Tell Gov Murphy: Keep NJ Families Together by Fully Funding Immigrant Legal Defense

In 2018, New Jersey launched a new, publicly funded legal defense program for individuals who are detained and facing deportation in New Jersey. As a result, hundreds of families will be able to remain together, and more immigrants will be able to fight their case with a lawyer by their side. But this years' funding, $3.1 million, only covers a fraction of the thousands of indigent immigrants who are detained and facing deportation without a lawyer in New Jersey. 

We need our state to reaffirm its investment in keeping our families together and fighting back against attacks on our immigrant brothers and sisters by significantly increasing funding in the budget for a universal representation program that provides free, appointed counsel to low-income immigrants in our state who are detained and facing potential deportation.



Please email or call Gov. Murphy and ask him to fully fund the deportation defense program in New Jersey. The cost to the state to fund legal representation for all individuals detained and facing deportation in New Jersey is approximately $15 million. As immigration arrests continue to increase across New Jersey, we need our state to stand up and defend our rights to due process and fairness for all.your information to take action now!