On Sunday over 125 faith leaders, children, families and concerned community members marched through Newark, New Jersey to oppose the expansion of a controversial immigrant detention center.
Ralph Caputo, vice president of the freeholder board went on the record saying “this is a very unpleasant way to get revenue, but it’s going to be helpful”, causing concerned community members to question who would benefit from the deal. A handful of marchers held signs on Sunday read “Ralph Caputo: Detention is not ‘helpful’ for immigrants.” This point was driven home as community members stood up to testify to their own time spent in Essex County detention. Many of the immigrants detained (sometimes for years) in these facilities have no criminal charges, rather they have lapsed visas or other civil violations.
Sunday’s march brought even more attention to the fight the local community is waging against using immigrants for profit and county freeholders are facing ever stronger opposition. Sign Kathy’s petition and join the the fight.
Further coverage of the march:
- New York Daily News: Private immigration jails make big bucks locking up the poor
- Newark Star Ledger: Newark protest calls for Essex County to stop immigration housing deal
- South Orange Patch: Activists Hit Pavement Over County Immigration Deal[also see video]
- Pastor Moacir Weirch from St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church
- Daniel Cummings – Monmouth County Coalition for Immigrants Rights
- Marching to Wilson Ave. School
- Sally Pillay – IRATE & First Friends in front of Wilson Ave. School
- Frank Lopez a member of The Peace Poets performing a piece about immigration detention for profit