Other NJ News

ICE Says Raids Targeted Gang Members; New Brunswick’s Immigrant Community Rattled

b960d12920775e11bb64_ice_raid_stock.jpg
Stock photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons
b960d12920775e11bb64_ice_raid_stock.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A series of raids by immigration authorities yesterday in New Brunswick resulted in six arrests for civil immigration violations, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Those arrested are members or associates of transnational gangs,” the spokesperson, Luis Martinez, said of raids conducted by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division. “HSI regularly conducts gang enforcement operations across the country to enhance public safety.”

But a prominent activist in New Brunswick’s immigrant community told TAPinto New Brunswick that authorities detained roughly 10 people during their April 20 tour through the city.

Sign Up for E-News

Teresa Vivar of LAZOS America Unida, a pro-Latino nonprofit group, has said the raids began around 5:30 a.m. and targeted a number of people in different parts of the city.

Federal immigration officials declined to provide additional information regarding who was arrested, how many people were detained and the reasons for the actions.

Vivar, meanwhile, posted a series of Facebook videos detailing what authorities have labeled “enforcement actions.” She described how three New Brunswick men were taken into custody and that one woman was detained but then released to await a letter from ICE.

The activist has been working with lawyers and detainees’ family members.

She urged immigration officials to avoid detaining people without a warrant.

“You have the power now, but someday you will feel alone and sad and in need of support,” she said in a Facebook video. “And I hope if you show mercy to others, somebody will show mercy to you, and somebody will support you.”

In another post, Vivar described the sense of fear that has since gripped New Brunswick’s population of undocumented immigrants.

Children, she said, have refused to attend school for fear of detention. Parents worry they might become detained and cut off from their families, she said.

“It’s hard for these kids, as it’s hard for everyone in the community,” Vivar said, fighting back tears. “It’s hard to be scared. It’s hard to feel this alone.”

Whether or when ICE plans to conduct more raids in New Brunswick is unclear.

Roughly 40 percent of the city’s population is comprised of immigrants. How many are undocumented is anyone’s guess.

The large immigrant presence here has helped to make the city a hotbed of dissent against President Donald Trump and his plans to deport undocumented immigrants.

Local activists and community organizers have spent much time advocating for New Brunswick to declare itself a “sanctuary city”—a sort of safe haven for immigrants—or adopt policies consistent with that vision.

City Hall, meanwhile, has pledged its support for its undocumented residents. Earlier this year, the New Brunswick Police Department released a written directive barring officers from working with ICE agents, except to maintain safety or arrest those with criminal warrants.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_a06540d90fee040ea766_storymakers_june

Wed, June 20, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Story Makers

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, June 20, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

The Masterwork Chorus Launches 19th Summer Sing ...

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_5805f638cda07d25a384_pool_openings_2018

Sat, June 23, 12:00 PM

Rushmore Pool, Plainfield

Pool Openings: Rushmore

Community Calendar Sports

Local at-risk youth celebrate year of achievements at Community Access Unlimited

June 18, 2018

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) last night celebrated the achievements of a number of at-risk youth who are members of the agency's Transitional Opportunities Program (TOP). Each of these youth are within New Jersey's child services system and faced a number of life challenges before coming to CAU and TOP and since then have made significant progress in plotting a brighter future with ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

SRO'S - ENSEÑANDO POR EJEMPLO

June 17, 2018

Hay un grupo de oficiales de policía que les dan un servicio a nuestra comunidad de una manera notable. Todos los días estos hombres y mujeres se levantan, van al trabajo, y aseguran que nuestros hijos aprendan en un ambiente seguro. Los llamamos Oficiales de Recursos Escolares, pero son mucho más. 

Si llegas a la oficina de los Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en la ...

Empleando Nuestra Juventud 

Querido Plainfield, 

Todos esperan el verano; los días son más calientes y largos, y la madre tierra se pone su mejor vestido mientras las frutas se maduran en el sol y las flores ondean un alegre "hola". La gente comienzan los paseos de la playa o piscina, y las juntas de barbacoa en los patios son necesarios en los fines de semanas.

Aquí en la ciudad de ...

Meet Toran Smith: Union County All Star

June 18, 2018

Plainfield resident, Toran Smith, age 16, has been selected to play on the 2018 Union County underclassmen all star team.  On June 10th, the Union County All-Stars played against the Hudson County All-Stars at Kean University.  Smith played third baseman. 

Smith, a junior at Union County Vo-Tech magnet high school, is a Junior infielder on the Plainfield Cardinals Varsity ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)

 

I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...