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Children Speak Out on 7/6 in Newark, NJ

July 5, 2011

 

 

 

Contact: Alix Nguefack, American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights  Program, 973-943-0343

July 1, 2011

Press Advisory

As families throughout the nation wind down their Independence Day celebrations, children step up to share their stories of separation and loss of parents due to our broken immigration system

Children speak out to remind us that they too are entitled to the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

What: A Press Conference where children will give testimonies of their fears and sadness resulting from the detention and deportation of their parents

Who: Children affected by immigration detention and deportation, and their advocates

When: July 6, 2011, 11a.m.

Where: Peter Rodino Federal Building, 970 Broad Street, Newark, NJ

Background:

Nearly 1 in 10 American families are of mixed immigration status, where at least one parent is a non-citizen, and at least one child a citizen.  Between 1997 and 2007, more than 100,000 children (mostly U.S. citizens) have been separated from a legal permanent resident parent who was deported.  Last June, a group of 50 children and their parents testified in front of Members of Congress in Washington DC to bring attention to the devastating impact of deportation.

On July 6th these children and their families will repeat their demands for fair and humane immigration policies that focus on keeping families together. After the press conference, children and advocates will visit their Members of Congress in their district offices. Children and advocates will ask their Representatives to support policies that focus on family unity, and to co-sponsor the Child Citizen Protection Act (H.R. 250, which allows Immigration Judges to exercise discretion based on the best interest of minor children when deciding on the deportation of a parent). They will also ask President Obama and Congress to keep their promise and create fair and humane immigration policies.

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