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Hudson County Signs 10-Year Extension For ICE To Use Its Jail

July 13, 2018 - 2:46 pm
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KEARNY, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Hudson County, New Jersey has signed a 10-year extension with the federal government for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house their detainees in the county jail.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the relationship first began under the Clinton administration. But now under the Trump administration, immigrant advocates are calling it to end.

The new deal calls for ICE to pay Hudson County $120 per detainee per day so that it can hold their detainees in the county jail.

A similar arrangement is in place in Essex and Bergen counties.

Hudson County Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vanieri voted for the deal, arguing that it is easier on the detainees to be jailed closer to home.

But Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla fired back, “That’s an unpersuasive argument.”

“There are a number of detainees who are being transferred after crossing the border down in Texas,” Bhalla said. “We have no idea where these detainees are coming from.”

Bhalla called the deal between the county and the feds “disgraceful,” and said each freeholder who voted for the deal will be held accountable by the people who elected them.