Advocates, officials clash over ICE detainee’s death

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Immigrant advocates and Hudson County freeholders were at odds Wednesday over who should investigate the death of an Immigration and Customers Enforcement detainee who died in a county jail in Kearny.

Advocates have been demanding answers since June regarding the death of Rolando Meza Espinoza who died from a medical episode. Some say that ICE arrested the wrong man.

The county says that there will be an independent review.

“We think it could have been avoided. We think it was a blatant disrespect for human rights and the rights and the right to health,” says Dina Mansour with the NJ Alliance for Urban Justice. “We’re coming forward and letting them know this isn’t OK.”

County officials say that the investigation into Espinoza’s death could take several months and will involve both freeholders and the county executive.

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