Protesters Demonstrate Outside Immigrant Detention Center

ELIZABETH — On Sunday, protesters demonstrated outside an Elizabeth warehouse building that was converted into the privately-administered Elizabeth Detention Center, where immigrants are held while waiting for the federal government to determine their immigration status or while awaiting repatriation. The demonstrators are calling for the end to the system of mass detention of immigrants, and for humane conditions for immigrants in detention as part of a national campaign, “Dignity, Not Detention: Preserving Human Rights and Restoring Justice,” led by the Detention Watch Network.

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1 comment for “Protesters Demonstrate Outside Immigrant Detention Center

  1. yehlingling
    October 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I am a naturalized citizen of Chinese descent who
    used to prepare immigration applications. I am saddened
    that till this day, there still are American citizens who oppose
    measures to secure our borders. Israel, Mexico, China and
    other countries are serious about curbing illegal immigration.
    Why should the U.S. be different?

    Some immigrants are great assets to the U.S. The hard truth
    is that adding 3 million people every year to the U.S., driven
    mostly by legal and illegal immigration and children born here
    of foreign-born nationals, essentially means more jobseekers,
    students, patients, welfare recipients, etc. The U.S. now is
    the greatest debtor nation in the world. Isn’t it irresponsible
    to continue an immigration policy adopted in the 1965 when
    we were the most prosperous country? Should we continue to
    borrow from China and other countries to finance our
    infrastructure and pay for unemployment and welfare checks?
    Why not enact some sort of immigration moratorium so that we have a chance to address unemployment and other problems which are not caused, but are exacerbated by exploding population growth?

    YEH Ling-Ling
    Exectuve Director
    Alliance for a Sustainable USA

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