Immigration Advocacy Groups Protest In Newark Over Proposed Detention Facility

NEWARK, N.J. (AP/CBSNewYork) — Immigration advocacy groups waving signs and dressed in orange prison jumpsuits marched more than three miles across Newark today to protest a proposed immigration detention facility that will likely be built in New Jersey.

Steve Sandberg With Angry Protesters in Newark

Chants of “education, not deportation” could be heard from the crowd. “That is entirely unfair, unjust, and inhumane,” one protester shouted. Another cried, “detention is never the best way,” 1010 WINS” Steve Sandberg reported.

“They are going to try to build a jail here in Newark … to criminalize the immigrant community,” rally organizer Jorge Torres told WCBS880’s Levon Putney.

Protest Organizer Shares His Feelings With Levon Putney

Federal immigration officials said December that the details of a service agreement were being worked out for a 2,700-bed facility in Essex County. A spokesman for Essex County said this week the agreement has not yet been finalized.

The protesters marched from Newark’s federal building to the Essex County Correctional Facility. The existing detention facility there will likely be expanded to accommodate additional detainees.

Protest organizers say there are more humane and cost-effective solutions to immigrant detention, such as releasing people to their families while they await legal proceedings.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  • Sal Jr.

    I have little to no sympathy for ILEGAL immegrants. My grandfather came to America, on a wooden steamship in 1911, LEGALLY. He had a family and built a life and, by the way, had to pay for everything he had; no entitlements then. Because of him I’m here. Thanks Grandpa!

  • Auburn Dale

    Here’s a thought…

    If they love this country so much, then they should OBEY ITS LAWS. Simple, eh?

  • Brittanicus


    Just like the Great Land Rush of the 19th century, hundreds of thousands even millions of illegal aliens will be fleeing different States enacting policing laws. Idaho, Florida Utah, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota and of course the great State of Arizona, who is battling for survival in the biased-oriented court system.,In swarms they will be loading their trucks, packing their families and leaving less hospitable locations. They are heading they think to other States with easy welfare pickings, with brought and sold legislators where the laws are not enforced. Even the cash strapped, Sanctuary State of California has numerous counties ready to embark with E-Verify, as a mandatory verification warning to foreign nationals you better not apply for a job here, as the business owner is unlikely to take the risk of losing his business license. Other States are introducing laws including the federal 287 (g) law to train local police in arrest and detain suspicious individuals on hold for ICE agents.

  • Tiah

    Well, I certainly believe MORE jails is the LAST thing we need. We already lock up more people than any other country. And now that jail is commercialized, we have companies profiting off of locking people up. Most people who already are locked up are in for non-violent crimes. And they are disproportionately non-white. This is just the new racism, plain and simple. It’s disgusting. Did anybody ask the common people what they thought before even starting these negotiations? This is just a case in point of how our representative version of democracy is not really democratic to the actual people.

  • jeff

    Sr. Jorge Torres and all who support him,

    You have stated the situation correctly, except for 1 “tiny” point – “They are going to try and build a jail here in Newark …… TO HOLD AND I HOPE DEPORT PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENTERED THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY, ILLEGALLY, ILLEGALLY,….. Stop trying to scare immigrants who have come to this country the correct way – immigration laws and facilities affecting people who are illegally in the country have nothing to do legal immigrants.

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