NJ Politics Digest: ICE Sweep Detains 105 Despite AG Grewal Directive

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

This week New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made an attempt to limit local police from helping federal immigration authorities, but federal officials detained 105 people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Though the timing makes it appear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were trying to send a message to Grewal, ICE officials told radio station NJ101.5 the actions were planned before Grewal outlined his policy.

But, the station points out, ICE did also warn that the state’s new rules will result in more raids at worksites and public places.

The state attorney general argues that his policies are intended to encourage undocumented immigrants to cooperate with police, resulting in a safer community for everyone. Law enforcement may not inquire about a person’s immigration status unless it is relevant to an investigation, nor can departments assist ICE in any civil immigration enforcement efforts. Grewal also said county jails can’t honor ICE detention requests to hold suspects longer than their scheduled release, nor can they let ICE know about an inmate’s release date unless that person is charged with a serious criminal offense.

Quote of the Day: The fact that somebody wouldn’t get to $15 for 11 years is, I have to admit, a bone in my throat,” — Gov. Phil Murphy, reacting to legislation by fellow Democrats to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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