JERSEY CITY – The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a new contract with federal officials to continue housing immigrant detainees at the county jail in Kearny. Thursday afternoon’s vote was met with anger by a handful of people, who compared the detention of undocumented immigrants to concentration camps and modern-day slavery. Tensions grew among freeholders, who had…

JERSEY CITY – The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a new contract with federal officials to continue housing immigrant detainees at the county jail in Kearny.

Thursday afternoon’s vote was met with anger by a handful of people, who compared the detention of undocumented immigrants to concentration camps and modern-day slavery. Tensions grew among freeholders, who had decided to table the vote during Tuesday’s caucus meeting but added the item back onto the agenda after Thursday’s meeting began.

Under the new contract, the county will be paid $120 per day by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for each immigrant detainee housed at the facility, a $10 increase from the terms of the contract that expired in January.

The jail currently has about 800 detainees, more than double the roughly 400 inmates being held on criminal charges. Officials estimate under a dozen of those detainees are from Hudson County, while most are from the New York area.

“As long as one immigrant is caged, our political processes are all somehow inadequate,” Jersey City resident Anna Brown said wearing an abolish ICE t-shirt as she urged the board to reject the contract.

Freeholder Joel Torres asked his colleagues to carry over the vote into next month’s meeting, saying he wanted a full understanding of the contract before deciding on whether he supported the contract, to which Vice Chairman Bill O’Dea agreed. The board voted at the beginning of the meeting to add the contract back on the agenda.

“It’s not that hard to do effective government by just doing a deeper dive, looking deeper into this, learning more information, and gathering more insight,” said Torres, who represents Jersey City.

But when it came time for the vote, the contract passed by a 5-2 margin. Torres and O’Dea voted no, while Chairman Anthony Vainieri, Kenneth Kopacz, Jerry Walker, Anthony Romano, and Caridad Rodriguez all voted to approve the contract.

Both Albert Cifelli and Tilo Rivas were absent.

The freeholders who voted in favor of the contract did not specify their reasons for voting yes. County officials, however, have …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News

      

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