Immigrant leaders proclaim ‘we are here to stay,’ & NJ officials refuse to be complicit in human rights violations

NEWARK, NJ – In light of a deluge of draconian anti-immigrant policies — with particular targeting of Muslims — expected to be put in place through executive order Wednesday, January 25, by President Donald Trump, advocates, impacted communities, local leaders, and elected officials, including Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor, are joining together for a press conference at the Peter W. Rodino Federal Office Building in Newark at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 25. They will all unite to say: we are not afraid, and we will stand firm for the rights of all people here.

The anticipated executive orders— one addressing the border and another addressing immigration enforcement within U.S. — are expected to give the federal government enhanced powers to aggressively round up, jail, and deport immigrants. According to press reports, a key policy will deny government funds to any city that refuses to enforce this administration’s militant proposed anti-immigrant policies that raise constitutional concerns.


Press conference with advocates, immigrants, local leaders, and officials to say: we are not afraid, and we will fight for our rights.


  • New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, a broad-based statewide advocacy coalition
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey
  • Islamic Center of Passaic County
  • Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
  • East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor
  • Impacted refugees and immigrants
  • Other officials and leaders TBA


Peter W. Rodino Federal Office Building
970 Broad St. (at Court St.)
Newark, NJ 07102


Wednesday, January 25, 2017
5 p.m.

NJAIJ Member Organizations

1199SEIU | 32BJ SEIU | American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey | American Friends Service Committee | Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey | Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen | Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton | Centro Comunitario CEUS | Central Unitarian Church of Paramus - Social Action Committee | Community of Friends in Action | Drug Policy Alliance | El Centro Hispanoamericano | Faith in New Jersey | First Friends NJ & NY | Haiti Solidarity Network of the North East | Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey | Ironbound Community Corp. | Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) | Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund (LALDEF) | Make the Road New Jersey | National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter | New Jersey Communities United | New Jersey Policy Perspective | New Labor | New Jersey Working Families | OASIS | Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc. | Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ | Unitarian Society of Ridgewood | Wind of the Spirit, Immigrant Center