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Jewish Clergy Support Immigrants on Hunger Strike

Immigrant detainees at New Jersey's Bergen County Jail are demanding to be released amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Rabbis and clergy came together on Friday in front of New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail to support seven immigrant detainees’ hunger strike. The strike, which started Nov. 13, is the second hunger strike to occur in the jail this month. The detainees want to wait for the results of their deportation cases at home with their families, as there is a high risk of contracting COVID-19 in the jail. Bergen County generates millions of dollars every year by contracting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold immigrant detainees. About 200 people are being held at the jail due to alleged immigration violations. Forward

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