New Jersey Hinders Immigration Enforcement With New Sanctuary Laws — ICE Has a Plan to Get Around It

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vowed to increase its arrests after New Jersey’s attorney general issued new rules limiting immigration enforcement in the state.

“The New Jersey attorney general’s decision to further limit law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with ICE undermines public safety and hinders ICE from performing its federally mandated mission,” Matthew Albence, deputy director of ICE, said, according to

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued rules preventing jails from holding inmates indefinitely for ICE as well as prohibiting police from asking about immigration status unless it’s relevant to a particular investigation.

It further restricted ICE’s access to state and local resources, blocked ICE from interviewing a suspected criminal unless they were advised of their right to a lawyer, and refused cooperation with ICE’s immigration enforcement operations.

“We’re telling our friends and our neighbors who have been living in fear: You can trust state law enforcement. You can trust state prosecutors here in New Jersey,” Gurbir said.

Rather than backing down, ICE responded by saying it would conduct additional at-large arrests given that New Jersey left it with no other choice.

“Ultimately, this directive shields certain criminal aliens, creating a state-sanctioned haven for those seeking to evade federal authorities,” Albence said, “all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people the NJ attorney general is charged with protecting.”

This wasn’t the first time ICE said it would increase enforcement operations in the face of uncooperative state and local governments.

Last year, the agency said it would conduct at-large arrests in California amid policies limiting cooperation with federal law enforcement.

“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites,” then-acting ICE director Tom Homan said at the time. Because those operations weren’t as targeted, they were more likely to result in collateral arrests.

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Suzanne Miller

I hope New Jersey sees a mass influx of illegal immigrant and their citizens have the wherewithal to support them.


LEGAL, i.e. law-abiding immigrants. Perhaps you’re dastaar is too tight, because you clearly did not think this through, nor honor your oath of office.

Who knows how many other law-breakers will be swept up in ICE raids and not just the ones who’ve committed additional crimes.

*doh* There’s this federal statute called “aiding and abetting”. It’s my hope that you and all your “sanctuary” ilk eventually come under the indictment for violating that law.

Bob Simes

Why do the people who swore to enforce the law go out of their way to break the law?

Madison Dibble

This is a great example of forcing more collateral damage because of sanctuary laws. Now more people could face ICE, not fewer.

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