*These talking points come to us from the American Friends Service Committee, now celebrating their 100th year of advocacy.
Hudson County ranks highest in lodging detainer requests for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey in FY 2015 (Hudson had 321 versus 50-80 in other county jails)
- 287(g) allows the designated jail official to issue immigration detainers. Immigration detainers could also come from ICE once the immigrant is fingerprinted and booked into the jail. Immigration detainers (or ICE holds) have been determined unconstitutional mainly because it asks jail facility to hold immigrants beyond the time allowed.
Working with ICE is bad for public safety.
- Local involvement in federal immigration enforcement perpetuates unjust deportations, leads to costly civil rights violations, and further damages the already fraught confidence in local police.
- Having ICE agents or deputized 287(g) agents in the jail makes it clear that Hudson County law enforcement is not safe for immigrants, making the community less likely to report crimes or act as witnesses.
Hudson County Correctional Facility Director (Warden) chooses to involve itself in federal immigration enforcement.
- Helping the federal government find and deport people is not Hudson County’s job
- There is no legal obligation to participate in 287(g) or any immigration enforcement programs
Hudson County wastes its own money on immigration enforcement when the federal government has $18 billion for it already
- This comes at the cost of other vital services that the County could improve, such as education and social services, which will better promote the well-being of our community.
- The federal government already spends $18 billion on immigration enforcement – more than on the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, and all other federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined.
Cities, counties, and states across the country have disentangled themselves from ICE.
- More than 350 jurisdictions across the country, including major cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, and the District of Columbia, have disentangled themselves with federal immigration enforcement, due to immense financial and human costs as well as decreased community trust in local law enforcement.
- Hudson County, a place of great diversity and home to many immigrants, should not be an outlier.
- Under 287(g), local law enforcement officers act as immigration agents. They can investigate the immigration status of people in the jail, access Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) databases, and issue immigration detainers. With sign-off from an ICE supervisor, 287(g) officers can place people in removal proceedings and get people to sign their deportation orders and give up their right to see an immigration judge.
- Hudson County Correctional Facility entered into 287(g) agreement with ICE in 2010 and renewed this agreement in 2013 and 2016. Either ICE or Hudson County Correctional Facility Director (Warden) can renew or rescind the agreement.