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New Jersey Immigrant Advocates Push Biden to Pass Immigration Reform

Plus: Immigrant mothers pressure Gillibrand to support path to citizenship, and NJ communities support Haitian relief efforts

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President Biden visited New Jersey on Monday, and while he was greeted by many supporters, he also faced difficult questions from immigration activists who demanded that a pathway to citizenship be passed soon for millions of undocumented immigrants. Activists expressed discontent with the Biden administration’s treatment of asylum seekers at the border and the continuation of immigration detention and deportations. “The only thing we’ve been able to depend on from the Biden-Harris Administration so far is disappointment,” said Helen Zamora-Bustos of Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center. Patch

In other local immigration news…

Immigrant Mothers Pressure Gillibrand to Support Path to Citizenship

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Around 20 immigrant New Yorkers protested in front of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) Third Avenue office on Friday evening to demand she support a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented individuals in the budget reconciliation package. The protest was organized by Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an East Harlem organization which consists primarily of immigrant mothers. Many attendees held signs saying “support citizenship,” and also shouted phrases like “Gillibrand, listen to us — we are here fighting.” The gathering is one of many ongoing protests around the country demanding Democrats ignore a Senate ruling against including a path to citizenship in the budget. Read more at Documented.

New Jersey Communities Come Together to Help in Haitian Relief Efforts

New Jersey has the fourth highest Haitian immigrant population in the United States. These strong ties to the Haitian community have recently led many state residents to support relief efforts in Haiti after earthquakes and political upheaval. New Jersey activists and organizations like the Haitian Community Development Organization of Camden and New Jersey for Haiti have made contact with local leaders to help organize donation drives to gather supplies such as hygiene products, bottled water and toiletries, and monetary donation. Courier Post

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