The take-home: Please come to the Newark office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Federal Building, 970 Broad Street at 8:30am on Tuesday 9 May to defend Engineering student Carimer Andujar from deportation. A bus will leave from New Brunswick for Newark at 7:00am from the Union office at 11 Stone Street and return to the same location by Noon, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
President Trump’s attack on immigrants has come home, as a threat against one of our undergrads. Ms. Carimer Andujar, a 21-year-old Rutgers-NB junior, has been ordered to appear at the NJ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Newark, for a mandatory meeting with a deportation officer. Carimer, who was four years old when she came to the US, said to an overflow crowd of 150 students and faculty who gathered at the Union office for an emergency response meeting on 25 April: “No one can tell me that this is not my home and that I don't belong here.” We agree with her 100%.
At Rutgers-New Brunswick, Carimer enrolled in the School of Engineering and founded UndocuRutgers, the student group that emerged from those who advocated successfully for in-state tuition for DACA students. Carimer, who was protected by DACA is now vulnerable. On 28 April ICE ignored her legal appeal for its extension. Carimer has neither broken a law nor been accused of the same. Very possibly, ICE has targeted Carimer for her political activism.
As you remember, the Union denounced Donald Trump in October because – among other dangers – he threatened to deport many of our students. We joined with student activists to demand that Rutgers become a sanctuary campus. President Barchi established those protections, pledging that the Administration would not share data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or collaborate with their officers (unless ordered to do so by a court) stating that “Rutgers is, and will always be, a sanctuary.” This united front – of our faculty union, Old Queens, and the University Senate as well - sent a strong message to Washington and reassured students and their families. Now it is time to act on this commitment! One of our own faces the prospect of deportation to a country that she has not lived in since age 4.
The Union is mobilizing a #StandWithCarimer solidarity campaign and mass turnout for her appointment at 8:30am on Tuesday 9 May at the ICE office: 970 Broad Street in Newark. A bus will leave that day from New Brunswick for Newark at 7:00am from the Union office at 11 Stone Street; returning to the same location by Noon.
Carimer has also received the support of Senators Booker and Menendez and Congressmen Pallone and Pascrell.
Activism and public campaigns have already been shown to work. ICE is reluctant to deport individuals who demonstrate solid, vocal support. Let’s make them think twice in Newark. In order to deport Carimer, Trump’s administration is going to have to come through the faculty.
RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a seat on the bus from New Brunswick.
David & Deepa