NORTH BERGEN, NJ – Statement from County Commissioner Anthony Vaineri on terroristic threats made to Hudson County Officials.
“Over the past several days and weeks, a number of county commissioners and other public officials, including myself, have been receiving dozens of threatening and terroristic phone calls because of our position on housing ICE detainees. In addition to a fake bomb that was sent to the County Executive’s home, all of these threats of violence are clear acts of harassment and intimidation. They will not succeed and they must be condemned by all decent people, including those officials who oppose the county contract with Homeland Security.
These latest acts of intimidation follow other outrageous actions like harassing the County Executive’s neighbors, spray-painting the Bergen County Sheriff’s home and harassing a priest in Hackensack.
Several police departments, federal postal officials and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office are all now investigating these threats. Hopefully, the anonymous cowards who are responsible will be brought to justice.
Although Hudson County has no role in arresting or releasing these federal detainees we do not agree that they should be “turned loose” either. People must realize that these detainees are not innocent or non-violent people, as many have falsely claimed. Every one of them came to our country illegally and then committed a violent crime here in America. They were tried and convicted of crimes including murder, rape and sexual violence, aggravated assault, dealing drugs and many other felonies. They are being held in our jail while they wait for their deportation hearings.
Advocates who oppose the ICE contract claim they represent the majority of public opinion. They are completely wrong. A strong majority of people rightfully believe that immigrants who come here illegally and commit violent crimes should be punished and deported. A strong majority do not support open borders, we do not want to empty all of the prisons and most definitely we do not want to defund or disband any police departments. People who do support these radical positions are extremists and the vast majority of Americans know this.
In the interest of clearing up any misinformation and informing the public, I am enclosing a detailed list of all of the violent crimes that current ICE detainees in the Hudson County Jail were convicted of committing.” Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri.
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