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Take Action: Support the Values Act and Stand with New Jersey's Immigrant Community

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice has been advocating for the passage of the Values Act in New Jersey, an important piece of legislation that would allow New Jerseyans to seek public services, stand up for their rights, and participate fully in their communities without fear of deportation. As a member of the NJAIJ, CATA has been supporting this campaign. To join us in advocating for the Values Act, you can take action here:

New Jersey already has taken first steps toward offering protections through the Immigrant Trust Directive which limits collaboration between local and State law enforcement and ICE. But these protections aren't permanent. The Values Act strengthens the Immigrant Trust Directive's provisions, creates additional safeguards, and ensures that sensitive information is not shared or collected at places like:

  • Public schools

  • Healthcare facilities

  • Public libraries

  • Shelters and more

Finally, the Values Act would remove the harmful, dehumanizing term "alien" from state documents and replace it with "non-citizen." With the Values Act all immigrant New Jerseyans who need support can do so with confidence that they belong and are protected.


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Health, economic disparities continue to affect coronavirus hot spots

“Current data collection masks infections in the meat- and poultry-processing industry, which nationally have been a covid-19 hot spot,” said Leila Borrero-Krouse, community outreach organizer of CATA’s Farmworker Support Committee in Maryland. Via The Washington Post.

Leila Borrero-Krouse, community outreach organizer of CATA’s Farmworker Support Committee, picks a cantaloupe that she later delivered, along with other produce, to poultry workers who live in Salisbury, Md. (Vanessa G. Sanchez/The Washington Post)

Mental health of migrant workers now in focus

“I was going through a depression … because of my education,” he said. Aquino-Huerta worked 16-hour shifts at a greenhouse so he could pay to attend classes at Rowan. “It … just depressed me because I didn’t have anybody to rely on. So it was hard … I just never really spoke about it with anybody because I … felt like nobody around me was able to relate.” Via NJ Spotlight News


Aug. 11, 2022: Edgar Aquino-Huerta, a farmworker organizer at El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) and Luciano Perez-Lopez  photographed in Hammonton. Perez-Lopez is working in the U.S. on a H-2A visa.

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