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Elizabeth, NJ -- December 10th, 2013 :: During the week that Congress will close for 2013 without having passed an immigration reform bill, a group of Jersey residents have locked themselves together in the street that serves as an entrance to the Elizabeth Detention Center (625 Evans St.) to protest the President's deportation arbitrary quota policy and call on him to stop removals and expand deferred action instead.
"We can't let more families to be separated. We can't wait for Congress. After what I saw my family go through I want to help other families that are in the same situation," explains Rosa Santana, who migrated to the US after Hurricane Mitch hit her home country of Honduras and who's aunt and uncle were deported.
The action is the latest in a series of civil disobediences that have exposed the harm caused by current immigration policy and urged the President to act. In the midst of a pending snowstorm and on International Human Rights Day, they say they want to bring visibility to those in the Detention Center and to the people suffering from current policies like the Secure Communities deportation program.
Without further executive action, the President will hit the record of 2,000,000 people deported in the near future. But participants say there is still time for Obama to turn his policies around.
"We're doing everything in our power to stop deportations," says Carlos Canales of Casa Freehold. "We're out here in the cold hoping I that President Obama's heart softens, and understands that immigrants are here to work and help our families."
#Not1More Deportation in New Jersey. International Human Rights Day Blockade! from R. Evolution Productions on Vimeo :: https://vimeo.com/81469004#
Ilana Rossoff is a community organizer from Morristown, NJ....
Diana Mejia came to the United States in 1991 as an undocumented immigrant. She is an organizer and immigrant rights organizer with Wind of the Spirit....
Marguerita 'Rita' Jane Dentino is the director of Casa Freehold. At almost 70 years old, she has been an immigrant rights activist her whole life....
Daniel Goldstein is a professor of anthropology at Rutgers University and is a volunteer on the board of Casa Freehold, a day laborer rights organization in Freehold, New Jersey....
Ligia S. Trujillo is an immigrant from Bogota, Colombia....
Carlos Canales is an immigrant rights organizer with Casa Freehold in Freehold, New Jersey. He is an immigrant himself from El Salvador, who traveled here undocumented in 1986....
Jorge Torres was born in Ecuador, where he had his first experience seeing inequality, particularly in the way indigenous people in his town were treated. He is an film maker, and an immigrant rights organizer....
Roberto Lopez lives in Kearny, New Jersey, working as an independent writer for Spanish language newspapers and is an organizer with Unidad Latina en Acción New Jersey.
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The organizers of the day's event were comprised of Vientos del Espiritu, Action 21, Casa Freehold, NJCU, Pax Christi, & Unidad Latina en Accion NJ.
The press release may be read here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/casa-esperanza/press-release-for-not1more-vigil-at-elizabeth-detention-center-12-10-13/10152046220663537
The facebook event is archived here: https://www.facebook.com/events/231979670308987
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