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LD10 legislators not fond of new Grewal directive

Order bars county jails from cooperating with ICE

By Nikita Biryukov, November 30 2018 11:58 am

Republicans in the 10th legislative district aren’t happy with State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s directive limiting the ability of New Jersey law enforcement agencies to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Attorney General Grewal’s ill-conceived order is a dangerous political statement that jeopardizes the safety of millions of our residents,” Sen. Jim Holzapfel said. “New Jersey is a diverse and welcoming state, but without the cooperation of state and local police, individuals who should be taken off our streets will still be able to disregard the law. For the sake of the hardworking residents who live here legally, I am urging Attorney General Grewal to rethink this drastic action immediately.”

Grewal’s new directive, which was issued yesterday, bars county jails from complying with requests from ICE to hold and eventually transfer to the federal agency those arrested for other crimes.

Up until this point, law enforcement agencies could choose to comply with these detainer requests or ignore them.

“We don’t want to do anything that is contrary to federal law,” Assemblyman Dave Wolfe said. “This is America. You can’t pick and choose which laws you want to follow. New Jersey should be a tolerant place for people of all backgrounds, but that doesn’t mean we should violate the law or stop hardworking immigration officials from doing their jobs.”

Assemblyman Greg McGuckin joined his fellow running mates in speaking against Grewal’s directive.

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