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December 24, 2018

NJ immigrant rights carolers demand: ‘Shut ICE down!’
By Esteban Guevara

The Transactional Record Access Clearing House (TRAC), a Syracuse University nonpartisan research center, recently reported that Essex County is seventh on the list of top ten counties with the most “ICE community arrests” between October and 2017 and May of this year. Essex County ranked above Maricopa County, Arizona, where racist and bigoted ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio oversaw the persecution and illegal profiling of Spanish speaking and dark-skinned residents (After being convicted of illegal profiling, he was pardoned by Donald Trump). According to TRAC, in this period ICE made 676 “community arrests” in Essex County. The actual numbers of immigrants jailed is even higher, as the TRAC figures do not include immigrants transferred from the county to ICE custody. Many of these detainees are never charged with any crime. They are just fingerprinted and booked into custody before being handed over to ICE.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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