Bergen and Hudson county officials signaled a shift could be coming in their detainee housing contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. This comes after Essex County announced it will end a contract to house immigrant detainees in Newark by the end of August.
Hudson County commissioner Anthony Vainieri has reportedly asked the county executive not to accept any more ICE detainees and will now look to end the county’s contract. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Bergen County sheriff’s office says they’re currently not accepting ICE detainees. They did not specify whether the county will end its relationship with ICE.
Activists have been pushing to end detention altogether and allow immigrants to await deportation hearings at home.