New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice Responds to Government Shutdown

For Immediate Release

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Newark, NJ-- In response to the government shutdown, Director of New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ), Johanna Calle, issued the following statement.

"New Jersey has the third largest immigrant population in the nation with over 17,000 DACA recipients who were brought to the U.S. without status as children. These DREAMers will lose their status if Congress does not pass a permanent solution. For months, the 800,000 DACA recipients across the nation have been anxiously awaiting a solution from Congress that has yet to come. A loss of status will mean an increased threat of deportation, separation from family, and leaving the only home they know.

DACA recipients are students and young professionals who support their mixed-status families. They are productive members of our country. We can no longer wait on more debate and back and forth from Congress as these young DREAMers’ and their families' lives hang in the balance. A clean DREAM act, which does not include funding for an unnecessary border wall or immigration enforcement, is the only acceptable solution to President Trump's termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

We call on Congress to act now to pass a clean DREAM Act. We also call on New Jersey’s congressional delegation to work with their colleagues to ensure it passes swiftly from both the Senate and House. Our communities have been living in fear for far too long. Congress must act now."