Hoboken could become first N.J. city to ask Congress to reunite migrant families


The Hoboken City Council will vote on a resolution later this week that would make them the first city in the state, and the fourth municipality overall, calling on U.S. Congress to reunite migrant families and afford them due process in immigration proceedings.

Photo via Hobokennj.gov.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The resolution, sponsored by 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen and seconded by Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour, notes that their are more than 2,000 immigrants detained in New Jersey who cannot afford a lawyer.

Furthermore, the local legislation says that migrant families and children detained at the border face “unacceptable conditions” that includes being without adequate food, water, or “access to necessary hygiene and sanitary products.”

When reached over the phone, Cohen told HCV that while the council can’t have direct influence over federal policies and procedures, he still feels it’s important they have a voice.

“I believe the detainments are un-American: while we can’t directly influence the policy, we can certainly influence the conversation,” he began.

“It’s an important message that these are the values that the people of Hoboken believe. I’m proud that Hoboken’s on the forefront on this because there’s so much anti-immigration and anti-diversity rhetoric that’s not reflective of Hoboken, Hudson County, or this country.”

For the moment, the resolution is on the agenda for Wednesday’s regularly scheduled council meeting.

Late last year, the The House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties sent letters to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to begin an investigation into immigrant detainees’ medical care, The Hill reported.

Montgomery became the first municipality in New Jersey to pass a similar resolution on December 7th, with Bound Brook following shortly thereafter.

Furthermore, the Princeton City Council is currently scheduled to vote on their own measure pertaining to immigrant detainees on Tuesday.

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    • But playing politics is what Ravi is all about. Divide and conquer and get those illegal aliens driver licenses and registered to vote. It’s the anti-American way!

      What’s next, a resolution defending Iran’s mullahs and their “revered” terrorist leader Soleimani?
      This is Ravi’s crew in action so don’t discount it. They love to kiss up to the “Democrat” leaders.

    • Anti-immigration only = illegal aliens. The biggest anti-illegal aliens are the legal aliens who worked through US law and paid their dues to enter the country as a privilege it is. No one is anti-legal immigration. Who is fooled by this Mao style PC rhetoric?

      What about the Democrat Party and its anti-diversity action? Who’s left among top Democrat nominees other than an old senile “Corn Pop” talking white dude, one old commie coot who honeymooned in the Soviet Union and a white woman who boosted her career earnings by pretending to be an American Indian?

      What happened to Mistress Kamala and Corey “Spartacus” Booker? Why were they shut out of the Democrat Party before a single primary?

      Seems pretty “anti-diversity.”

  1. Maybe Cohen and Emily can convince their Puppet Master, Ravi, to start acting as if he cares for the people who pay his salary. He has no regard for pedestrian safety. He has allowed massive over development to take place in exchange for political contributions, the streets and parks are filthy and he doles out patronage positions as if they are candy, all at the expense of the taxpayers of Hoboken. Before they try telling other branches of government how they should operate, I suggest that they both use their better judgement and stop supporting Ravi and his stinking administration.

  2. Is this really a priority for Hoboken residents?!

    It’s just Ravi trying to make national news to further his political ambitions by pushing limp Phil and puppet Emily to do his bidding.

  3. Immigrants was so 2019.

    Ravinder needs to get with the times and address the issues which really matter to the average Hoboken taxpayer. Big Jim, Lamemily, and “fond of horses” (look it up, it’s Greek) need to introduce a resolution to replace such obviously offensive terms as “manhole” with “maintenance hole,” “manmade” with “not machine made,” and “Caucasian” with “racist, privileged person; one who owes reparations.” Miss Bhalla should also refer to her/himself as “they” and require Stevens to install tampon dispensers in all bathrooms – especially those currently designated as “men.”

    Alternatively, they should ask her/his left-leaning friend to declare the 5th day of each month in Hoboken as “Justice-Impacted Person Day” in which those poor, mistreated and misunderstood individuals formally known as “convicted felons” are free to leave needles and steal packages without fear of police brutality in locations aligned to city street cleaning rules.

    Simply put, they should not focus on immigrants when they city has much more critical and fundamental priorities like our desperately needed LGBTQIA cultural center and drag queen high school. My sources tell me both are being developed as part of the new North End rehabilitation and just after the new West side bus line is introduced.