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Biden administration says closure of ICE detention center in New Jersey would be ‘catastrophic’

The Biden administration is siding with a private prison corporation’s legal effort to keep an immigration detention center in Elizabeth from shuttering, claiming its impending closure would be “catastrophic” to federal immigration efforts. The U.S. Department of Justice in a legal filing calls New Jersey’s 2021 law banning all immigration detention contracts — the agency refers to the law as AB 5207 — unconstitutional and says closing the Elizabeth facility would harm the federal government amid an influx of migrants and closures of other detention centers around the nation.