THIS EVENT IS ORGANIZED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Jersey Justice Action Network (JJAN), Citizen Initiative of Bergen County, NJ (CIBC), First Friends of New Jersey (FFNYNJ), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
WHAT IS IMMIGRATION DETENTION?
Immigration detention is the practice of incarcerating immigrants while they await a determination of their immigration status or potential deportation. In 2013, the United States government detained approximately 441,000 people in a sprawling system of over 200 immigration jails across the country. Some of them are in New Jersey where local advocates are noticing an unprecedented increase of immigrants detained in all local jails working with ICE! Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that runs the detention system, subcontracts the majority of detention space to county jails and private prison companies. The system also operates under a congressionally mandated quota that requires ICE to maintain 34,000 detention beds at any given time. This policy, known as the detention bed quota, is unprecedented; no other law enforcement agency operates on a quota system. Immigrants in detention include undocumented and documented immigrants, many who have been in the U.S. for years and are now facing exile, as well as survivors of torture, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups including children, pregnant women, and individuals who are seriously ill. Citizens of Bergen County must join the conversation and make their voice heard.
Johnson Public Library,
274 Main Street. Hackensack, NJ 07601
WHEN: February 11th, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
CONTACT: Chip @ (732) 757-9168, Susanne @ (201) 264-5959