Steph Solis Asbury Park Press Published 5:32 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Indonesians in New Jersey say they are responding to a devastating earthquake and tsunami in their native country the only way they know how: by channeling their grief into relief efforts. Working with the Reformed Church of Highland Park, Indonesian immigrants raised at least $4,000 over the weekend for families affected by the magnitude-7.5 earthquake that struck Palu, a city of more than 200,000 on the island of Sulawesi, on Sept. 28. "We hope we can get more and we can help more people," said Meitha Tumengkol, a deacon at the church who has relatives on the island. "There's a lot of people who need food." The earthquake, combined with the tsunami and aftershocks that followed, has killed 2,000 people, and thousands more are feared dead in towns surrounding Palu. Tumengkol said her great-uncle was in Palu when the earthquake struck. Her relatives survived the earthquake and … [Read more...] about Indonesian earthquake: NJ immigrants mourn death of friends abroad
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WASHINGTON -- Michelle Edralin, whose father faces deportation after living legally in the U.S. for three decades, couldn't hold back the tears. "I can't even enjoy time I see him at the detention center because there are certain restrictions," Michelle, 12, a sixth grader at Highland Park Middle School, said between sobs. "I want to sit on my father's lap to be able to hug him like i would at home but i can't." Her father, Cloyd, was picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents June 4, because of a criminal charge that netted him probation 11 years ago. He now faces deportation, meaning he would leave his wife and four children behind. Michelle, her sister Nicole, and and others whose parents also have been picked up by immigration authorities due to minor violations committed years ago, gathered on the U.S. Supreme Court steps Tuesday to call for their release. Is ICE targeting legal immigrants? Attention has been … [Read more...] about Tearful N.J. children of parents facing deportation after decades here take their pleas to D.C.
Monsy Alvarado and Susan Loyer Staff Writers Published 10:44 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 More than 100 people rallied in locations across New Jersey on Thursday to protest a new "zero tolerance" policy of immigration enforcement that has led to the separation of children from parents caught illegally crossing the southern border, nearly 2,000 miles away. About 50 marchers gathered at the Rutherford Congregational Church at noon, armed with signs that read "Don't Separate Families" and "Children belong with their Families." Then they walked nearly 2 miles to the Rutherford train station chanting, "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcomed here." "I was crying when I got here,'' Patricia Dahlman of Lyndhurst said after she arrived at the church at the end of the march, still reeling from news reports on the separated families. "It's a sad situation our country is in. We need to do these walks; we need to stand up to Trump and his … [Read more...] about Rallies across NJ, US protest separation of children from parents at border crossings
Steph Solis NorthJersey Published 11:52 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 Dozens rallied outside a church in Highland Park on Friday afternoon in support of a legal U.S. resident who was detained by immigration authorities over an 11-year-old weapons conviction as he left for work earlier this week. Cloyd Edralin, 47, a green card holder originally from the Philippines, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers outside his home in Highland Park on Monday as he was heading to his job as a machinist. ICE said he was detained over a 2007 conviction for unlawful possession of a handgun. Court records say it was an airsoft pistol, which fires plastic pellets. He had long since completed a probationary sentence, his family said. His wife, Brandi Davison-Edralin, a U.S. citizen, joined friends and local public officials in raising concerns about the implications of her husband's arrest outside the Reformed Church of Highland Park on Friday afternoon. … [Read more...] about Dozens rally in Highland Park in support of detained green card holder
Steph Solis NorthJersey Published 8:25 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 When Cloyd Edralin was hired full-time as a machinist in late May, he considered the move a minor victory in his fight against methamphetamine addiction, which he developed after his father died in 2005. It was the latest of several milestones for Edralin, a Filipino-born father of four. He was staying sober, volunteering at hospitals that treat drug addiction and spending more time with his wife and four children, ages 11 to 22, said his wife, Brandi Davison-Edralin. The new job meant he could help support his family in their modest Highland Park home, she said. Edralin, 47, who has lived legally in the United States for three decades, was leaving his house to go to work on Monday morning when he was stopped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. They told Edralin, a green card holder, that he was being detained over an 11-year-old firearms conviction, ICE officials confirmed Thursday. "He … [Read more...] about ICE detains a 30-year NJ resident in Highland Park over decade-old conviction