Call to Action

Members of our community have been recently been targeted by members of ICE agents. What can you do? Speak up!

#1 CALL: Acting Deputy Director of ICE, Thomas Homan, in Washington D.C.

Office number: 202-732-4242.

Ask him to Stop Deporting Persecuted Indonesian Christians in New Jersey, especially in the Metuchen/Highland Park/Edison. The “ask” is that we keep families together.

Suggested script:

“Deputy Director Homan – I am a resident of New Jersey and am calling you to stop the aggressive practices of ICE in breaking up families of upstanding, tax paying residents. These are members of our community, our church, our friends, our neighbors and the recent actions of ICE are not keeping America safe, but breaking up families and upstanding members of our community. We ask that you amend all policies on this immediately.”

#2 CALL  John Tsoukaris, Newark Field Office Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Office: 973-645-3666, 973-776-3223

Ask him to Stop Deporting Persecuted Indonesian Christians in New Jersey, especially in the Metuchen/Highland Park/Edison. The “ask” is that we keep families together.

Suggested script:

“Director Tsoukaris – I am resident of [your town] and am calling  you to stop the aggressive practices of ICE in breaking up families of upstanding, tax paying residents. These are members of our community, our friends, our neighbors and the recent actions of ICE are not keeping America safe, but breaking up families and contributing members of our community.

ICE agents recently detained two of our community members, Roby Sangar and Gunawan Liem, as they dropped off their children at school. These are honest, hard working, upstanding residents and we ask you continue to work with their legal cases, rather than break up these families. We’re asking you to release these two men immediately to their wives and children and start work to amend all policies related to this so that other families are not harmed.”

The following are THANK YOU calls:

#3 CALL US Congressman Frank Pallone

DC: 202-225-4671; NJ: 732-249-8892
Thank him for sponsoring the Indonesian Protection Act: HR 2642. Encourage Rep. Pallone to continue attempting to reintroduce the bill. Show him that he has your support and thank him for his continued advocacy on this issue.

Suggested script:

“Congressman Pallone, I’m calling to thank you for sponsoring HR 2642, the Indonesian Protection Act. As a resident of (your town) I am very opposed to the breaking up of families and ICE’s aggressive practice in taking away our law-abiding community members, who face a strong risk of persecution if they are returned to Indonesia on the basis of their religion. Please keep fighting for them. Thank you.”

#4 CALL US Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez

Booker in DC: 202-224-3224; NJ: 973-639-8700;

Menendez in DC: 202-224-4744; NJ: 973-645-3030

Thank them for their previous support of immigration rights and ask them to introduce a sister bill to Rep. Pallone’s HR2642 in the Senate like Booker’s predecessor, Frank Lautenberg, once did.

Suggested script:

“Senator (Booker or Menendez), I’m calling you because I know you are a strong champion of immigration rights, and I thank you for everything you have done so far. As a resident of New Jersey, I ask that you sponsor a sister bill to Congressman Pallone’s HR 2642, the Indonesian Protection Act. I am very opposed to the breaking up of families and ICE’s aggressive practice in taking away our law-abiding community members, who face a strong risk of persecution if they are returned to Indonesia on the basis of their religion. Please keep these families together. Thank you.”

#5 CALL Gov. Phil Murphy (609-292-6000) and thank him for his work on this issue. 

Thank Gov. Murphy for coming to the Reformed Church of Highland Park on Thursday to stand with the families who are being targeted by ICE.

Suggested script and ask:
“Gov. Murphy, thank you for meeting with the Indonesian Christian families at the Reformed Church of Highland Park and standing with us in the wake of these ICE raids, which broke up peaceful, law abiding families. Your support means so much to us. We’re calling to share some other ideas we’d like your new administration to explore:

– Would you consider having NJ adapt similar measures to the NY State on Liberty Defense Project, a state program established by Governor Cuomo which is a public-private project to assist immigrants, regardless of status, in obtaining access to legal services and process? An evaluation by the Vera Institute of a similar program, implemented in 2013 in NYC, showed deportation orders and removals dropped from 96% prior to the program to 52% after the program, with an estimated increase in tax revenues of $2.7 million per year because people received legal work authorization

– Will you advocate that ICE use greater discretion in breaking apart families of law-abiding residents?

– Can the state Attorney General request a policy to make sure that ICE is not allowed to wear police uniforms without proper marking of who they are?

– Can your administration work with local community groups, or through the state Board of Education, to create and ensure that local Board of Education policies are fair and welcoming for immigrant families, so that an equal access to education can be achieved by all?