ELIZABETH, NJ - On the eve of Amazon’s two-day Prime Day event, hundreds of immigrant families will rally outside of Amazon’s warehouse in Elizabeth, in a show of power condemning the corporation’s ties to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Organizers say immigrant workers and families will deliver more than 200,000 petitions to Amazon demanding the company cut ties with ICE. In the immigrant-rich city of Elizabeth, the Amazon fulfillment center is located across the street from the ICE detention center, which currently detains 300 individuals facing deportation.
The protest will take place on Sunday, July 14, at noon, at the Amazon warehouse located at the corner of Dowd Ave. and Evans St, in Elizabeth.
According to Make the Road New Jersey, “in a moment when the federal government is caging children in horrendous conditions, Amazon provides key technology and data infrastructure to fuel the Trump administration’s deportation machine and bolstering the work of ICE. Immigrant members of Make the Road New Jersey - including families who have been detained by ICE - will call for Amazon to end its partnership with ICE and close any federal contracts that support the administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.”
The rally will also make its way across the street to the Elizabeth Detention Center, where immigrants, green card holders, and asylum seekers continue to be held as they face deportation.
The rally is one of several coordinated actions taking place across the New York tri-state area this weekend, building on a collective grassroots energy working to hold the corporation accountable.