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Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and South Orange Rabbi Daniel Cohen Join Hundreds at Immigration Protest Rally In Elizabeth

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Rabbi Daniel Cohen (far right) of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, with four other local rabbis.
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Sen. Cory Booker leads crowd at the immigration protest at the Elizabeth Detention Center. Credits: Fran Sullivan
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ELIZABETH, NJ – United States Senator Cory Booker, along with State Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, added his voice to the hundreds who gathered at the Elizabeth Detention Center on Evans Street to protest President Trump’s executive order on immigration, Jan. 29.

Also joining the protest were Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and Rabbi Daniel Cohen, who is the senior rabbi at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange.

De Luca posted to his Facebook page, "I am so proud to have joined dozens of SOMA residents at the Elizabeth protest against the Trump ban on refugees and other immigrants."

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Booker told the cheering crowd, “I am committed as your senator to fighting every day in Washington. The power of the people is greater than the people in power. We have to stay engaged. We are activists, not re-activists.”

He added, “The day is over but the battle is not.”

An estimated 800 protesters circled the road in front of the Detention Center, chanting, “this is what democracy looks likes,” “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” and “no people united will ever be defeated.”    

Chanah Orenstein, an 89-year-old resident of Union and first generation American, sat by the side of the road, holding a sign, and chanting along with the crowd. “I am waiting for a group of psychiatrists to commit Donald Trump,” she told a bystander. “He is not sane.”

The crowd passing in front of her expressed their opinions in the signs they carried, such as “No Ban, No Wall,” “Remember the Constitution,” and “Anne Frank was Denied Entry.”  

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