Next week, the American Friends Service Committee is coordinating a national week of action to end immigration detention quotas. The United States has the largest detention immigration system in the world. This system has continued expanding in recent years due to the immigration detention quotas, a policy passed by Congress under which 34,000 immigrants are held in an Immigration Customs and Enforcement detention at any given time. Detention has resulted in human rights abuses, torture, and psychological abuses for those held and also uses taxpayer dollars to fund for-profit corporations that put a price tag on immigrant lives. Besides the expense to taxpayers, it also costs us our humanity. As people of faith, we are called to accompany our immigrant sisters and brothers who are caught in detention and our broken immigration system by working for more just immigration policies. Ending the detention quotas is the first step toward ending immigration detention and reforming our broken immigration system.
About Jennie Belle, Former Immigration and Farmworkers Director
Jennie was born and raised in Savannah, GA. She moved to Texas for her undergraduate education at Rice University, during which time she studied in Mexico, Peru and Argentina and participated in service projects in Central America. After graduation she moved to Spain for a year to teach English. Jennie then came to North Carolina for a dual degree MDiv/MSW graduate program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill where her work focused on advocating for farmworkers and organizing churches for social justice. Recently graduated, Jennie is excited to use these skills in her role at the Council of Churches as she works to help improve conditions for immigrants and farmworkers in the state.
Jennie lives in Durham and attends First Presbyterian Church. In her free time she enjoys dancing, distance running, traveling, walking her dog, and planning her upcoming wedding. Jennie can be reached at: email@example.com.