature and governor to act and pass the New Jersey Safe and Responsible Drivers Act. Five cities have passed ordinances creating municipal identification programs that are inclusive of all disenfranchised residents. Five cities have passed wage theft ordinances that hold businesses who don’t follow the law accountable for labor violations. Immigrant communities are organizing with the support and leadership of our Alliance members. While this decision is disappointing, it is clear that more pro-immigrant policies need to be created and passed on the local and state levels. Immigrant communities are resilient and filled with the drive to fight for their rights to live in their communities with dignity and respect. 

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More Than Fifty Immigrant Rights Organizations Urge Our Lawmakers to Reject Brief Opposing Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice is one of the organizations urging members of the House of Representatives to stand up against hate by voting no



Contact: Marlene Peralta, for NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice 646.601.4267

Beatriz Lopez, Beatiz.Lopez@seiu.org, 202-412-7396


WASHINGTON – Today, more than fifty immigrant rights organizations from across the country released an open letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to stand up against hate by voting against a resolution to be filed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). This resolution would authorize the House body to file an official amicus brief in the case pending before the Supreme Court (U.S. v. Texas) that challenges President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The signers of the letter include some of the largest Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and immigrant rights organizations, as well as labor and faith groups. The list includes the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, Center for Community Change, United We Dream, Faith in Public Life, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the National Immigration Law Center and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) among others.

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Ante el caso de gran trascendencia U.S. v. Texas, mas de 300 organizaciones pro-inmigrantes y de derechos civiles urgen a la Corte Suprema permitir el avance de los programas de alivio migratorio

La Alianza de Justicia para Inmigrantes de NJ es una de las entitades que firmaron un informe amicus brief en respaldo de la Acción Ejecutiva migratoria del Presidente Obama

Para publicación inmediata: Jueves 10 de marzo 2016

Trenton, NJ – La Alianza de Justicia Para Inmigrantes de Nueva Jersey (NJAIJ) se union a una diversa coalición de 326 organizaciones pro-inmigrantes, sindicales y de derechos civiles, que presentó un informe Amicus Curiae (Amigos de la corte) instando a que el Supremo levante la medida cautelar que bloqueó las acción ejecutiva migratoria anunciada por el Presidente Barack Obama en noviembre de 2014.

La expansión de la Acción Diferida para Padres de Ciudadanos Estadounidenses y Residentes Permanentes Legales (DAPA) y por la extensión del programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) fueron frenados por una corte de distrito en Texas, acción que fue posteriormente confirmada por la Corte de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito.

La acción ejecutiva del presidente ha quedado en limbo después de una demanda en su contra presentada por 26 estados. A finales del año pasado el gobierno federal apeló el caso ante el Tribunal Supremo.

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In Landmark Case, U.S. v. Texas, 326 Civil Rights, Immigration, and Community Groups Urge Supreme Court to Let Immigration Relief Programs Go Forward

NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice is one of the many organizations that signed the amicus brief featuring profiles of families whose lives would improve if immigration directives were allowed to take effect 

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice joined a diverse coalition of 326 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups in filing an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, urging the court to lift the injunction that blocked the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014.

The Obama administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as well as a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative were stopped by a federal district court in Texas, and that court’s order subsequently was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The lawsuit against the president’s executive actions was brought by 26 states. Late last year the federal government appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

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La Alianza de Justicia para Inmigrantes de NJ exhorta a que residentes reporten redadas por agentes de inmigración

La Alianza está enfocada en informar a la comunidad sobre sus derechos constitucionales en caso de encontrarse con agentes de ICE

Trenton, NJ – Miembros de la Alianza de Justicia para Inmigrantes de Nueva Jersey le recuerda que habrá una serie de talleres informativos u otros esfuerzos para educar a la comunidad inmigrante sobre sus derechos constitucionales en caso de cualquier interacción con agentes de la agencia de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas, conocida por sus siglas en inglés como ICE.

La Alianza ofrece una lista de recursos en nuestra página web que incluye organizaciones que ofrecen ayuda legal y tarjetas tamaño bolsillo tituladas “conozca sus derechos”, las cuales se pueden imprimir para llevar consigo en todo momento. Las tarjetas han sido distribuidas por miembros de NJAIJ desde enero y serán repartidas en los talleres pautados durante el mes de febrero y marzo. Toda la información está disponible en ingles y en español.

La Alianza también ha creado un formulario que miembros de la comunidad pueden llenar para reportar si han visto o han sido afectados por redadas. La información será estrictamente confidencial.

Las tácticas agresivas de agentes de ICE en el estado Jardín se han convertido en casos comunes, lo que ha generado pánico entre familias y niños inmigrantes, especialmente despues de algunos arrestos cuestionables que han sido reportados por medios de comunicación en las últimas semanas. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional anunció en diciembre que comenzaría una nueva ola de redadas y deportaciones a nivel nacional, y aunque sostienen que Nueva Jersey no es uno de sus áreas de enfoque, miembros de nuestra comunidad han reportado haber visto o estado en contacto con agentes de inmigración en distintos puntos del estado.


Para mas información visite la página web de la Alianza de Justicia para Inmigrantes de NJ haciendo click aquí.