Jail is for criminals, not immigrants | Editorial

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NJ.com

No matter what you think of our immigration laws, the way we force tens of thousands of people to languish for years behind bars, awaiting their court dates, is indefensible. America jails more of these peoplethan any other country. And most of them have been charged with no crime.These are parents, pizza guys, people fleeing persecution, and putting them behind bars is a moral travesty. Leaving them locked up for years, simply because the underfunded immigration courts are too crowded, is inexcusable. They are incarcerated just because the government wants to make sure they show up in immigra…

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