Anti-Trump protesters in Elizabeth resist attacks on immigrants
Demonstrators outside Elizabeth Detention Center
Angered by President Donald Trump’s sudden and unprecedented attack on refugees and immigrants, nearly 1,000 protesters from throughout New Jersey demonstrated in the wind-driven cold for hours Sunday outside a privately-operated, for profit prison in Elizabeth.
The march on the Elizabeth Detention Center–owned by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and operated under contract with the US Department of Homeland Security–was part of a national reaction of outrage against executive orders signed by Trump that suspended entry to the United States by Muslims–including those who were permanent residents of this nation.
“We must do everything we can to resist,” US Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th) told the demonstrators outside the prison in the factory section of the city adjacent to Newark Liberty Airport. Coleman, a member of House panels on homeland security and oversight, said those responsible for suspending entry into the country should be required to explain what they were doing.
So far, three federal judges have issued temporary restraining orders blocking some aspects of the executive orders aimed at Syrian refugees and Muslims from seven Middle East nations–but not from Saudi Arabia. Most of the 9/11 hijackers were from the Saudi kingdom, but Trump has business dealings with the oil-rich monarchy.
Coleman was joined by US Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th) who condemned Trump’s actions.