Opposition to Suffolk County jails being used for ICE detention overlooks the humanitarian aspect of having immigrants under removal proceedings being able to stay close to family visitation and have better access to local legal counsel.
In place of simple human consideration, critics such as Long Island Jobs with Justice base their opposition on ideologically driven speculation that a local ICE-contracted detention facility would encourage more rigorous enforcement against the undocumented immigrant community.
ICE will enforce and detain one way or the other, and without a Long Island facility available, detainees will be placed out of state. An ICE contract would add valuable revenue for the County. The idea is sound on multiple levels and opposition is stubbornly skewered and unfounded.
Francis X. McQuade