ACLU: Hudson County jail needs to update immigration detainment policy


Ari Rosmarin, the Public Policy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders that changes need to be made at the Kearny jail regarding the detainment of illegal immigrants. 

Rosmarin explained to the board that when the Hudson County jail holds an alleged illegal immigrant for detainment purposes, the county opens themselves up to litigation for violating civil rights.

Oscar Aviles, the Director of Hudson County Corrections, argued that this issue at hand was a non-factor at the Kearny facility, due to their close relationship with immigration services.

Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea later gave Hudson County View a brief rundown of what action the board could take in this delicate matter. 

“We’ve taken strides to make the life (sic) of the detainees – who are not locked up, who live in space of the jail – a lot better; I believe that we’ve done it,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise told Hudson County View yesterday.

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