Resist the Deportation Machine - A Coalition of NJ Social Justice & Immigrant Rights Groups Working to End Immigration Detention and All Cooperation with ICE in NJ

Dear Governor Murphy,

We, the undersigned activist and social justice groups, are calling on you to exercise your emergency power to immediately release all people held pursuant to intergovernmental service agreements with ICE in the county jails and all those held at the Elizabeth Detention Center. We stand in solidarity with, ACLU-NJ, American Friends Service Committee- Newark People’s Organization for Progress, and other criminal justice advocates that have already called for the immediate release of as many inmates in New Jersey’s penal facilities as possible. We call on you to release on parole all non-violent prisoners, all elderly or sick prisoners and all prisoners nearing their release.

We call on you to act swiftly in the interest of public health and safety, not only for those in the jails and the detention center, but also for the public at large. In order to control the spread of the virus, it is imperative that these people be released and not simply transferred to another detention facility hundreds of miles away.

The threat of a coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey’s jails and the Elizabeth Detention Center is imminent. People locked up in immigration detention are extremely vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease due to their deprivation of liberty, deteriorating health while in detention, physical proximity to others who may be infected, and the track record of inadequate medical care in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) custody. Over three thousand medical professional demanded on March 19 that ICE release the detainees now. Doctors employed by DHS itself have warned of “tinderbox” spread unless the detainees are released.

Jails and detention centers are not sealed environments. They require significant outside staffing in rotating shifts. The concentration of people, plus the rotation of people from different parts of the community through these facilities, makes them much more vulnerable. In addition, what happens within the jail is sure to spread to the local community.

The coronavirus will take the path of least resistance to spread. It is your duty to protect the entire community by clearing the jails of all those who can be released without endangering public safety. We urge you to fulfill this duty immediately.


Bergen College Socialists

Bergen County Immigration Strategy Group

Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War

Close The Camps NJ

Cosecha NJ

Decarcerate the Garden State

Elizabeth NJ Catholic Worker

Freedom Socialist Party

Green Party of Monmouth County NJ

Green Party of New Jersey

Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast

Haitian Bridge Alliance

Hoffman for Senate 2020

Hudson For All


Indivisible NJ5

Jews Against ICE New Jersey

Jobs and Equal Rights for All

Lazos America Unida

Never Again Action New Jersey

Never Again Newark

New Jersey Jewish Coalition for Refugees

New Jersey Peace Action

New Jersey Progressive Democrats of Union County

Nichelle Velazquez, 2019 Jobs and Equal Rights for All Candidate for the NJ State Assembly, 29th Legislative District

NJ Anti-War Agenda

NJ State Industrial Union Council

NJ Unitarian Universalist Faith Action

North Jersey DSA Immigrant Justice Working Group

Occupy Bergen County

Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth

Our Revolution Passaic County

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Pax Christi NJ

Radical Women

Reformed Church of Highland Park

Resist the Deportation Machine

St. Peter's University Social Justice Program

Students For Justice Maplewood/South Orange

Sunrise Movement Morris County

The Students for Justice Club at Columbia High School

Unidad Latina en Accion

Welcome Home Jersey City

Who's signing

Joshua McLeod
Shauna Stanley
Mary Gallagher
Austin McCaffrey
Sea Parsons
Daniella Matthews-Trigg
Mia Stange
Marinus Broekman
Carol Hoffman
Andy Sapora
Carinne Murphy
Melanie Vasa
Monica Indart
Nate Hutchinson
Terri Suess
Kax Petkovich
Suzy J
Dahlia Herzog
Jacob Fugger
Leo Valdes
Diane Moxley
Jennifer Ayala
Matt Dragon
Sally Jane Gellert
Kathy O'Leary
Matt Smith
James Devine
Dallas Mitchell
Michelle Fine
500 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 211 reactions

  • Joshua McLeod
    signed 2020-03-23 15:43:02 -0400
  • Shauna Stanley
    signed 2020-03-23 15:38:28 -0400
    Shauna Stanley
  • Mary Gallagher
    signed 2020-03-23 15:24:49 -0400
  • Austin McCaffrey
    signed 2020-03-23 15:19:41 -0400
  • Vidisha
    signed 2020-03-23 15:05:57 -0400
  • Sea Parsons
    signed 2020-03-23 14:49:18 -0400
    Sea Parsons
  • Daniella Matthews-Trigg
    signed 2020-03-23 14:44:33 -0400
  • Mia Stange
    signed 2020-03-23 14:43:15 -0400
  • Marinus Broekman
    signed 2020-03-23 14:39:24 -0400
  • Carol Hoffman
    signed 2020-03-23 14:37:29 -0400
  • Andy Sapora
    signed 2020-03-23 14:35:11 -0400
  • Carinne Murphy
    signed 2020-03-23 14:34:42 -0400
  • Melanie Vasa
    signed 2020-03-23 14:34:06 -0400
  • Monica Indart
    signed 2020-03-23 14:34:03 -0400
    This petition has my full support. As a clinical psychologist who provides services to immigrants, refugees and asylees, and has worked with people in detention, I believe it is a inhumane, a grave medical and psychological risk, and a violation of basic human rights to continue to detain immigrants in ICE detention centers.
  • Nate Hutchinson
    signed 2020-03-23 14:31:27 -0400
  • Terri Suess
    signed 2020-03-23 14:29:32 -0400
  • Kax Petkovich
    signed 2020-03-23 14:24:40 -0400
    I am on call to volunteer/donate/help in any possible way 24/7! Contact me 201-749-2587 or kaxamdays@gmail.com !
  • Suzy J
    signed 2020-03-23 14:17:48 -0400
  • Dahlia Herzog
    signed 2020-03-23 14:15:35 -0400
  • Jacob Fugger
    signed 2020-03-23 14:10:19 -0400
  • Leo Valdes
    signed 2020-03-23 14:08:46 -0400
    Leo D Valdes
  • Diane Moxley
    signed 2020-03-23 14:03:07 -0400
    Please add the Green Party of New Jersey, and myself as an individual, Diane Moxley, Garwood. Thank you!
  • Jennifer Ayala
    signed 2020-03-23 13:56:17 -0400
  • Matt Dragon
    signed 2020-03-23 13:38:43 -0400
  • Sally Jane Gellert
    signed 2020-03-23 13:02:07 -0400
    I am glad to see the agreement to release some people from the county jails, and particularly AG Grewal’s assertion this afternoon that the release will include assurances that they have a safe place to go and the medical care that they need. A good start to the reforms we need.
  • Kathy O'Leary
    signed 2020-03-23 12:34:04 -0400
    There are ongoing hunger strikes at three faciltiies, namely, the Essex County Jail, the Husdon County Jail and the Elizabeth Detention Center protesting their continued confinement. These are civil inmates. They are being held because they are suspected of being in violation of violating immigration law. They are not provided with the necessary supplies to maintain basic personal hygiene under normal circumstances, let alone the supplies to disinfect spaces of confinement during a global pandemic. These facilities are notorious for delaying and denying medical care in the best of times. It is the humane thing to do and it is also an important measure to implement to protect the health of the detainees and the community at large.

    Kathy O’Leary
  • Matt Smith
    signed 2020-03-23 12:30:59 -0400
  • James Devine
    signed 2020-03-23 12:29:37 -0400
  • Dallas Mitchell
    signed 2020-03-23 12:27:29 -0400
  • Michelle Fine
    signed 2020-03-23 12:26:49 -0400