Immigrant Detention Deportations include more criminals

 Immigration authorities in New Jersey and nationwide have stepped up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.

Activists on opposing sides of the immigration issue criticized immigration officials' characterization of the statistics as evidence that they are tackling immigration successfully. The AFSC's Amy Gottlieb weighs in.

Dignity Not Detention Vigil & Supper, Elizabeth, NJ

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

12th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Vigil at Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ.

This event is part of the Day of Action of the Dignity Not Detention Campaign, a project of the Detention Watch Network.

Vigil will be followed by a Spagetti Supper and Teach-In at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 899 East Jersey St. Elizabeth, NJ.

Donations suggested

Dignity Not Detention March, Freehold, NJ

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

March from the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office to the Hall of Records.

On October 6th, please join us in New Jersey in calling for Dignity, Not Detention!

October 6th marks the anniversary of a report that recognized the need for serious reform of the immigration detention system.

Join us as we come together on the anniversary of the ICE reform announcement to raise public awareness about deportations and detentions in record numbers through actions and press events across the country. Immigrant guide on raids, deportation stirs debate

A countywide public school network for at-risk children is encouraging teachers to address students’ concerns about immigration raids and deportations — an effort that’s receiving mixed reviews from law enforcement agencies. Benjamin Prado of the AFSC's San Diego office weighs in.

Liberation and Resistance to Immigrant Detention

Advocates Gather in Song and Solidarity in front of the GEO Immigration Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado

By Jennifer Piper, AFSC Colorado Interfaith Organizing Director for Immigrant Rights

More than 60 faith and community members joined together on Labor Day, demonstrating their resistance to the continued detention of workers, mothers and fathers. For over a year, faith and community groups have taken turns hosting the monthly vigil, sponsored by AFSC, creating a community of immigrants and citizens opposed to immigrant detention.

Vigil on Labor Day 2010 at GEO Detention Center, Aurora CO

Vigilers for immigrant rights greet motorists on Peoria Street outside the GEO I

Vigilers for immigrant rights greet motorists on Peoria Street outside the GEO Immigrant Detention Center in Aurora, Colorado. AFSC helps organize monthly interfaith vigils at the detention center. Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in NH

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke at a Republican fundraiser in Nashua, N.H., on his efforts to give local authorities power to enforce immigration laws. The AFSC's Maggie Fogarty weighs in.

Nashua NH Telegraph: AZ sheriff in town to address GOP

Protesters from several immigration and civil rights advocacy groups will greet Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the subject of a federal civil rights probe, when he comes to Nashua this week to speak at a Republican fundraiser.

Denver Westword blog: Immigration Center protesters target new Obama policy

While most of us relaxed and had fun on Labor Day,  approximately sixty people affiliated with organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and Comite en Defensa del Pueblo protested immigration policy at Aurora's GEO Detention Center, as they've done since last year.

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