NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A coalition of immigration advocacy groups says the current immigrant detention system in the U.S. is flawed, despite promises from federal authorities to improve it.
A study conducted by students at New York University and a coalition of New York and New Jersey immigration rights groups have compiled a report criticizing immigrant detention across the country and pointing to New Jersey’s largest detention facility as being rife with violations.
Officials who oversee the detention center in Essex County, including County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., say they follow the federal guidelines and that immigrant detention brings a needed source of revenue.
The report will be released Friday at a daylong conference at Rutgers University focusing on immigration detention.
Sen. Robert Menendez is due to give the conference’s keynote address.
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