The detention and deportation of immigrants, many of whom are the financial and emotional support for their families, has serious negative impacts on families and communities across New Jersey and the U.S.
When low-income families do not have access to competent immigration counsel, they cannot take advantage of the laws meant to protect them, and they often do not know if they have valid challenges to deportation.
This report shows the human cost of rising immigration arrests across the state and the impact that free, legal representation can have on keeping families together and fighting deportation alone.
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, American Friends Service Committee, Make the Road New Jersey, New Jersey Policy Perspective, Seton Hall Law School Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic
Members of the emerging coalition on immigrant legal defense in New Jersey also include:
Rutgers Law School Immigrant Rights Clinic, UU FaithAction NJ, and
First Friends of NJ/NY