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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt

State GOP pushing towns to oppose Grewal ICE directive

AG’s order limits local cooperation with federal immigration agency

By Nikita Biryukov, October 01 2019 2:50 pm

The New Jersey Republican State Committee is pushing local and county governments to pass resolutions to circumvent a directive issued by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal that barred local law enforcement agencies from renewing contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement without approval.

“Government can’t afford to be reckless. It can’t pay for progressive platitudes with the health, safety and welfare of battered women and sexually abused children,” Republican state Chairman Doug Steinhardt said. “This is Phil Murphy putting his political agenda ahead of the public’s safety.  It’s wrong and it must end.”

Primary, the directive bars local law enforcement from honoring detainer requests submitted by ICE, the federal agency tasked with deportations.

Detainers, though not legally binding, ask that local authorities hold detained individuals for up to 48 hours to allow federal authorities to take them into custody.

The issue has already been raised in the first legislative district, though Republican and Democratic candidates in the right-leaning district are aligned in their opposition to Grewal’s directive.

“The Governor and the Attorney General should encourage cooperation between law enforcement agencies at all levels. Instead, they weaponize the Attorney General’s office and are taking aim at our County Sheriffs,” Steinhardt said. “Millions of innocent New Jerseyans depend on Law Enforcement to keep them safe from predators, drug dealers and violent criminals. We cheapen all of their lives when we play politics with them.”

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