Immigration and Customs Enforcement has responded to new pro-undocumented immigrant law enforcement policies implemented by the state of New Jersey with a threat of increased raids.
The new guidelines limit when state, county, and local police officers can assist federal immigration authorities, the attorney general said.
Among the rules in the Immigrant Trust Directive:
- New Jersey police officers cannot stop, question, arrest, search or detain any individual based solely on their suspected immigration status.
- Law enforcement officials can not ask the immigration status of anyone unless it is part of an ongoing investigation of a serious offense.
- No officer in New Jersey can participate in ICE immigration raids or operations.
- ICE can’t access any state or local law enforcement equipment, databases or other resources.
- ICE can’t interview anyone arrested on criminal charges unless suspects are advised of their rights by their lawyers.
A spokesperson for the ICE office in Newark told NBC New York in a statement that ICE raids will “likely increase” as a result of the directive.
Federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement since April have conducted at least three major raids across New Jersey, arresting nearly 190 people suspected of being undocumented immigrants.
That followed a 12-month period during which ICE’s Newark, New Jersey, field office increased its arrest rate 42 percent during fiscal year 2017, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
Now, a day after New Jersey’s attorney general announced new rules restricting local law enforcement officers’ interaction with immigration agents, ICE is threatening even more raids.
A spokesman for the Newark office said in a statement Friday to NBC Philadelphia that New Jersey should expect increased arrests because of the new rules.
“The probability is that at large arrests and worksite enforcement operations, which already exist, will likely increase due to the fact that ICE ERO will no longer have the cooperation of the jails related to immigration enforcement,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul said in an email.
He added that since the agency’s “highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws, we must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at large arrests and worksite enforcement operations.” More
“The new rules are meant to strengthen the trust between local law enforcement and immigrants in the state, Grewal said.” Why not strengthen the trust between American citizens and our Government by enforcing Immigration Law? Don’t we count at all?
Nowhere else in the world can a political party import illegal aliens to replace the will of their citizens. Americans better start standing up for themselves or risk becoming a second-class citizen in their own country.
Parts of this post was first seen at GodfatherPolitics