COMMISSIONER BRENDAN W. GILL ISSUES STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ESSEX COUNTY ENDING ITS CONTRACT WITH ICE

COMMISSIONER BRENDAN W. GILL ISSUES STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ESSEX COUNTY ENDING ITS CONTRACT WITH ICE

Essex County Commissioner – Brendan W. Gill

In my role as an At-Large Essex County Commissioner and former President to the Board, I have been a long-time opponent of the ICE Contract and I am thrilled to see County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has decided to end its relationship with ICE. Over the last three-years, I was proud to call for the end of this contract publically. 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.