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Hudson County Denies Federal Grant Which Required ICE Cooperation

August 01, 2018 - 7:42 am
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HUDSON COUNTY, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- New Jersey is asking Hudson County not to utilize a federal grant that would aid local police departments.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office requested the county refrain from using the $237,449 granted, because the money would require the county to assist in immigration enforcement, according to the Jersey Journal.

The money given by the U.S. Department of Justice was slated to help expand Bayonne’s police body camera program, install surveillance cameras and assist with other police initiatives in North Bergen.

Grewal’s request comes in relation to a lawsuit filed two weeks ago by New Jersey and five other states against the federal government. The suit is contesting the D.O.J.’s decision to withhold funds from agencies that do not agree with the country’s immigration policy.

If the county accepted the grant, it would have had to give federal agents unrestricted access to the county jail in Kearny, to talk with people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Hudson County has decided not to use the funds.