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Letters of the Week: Apr 28 - May 2

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  1. David D. Murray's Avatar
    Dear Editor,

    You are quoting the ?Enquirer? regarding Boehener?s comments to his colleagues?. . . .Come now.

    ?CIR? is only Amnesty in disguise with more impossible hoops to jump through . . . Obviously, you were not around to witness the Amnesty of 1986 in person and the 20-year aftermath of boondoggles and disruption to the US Immigration system that it engendered. This new proposed amnesty will work a hardship on both the immigration system and the aliens themselves, who will be once again led down the primrose path of expectation of legalization, only to be surprised when only a chose few will in fact qualify. Get real.

    Sincerely, David D. Murray, Esq.
    Newport Beach, CA
  2. Lyta Galy's Avatar
    It is hard on Mr Boehner 's colleagues to discuss about a long lingering issue, while young adults wait breathlessly their status considered so they can go to college, work and go in with their lives...
    While the colleagues are waiting, families struggle under difficult circumstances to stay united, to eat, to feel safe in this country, to call it home officially Human Rights in any given situation should be addressed and taken care of.
    History will tell again, books will be written and testimonials of many hardships unresolved Why not resolve it today and chill???
  3. Jack2's Avatar
    While the colleagues are waiting, families struggle under difficult circumstances to stay united, to eat, to feel safe
    "If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it's just highly unlikely to happen," John Sandweg, until recently the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview.
  4. Das, Alina's Avatar
    New Jersey Residents Seek Board of Public Utilities Regulation of Prison Phone Rates

    Trenton – Today, a group of formerly incarcerated New Jersey residents, their families, and community
    organizations join together to file a petition with the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU), asking the Board to
    lower the cost of phone calls from prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in New Jersey. The petition
    comes in the wake of a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rule, implemented in February 2014, which
    caps the cost of out-of-state calls from correctional facilities but leaves in-state calls unregulated. The petition
    argues that “high phone rates lead to numerous negative effects for vulnerable families across the state,” and
    asks the BPU to ensure that phone companies cannot unfairly profit off people in New Jersey.

    “My three children had to live without me while I was detained,” said Pauline Ndzie, who was held by
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Hudson County Jail for five months. “I usually couldn’t afford
    to call them more than once a week. It isn’t fair to keep children from talking to their mother because of the
    high cost of phone calls.”

    Ms. Ndzie is one of a group of family members of incarcerated people, former immigrant detainees, attorneys,
    and nonprofit organizations who are petitioning the BPU. Their petition highlights the impact of high phone
    rates on family relationships and access to legal services.

    “The phone companies that operate in prisons and jails prey on New Jersey’s most vulnerable families,
    especially poor families and families of color,” said Cornell Brooks, President and CEO of the New Jersey
    Institute for Social Justice. “Limiting the ability of incarcerated people to talk on the phone to their families
    only makes it more difficult for them to rejoin their communities and causes their innocent children to suffer.”

    While the cost of a fifteen-minute phone call from state prisons in neighboring New York is less than a dollar,
    New Jersey families spend up to $8.50 for a fifteen minute call to some county jails. These jails, which have the
    highest phone rates in the state, house people waiting for trial who cannot afford bail. Many also hold
    immigrant detainees, who do not have a right to counsel and rely on calls to family and friends who can help
    them prepare their case.

    “The predatory prison phone rates in New Jersey have a devastating impact on immigrant detainees and their
    families. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities must step in to prevent this exploitation, the burden of which
    falls disproportionately on African Americans and Latinos,” stated Rodrigo Diaz, Legal Fellow at LatinoJustice
    PRLDEF.

    “It is not fair that people with families in New York are now paying less to talk to their loved ones than people
    with families here in New Jersey,” said Karina Wilkinson of the New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant
    Detainees. “BPU action is critical to ensure that all people in prisons and jails in New Jersey pay fair rates.”

    The full petition will be available at 1 pm on April 30 at http://www.njphonejustice.org/petition-filedwith-
    the-board-of-public-utilities
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