We have a responsibility to care for the human dignity of every person that is incarcerated within the broken U.S. carceral and immigration system. During this pandemic, Faith in New Jersey is demanding that there is a responsible decarceration of our siblings as well as implementation of provisions to stop the spread of Covid-19 within our jails and immigration detention centers.
In a letter initiated by our coalition partner American Friends Service Committee-Immigrants Rights Project and signed by 46 organizations in total we call on ICE to urgently act to stop the spread of COVID-19. The measures demanded include a responsible release of all immigrant detainees currently in ICE custody within New Jersey, the suspension of all ICE check-ins, suspension of ICE enforcement activity throughout New Jersey, and the suspension of deportations and transfers of detainees.
Our immigrant neighbors that migrated to the U.S. seeking the Beloved Community; one of hope, opportunity, justice, and love require us to lift our voice to dismantle the carceral state more than ever. Their very lives depend on it.
Insider NJ article on the letter release can be found HERE.