NJ Congressional Delegation Urges President Biden to Withdraw Support for Elizabeth Detention Center’s Private Operator CoreCivic

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

By Jenny Garcia, Detention Watch Network, and Amy Torres, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2023

NJ Congressional Delegation Urges President Biden to Withdraw Support for Elizabeth Detention Center’s Private Operator CoreCivic

NEW JERSEY – Today, ten congressional leaders from the state of New Jersey delivered a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) expressing their concern regarding the Biden administration’s support of private prison company CoreCivic’s lawsuit against a landmark sanctuary policy banning immigration detention. The law, AB 5207, prohibits state and local entities and private detention facilities from entering into agreements to detain immigrant community members and would prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from operating the Elizabeth Detention Center (EDC) past its contract expiration on August 31, 2023.

Senators Booker and Menendez in addition to Representatives Watson Coleman, Menendez Jr., Payne Jr., Pascrell, Pallone, Gottheimer, Kim, and Sherrill are asking the Biden administration and the DOJ to respect the democratically approved legislation and side with constituents over private interests.

“The enactment of AB 5207 aligns with President Biden’s vow to end the federal government’s use of privately operated criminal detention facilities, which underscores our concern for the Administration’s support for CoreCivic’s lawsuit. We are troubled that the DOJ’s intervention could undermine that effort by continuing to take part in this lawsuit. CoreCivic’s quest to continue operating EDC in violation of AB 5207 undermines our state’s democratic process and is counter to the wishes of the community in Elizabeth, local congressional districts, and the state. It must not be met with support from the federal government,” reads the letter.

“We are grateful to Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman and other members of New Jersey’s federal delegation for voicing their unequivocal stance that the Biden administration must reverse course on its support of CoreCivic’s lawsuit,” said Amy Torres of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. “The EDC has a well-documented history of abuse, and for decades, communities across New Jersey have been demanding that our local facilities shut down. Two years ago, that organizing effort was answered by the passage of AB 5207 and ceased ICE operations at our three country-run jails. Now it’s time for President Biden to keep his promise to end for-profit detention, respect the will of the people of New Jersey, and end the Elizabeth Detention Center’s contract so we can close the facility permanently.”


AAPI Montclair
Abolish ICE NY-NJ
ACLU of New Jersey
Al-Awda-NY/NJ: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Bergen County Immigration Strategy Group
Blue Wave New Jersey
Casa Freehold
Close the Camps NJ
Council for American Islamic Relations NJ
Black Lives Matter Paterson
Detention Watch Network
DIRE (Deportation and Immigration Response Equipo) Legal Services
Essex County Democratic Socialists of America
Faith in New Jersey
First Friends of New Jersey and New York
Freedom For Immigrants
Haiti Solidarity Network of the North East
International Defenders Council
Latino Action Network
Latino Action Network Foundation
Latina Civic Action
Laundry Workers Center
Make the Road New Jersey
Mami Chelo Foundation
Movimiento Cosecha
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
New Jersey Citizen Action
New Jersey Forum for Human Rights
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
New Jersey Policy Perspective
New Jersey Working Families Party
New Jersey 11th for Change
New Labor
Occupy Bergen County
Our Revolution New Jersey
Pax Christi New Jersey
St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church
Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center
Wilco Justice Alliance (Williamson County, TX)


Rally for the closure of Elizabeth Detention Center as deadline nears for judge’s decision

Immigrant justice activists ask Senator Cory Booker to pressure President Biden against Core Civic

Kathy O’Leary, Pax Christi NJ asks Senator Cory Booker to pressure Pres Biden to close Core Civic

Immigrant justice activists rally as judge’s decision on Elizabeth Detention Center due on 8/31/23


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply