No One Should Fight Deportation Alone

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This year, Governor Murphy has allocated $8.2 million in the state budget for continued and increased funding to this critical initiative, which will provide even more detainees with opportunity to have an attorney and a fair hearing. As New Jersey prepares to finalize decisions on the FY2022 state budget, we are seeking your help in amplifying support for this critical program. Please take action today and call your legislator using the script below!

After listening to the prompt, you will be connected to your legislators to leave a message:

Call Script:

Hi, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [city/zip code]. I’m calling to urge [name of legislator] to support immigrant families by funding legal defense for low-income detained immigrants in the state budget. Many people in immigration detention in New Jersey are forced to fight deportation without a lawyer, simply because they cannot afford one. This year, Governor Murphy has allocated $8.2 million in the FY2022 budget to expand access to free, appointed counsel for low-income individuals who are detained and facing deportation. In the first year of this initiative, detained immigrants represented by a state-funded attorney were three times more likely to win release than those who went unrepresented.

Deportations separate families, deplete our workforce, deprive New Jersey of tax revenue, inflict hardship, and weaken our communities. We urge the [Senator/Assemblymember] to ensure no one fight detention and deportation alone by supporting $8.2 million in the FY2022 budget for legal representation for low-income detained immigrants. Thank you for your time.

Thank you,

Eva Chaitman

Campaign Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee

Charles Loflin

Executive Director, UU FaithAction NJ