In my role as an at-large Essex County commissioner and former president to the board, I have been a longtime opponent of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract and I am thrilled to see County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. has decided to end the county’s relationship with ICE.

Over the last three years, I was proud to call for the end of this contract publicly. Ultimately, this helped to create and fund the largest county legal aid program in the state, and created the first civilian oversight board in a correctional facility in the country.

The idea of detaining individuals solely on their unauthorized entry in the United States is fundamentally wrong. I am happy to see we are turning the page on this chapter in Essex County history and the voices of our concerned constituents have been acknowledged and exonerated.

Brendan Gill
Essex County commissioner


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