Close the ICE Detention Center in Essex County

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We, the undersigned, demand that Essex County immediately terminate their contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to hold 800 immigrant detainees at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

The detention of immigrants, who are not being held on criminal charges, is a clear violation of the Bill of Rights' guarantee that no one is to be deprived of liberty without a criminal charge.

The ICE deportation and detention system can only function with the cooperation of local authorities. The fewer places available for ICE to hold detainees, the fewer detainees will be held.

 To make the city of Newark and Essex County truly immigrant sanctuaries the ICE facility must close immediately.

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