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.