Immigrants, Advocates Condemn Governor Murphy’s Delay on Banning New ICE Detention — ICE Extends its Contract With Private Jailer in Elizabeth

Aug. 17, 2021

“This bill to me symbolizes what New Jersey should stand for and is a step forward to end our participation with an inhumane detention system that has caused harm to me and my family and made it extremely hard for me to fight my asylum case. I will never be able to see justice for what I was subjected to in detention, but this bill will bring some healing to me, my family, and New Jersey,” said Carlos Sierra with Friends Friends of NJ & NY, a political refugee from Cuba in 1989, formerly in ICE detention in Essex County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Sierra is now enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at the Bergen County Community College and the Aspiring Scholars and Professionals Program at Princeton University."

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