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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees began receiving vaccinations on Friday, while other inmates already started this process, Hudson County, New Jersey, spokesman Jim Kennelly said. Jail inmates and staff were the first group eligible for the vaccine in New Jersey’s Phase 1A vaccination group. So far no one at Hudson has declined the shot. Throughout the pandemic, jails and prisons have become epicenters for the coronavirus. About 17 inmates tested positive for the virus at Hudson County tested positive for the virus by Dec. 24, eventually rising to 42. Eleven more inmates tested positive earlier this month. Kennelly claimed there are no positive cases within Hudson. NJ.com
In other local immigration news…
At Hunts Point Produce Market, Essential Workers Win Major Labor Battle
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Cheick Oumar A. Barry, an immigrant from Burkina Faso, and 1,400 other members of Teamsters Local 202 walked off their jobs at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx last week. They went on strike until management agreed to raise their hourly wages by one dollar and improve their health plans. The union reached an agreement Saturday morning to provide a minimum of 70 cents per hour raise in the first year and eventually raise it to $1.85 over three years. Workers approved the new contract and ended the strike. The market employs around 20,000 people and generates $5 billion in annual revenue. A majority of the workforce are people of color and immigrants who earn roughly $30,000 to $40,000 annually. Read more at Documented
NYC Resident Scheduled To Be Deported Despite Biden’s 100-Day Deportation Halt
Javier Castillo Maradiaga, who arrived in the U.S. from Honduras when he was 7, is currently being held at a detention center located in Louisiana. He is one of a group of undocumented immigrants scheduled to be deported Monday morning. Family members of Maradiaga gathered with activists at Foley Square on Sunday to demand his deportation be cancelled. This deportation is coming despite President Joe Biden’s executive order pausing most deportations for 100 days for those who came to the U.S. before Nov. 2020. ICE claims Maradiaga is not protected by Biden’s new order. NY1
Menendez Leads Plan To Pass Biden’s Immigration Reform
President Biden has recruited New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) to lead his immigration reform efforts in Congress. Menendez will be the lead sponsor of Biden’s bill that plans to create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented individuals, including nearly half a million in New Jersey. The bill allows undocumented immigrants to apply for green cards after five years if they pass background checks and pay taxes. Meanwhile current legal permanent residents would be considered for green cards immediately, giving them three years to apply for citizenship. In 2013, Menendez co-sponsored the immigration bill from the “Gang of Eight,” which also would’ve provided a path to citizenship. NJ Spotlight
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