Equal Access to Lawyers for People in ICE Detention Facing Deportation
Immigration detention is cruel, unnecessary, and puts lives at risk. When people are detained and denied a lawyer simply because they can't afford to pay, they're less likely to win their freedom, reunite with their families, and face a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.
We're urging the NJ Legislature to maintain $8.2 million in funding for the Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI), as Governor Murphy did in his proposed budget. This program provides legal representation for detained immigrants facing deportation who can't afford a lawyer. Without this support, most will be forced to wait for their hearings in immigration detention and fight their cases alone. With lawyers by their side, people are more likely to be released on bond to await their hearings and win their deportation cases.
Urge lawmakers to maintain support for the state's Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative.
Governor Phil Murphy
Your State Assembly Member
Your State Senator