The war of words continues between businessman Larry Wainstein and North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nicholas Sacco over Hudson County’s ICE contract. The County currently has a 19 million contract with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees in the County Jail in Kearny. Wainstein wants Sacco to support calls to terminate the contract.
In a press release dated August 21, 2018 Wainstein stated, “Senator Menendez, the Jersey City Mayor and City Council, and the Hoboken Mayor and City Council have all voiced their opposition for this contract. Yet, Sacco remains silent.”
United States and International laws grant political asylum to those seeking a better path for their lives. Wainstein continued, “This contract assists the Trump Administration in its policy of tearing children from the arms of their parents. Sacco should be the first person in line to oppose this contract, not hiding in silence behind his stooge Vainieri.”
North Bergen spokesman Phil Swibinski issued a response on behalf of Mayor Sacco on August 22, 2018. “As Freeholder Vainieri said, Larry Wainstein should take his complaints to the Bergen County Freeholder Board because everyone knows that he really lives in a mansion in Franklin Lakes, not in North Bergen. This is just another example of Wainstein trying to sow racial division by latching on to the latest hot button issue. Mayor Sacco has been in dialogue with Freeholder Chairman Vainieri and Hudson County leaders and he is confident that they will reach a resolution that is both a humane solution for the detainees and a positive outcome for North Bergen taxpayers.”
The County’s contract with ICE is for the longest duration allowed under law.