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Plainfield, NJ Official Removed from City Board After Video of Anti-Immigrant Rant Prompts Outrage

HeadlineAug 23, 2023

In Plainfield, New Jersey, a city planning board member has been removed following public outrage after she threatened immigrant protesters with calling ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to have them deported. A live video recording posted on Facebook showed board member Carmencita Pile asking questions about the immigration status of peaceful demonstrators who gathered at a street fair over the weekend demanding the city and state provide affordable housing. Pile is heard saying, “All you need is an ICE truck. They’ll be running.” The protesters, many of them families, were evicted from their homes earlier this month after their building was condemned due to hundreds of violations. The group Make the Road New Jersey said on social media, “Immigrants in New Jersey deserve respect, dignity & safe homes, not deportation.”

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