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Congressman Pallone Statement on Carimer Andujar

May 9, 2017
Press Release

New Brunswick, NJ –Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement on the status of Rutgers student, Carimer Andujar.

“I want to thank all those who have come out to support Carimer Andujar. Her story is that of so many immigrants throughout our country and we need stand up and say ‘no more.’ Your voices will send a message to the Trump administration that its extreme policies are contrary to American values and that they are simply unacceptable.

“For the past 4 months, President Trump has thrown our immigration system into chaos by spreading fear and misinformation. Through its discriminatory policies, the Trump administration has aimed to divide our country by targeting immigrant communities. The Administration has ramped up its deportation efforts, threatening to tear the families of our neighbors and friends apart. Perhaps most troubling is the guidance that allows virtually any undocumented person to be kicked out of the country based on the whim of an immigration agent.

“My office has been in contact with USCIS, ICE, and other members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation to ensure that Carimer is treated fairly and remains in the United States.Given the erratic nature of President Trump we must remain vigilant and we must continue to monitor Carimer’s situation closely.

“The simple fact that Carimer and others like her must halt their studies and their lives to worry about the potential of being detained is disgusting.

“Our neighbors, friends, and family members are forced to live in constant fear of being detained and deported – and for what?  For simply being in the country – for being an incredible student that is engaged on so many levels with her university and her community?

“This environment and the threats faced by immigrant communities threaten to weaken our universities, which have benefitted for generations from the incredible contributions of immigrants. Rutgers University is particular is a place of knowledge and tolerance, not of fear and ignorance.

“Your voices are so important to ensuring our communities remain safe, vibrant places, where law-abiding people do not need to fear the threat of being torn away from their families. 

“So I encourage you to remain vocal, defend our communities, and stand up for Carimer.