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SOMA Justice to Lead Protest Against Trump Administration Immigration Policies June 28 at Elizabeth Detention Center

The South Orange-Maplewood-based grassroots organization SOMA Justice is organizing a protest of Trump Administration immigration policies — including family separations and a planned mass deportation — with an event at the Elizabeth Detention Center on June 28.

According to a release from SOMA Justice, “Families with kids of all ages will gather for a peaceful protest outside Elizabeth Detention Center to stand up against ICE and the Trump Administration’s plans to deport ‘millions’ of undocumented immigrants — especially families. We reject concentration camps and mass detention of civilians without trial. We will speak out about the deplorable conditions in which children are being held.”

Speakers will include representatives of Faith in NJ and First Friends of NJ/NY.

The protest is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28. The Elizabeth Detention Center is located at 625 Evans Street, Elizabeth, NJ.

Read the full release from SOMA Justice here:

New Jersey Families Call for End of Families in US Concentration Camps
Parents and children protest at Elizabeth Detention Center in support of immigrant families and asylum seekers

Families with kids of all ages will gather for a peaceful protest outside Elizabeth Detention Center to stand up against ICE and the Trump Administration’s plans to deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants — especially families. We reject concentration camps and mass detention of civilians without trial. We will speak out about the deplorable conditions in which children are being held.

Speakers will include representatives of Faith in NJ and First Friends of NJ & NY.

The group will sing songs and kids will write and draw postcard to be mailed to lawmakers. Parents and children will also hold signs with messages like: “Defund Hate”, and “No Kids In Cages”.

This action is being organized by SOMA Justice, a South Orange & Maplewood, NJ-based group for those who are passionate about racial justice and making SOMA safe for a variety of people through discussion, community-building, and direct action.

The New York Times has reported plans to house 1400 undocumented children who arrived in the United States without a parent or a legal guardian at Fort Sill, OK, an Army base used as a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

PBS.org reports, “Five children have died since late last year after being detained by the Border Patrol. Immigrants have been kept outside for extended periods near a bridge in El Paso in conditions that a professor who recently visited the location told the Texas Monthly magazine was like a “human dog pound.” And an Inspector General report last month found severe overcrowding inside an El Paso processing center, with 76 migrants packed into a tiny cell designed for a maximum of 12 people. Investigators saw immigrants standing on top of toilets to make room and find space to breathe because the cell was so cramped.”

We call on our lawmakers from New Jersey to work to end the zero tolerance policy and to ensure that every person who enters the United States—legally or illegally, is treated with human dignity.

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