Make New Jersey Fair and Welcoming to all, protect families from deportation!

Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin

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On Thursday, November 29th, Attorney General Grewal issued a comprehensive "Immigrant Trust"  directive to build immigrant communities’ trust with local and state law enforcement with the issuance of an “Immigrant Trust” Directive 2018-6 to replace AG Directive 2007-03. However, this is only a first step towards limiting law enforcement from engaging in the enforcement of civil immigration laws by limiting their voluntary interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and preventing the Trump administration's cruel ‘zero tolerance’ policy that criminalizes migrant and immigrant families here in New Jersey. However, ICE response was to threaten and intimidate immigrant families in New Jersey with an increase in at large community and work place raids.

We call on Governor Murphy and legislative leadership to take action to end all state and local resources going towards ICE and CBP immigrant enforcement. We are witnessing the horrifying realities faced by migrants and immigrants due to draconian policies that detain families and separate children from their parents through detention and deportations. The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant and family separation policies have brought to light the cruelty of how ICE operates. New Jersey has the third highest percentage of immigrant population in the United States with thousands of immigrant families and children who are fearful of ICE detention and deportation. Children are traumatized by this separation and face uncertainty about their future.

New Jersey has a moral duty to provide a safe and welcoming refuge to all of our residents. In order to make New Jersey more fair and welcoming, our state leaders must make sure local and state resources are used for local and state purposes only, not for federal immigration enforcement.

We call on our Governor Murphy and legislative leadership, Senate President Sweeny and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, to declare New Jersey a Fair and Welcoming State by ensuring that no state, county, or local New Jersey agency, department, or law enforcement body is complicit in cruel and unjust detention and deportations.

  1. Our state and local taxpayer resources - including funds, facilities, equipment, and staff - should not be used for civil federal immigration enforcement

  2. Our state should prevent our local and state law enforcement from violating constitutional rights and ensure our limited local and state law enforcement resources are not used to support or participate in civil immigration enforcement activities with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

  3. Our immigrant families must feel comfortable interacting with state and local agencies, so we must ensure these agencies do not collect information that can be used for deportations and separation of families.

  4. Our families deserve to go to school, shelters, hospitals, court, police, and state agencies without fearing ICE’s presence in those spaces.

  5. Our local and state resources should not be used to detain our immigrant families for federal immigration enforcement purposes. As ICE and CBP continue to follow and carry out the Trump administration’s horrifying policies, New Jersey must not be a part of this system of family separations.  

  6. In addition, NJ should provide driver’s licenses for all so that people won’t have to fear that driving without a license will lead to a referral to ICE and family separation.




To: Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin
From: [Your Name]

Dear New Jersey State Leadership,

We are witnessing the horrifying realities faced by migrants and immigrants due to draconian policies that detain families and separate children from their parents through deportations. The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant and family separation policies have brought to light the cruelty of how ICE and CBP operate. New Jersey has the third largest immigrant population in the United States with thousands of immigrant families and children who are fearful of ICE detention and deportation. Children are traumatized by this separation and uncertainty over the future.

New Jersey has a moral duty to provide a safe and welcoming refuge to all of our residents. In order to make New Jersey more fair and welcoming, our state leaders must make sure local and state resources are used for local and state purposes only, not for federal immigration enforcement.

We call on our state leadership to declare New Jersey a Fair and Welcoming State by ensuring that no state, county, or local New Jersey agency, department, or law enforcement body is complicit in cruel and unjust detention and deportations.

Our state and local taxpayer resources - including funds, facilities, equipment, and staff - should not be used for civil federal immigration enforcement.

Our state should prevent our local and state law enforcement from violating constitutional rights and ensure our limited local and state law enforcement resources are not used to support or participate in civil immigration enforcement activities with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

Our immigrant families must feel comfortable interacting with state and local agencies, so we must ensure these agencies do not collect information that can be used for deportations and separation of families.

Our families deserve to go to school, shelters, hospitals, court, police, and state agencies without fearing ICE’s presence in those spaces.

Our local and state resources should not be used to detain our immigrant families for federal immigration enforcement purposes. As ICE and CBP continue to follow and carry out the Trump administration’s horrifying policies, New Jersey must not be a part of this system of family separations.

In addition, NJ should provide driver’s licenses for all so that people won’t have to fear that driving without a license will lead to a referral to ICE and family separation.