On Thursday, the state of New Jersey made it more difficult to break up drug networks involving illegal immigrants when Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued a directive to all state, county, and local law enforcement agencies limiting the aid that they can give to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The new directive was ostensibly written to separate the responsibilities carried by state law officers from those of federal immigration authorities.
According to the Cape May County Herald, Attorney General Directive 2018-6 states that in most cases, New Jersey’s law enforcement officers:
Cannot stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status; cannot ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation; cannot participate in civil immigration enforcement operations conducted by ICE; cannot provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property, unless those resources are readily available to the public, and cannot allow ICE to interview an individual arrested on a criminal charge unless that person is advised of his or her right to a lawyer. – READ MORE