Coalition protests jailing of immigrants in Newark

Posted: Updated:
NEWARK -

A collection of groups on immigrant rights, women's rights and unions demonstrated in front of the Essex County Jail in Newark on Saturday, demanding an end to its use as a detention facility for those arrested on immigration violations.

The group calls itself Resist the Deportation Machine, and says Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers that exist throughout the U.S. are "cruel and illegal."

"Jails are for public safety, for keeping people away from the community who are a harm to the community," says Kathy O'Leary. "If you're being held for what's basically violating an administrative order, then why? What's the purpose of holding them? If it's simply for punitive measures, we don't feel like that's right."

The rally comes amid continuing debate over a contract with ICE signed by Essex County Executive Joe Divincenzo and freeholders three years ago.

The county gets $117 per day per bed they allow ICE to use. Divencenzo has said it makes up 5 percent of the county's budget to pay for parks and public safety.

"Newark is a sanctuary city, Essex County is immigrant-friendly county, right? However, they have a contract where they have a partnership with ICE to jail undocumented immigrants in the Essex County Jail," says Alejandro Jaramillo.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • The 'worst toys' for the holidays, according to safety group

    The 'worst toys' for the holidays, according to safety group

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 6:35 PM EST2018-11-13 23:35:07 GMT

    A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

    A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

  • Deadly wildfire devastates Northern California town

    Deadly wildfire devastates Northern California town

    The Northern California wildfire has killed at least 42 people, making it the deadliest in state history.

    The Northern California wildfire has killed at least 42 people, making it the deadliest in state history.

  • Just Married in New Jersey

    Just Married in New Jersey

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding.News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding.

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedNJ.  

    News 12 New Jersey wants to announce your wedding. If you were married in the past 90 days, please submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram using #JustMarriedNJ.  

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."