Far too many New Jerseyans fear that a visit to an emergency room, a routine interaction with law enforcement, or even a school drop-off could result in deportation and family separation. New Jersey must end its facilitation of ICE operations in our state and deliver a fair and welcoming New Jersey for all of us, regardless of immigration status. Call on your legislators to support the Values Act (A1986/S512) to provide critical protections that allow New Jerseyans to seek support from State and local agencies without fear of deportation. Take action here.
At one point during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey jails and prisons had the highest death and infection rates in the nation. Together, NJAIJ members and partners won an incredible victory: banning new ICE detention agreements and the whirlwind shut down each of the county-run ICE jails. But Elizabeth Detention Center, a private ICE jail run by CoreCivic, and the most notorious of New Jersey's ICE sites, continues to operate until Summer 2023. On top of the countless scandals that have come out of EDC, jails and prisons have no capacity to socially distance or provide proper pandemic precautions. Public health professionals have also concluded that COVID-19 cases within ICE detention also exacerbates the pandemic in local communities where detention facilities are located. It's beyond time for New Jersey to be done with ICE detention. Take action here.
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