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By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted November 29, 2018 at 01:49 PM | Updated November 29, 2018 at 04:45 PM
New Jersey’s attorney general unveiled a broad new directive Thursday limiting when local police can ask someone’s immigration status and turn unauthorized immigrants over to federal officials for deportation.
Standing in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the new rules — called the Immigrant Trust Directive — are designed to improve relations between local police and immigrant communities.
The new rules will draw “a bright line” between federal immigration officials and local police at a time when immigrants are growing more fearful of deportation and federal crackdowns on illegal immigration, Grewal said.
“No law-abiding resident of this great state should live in fear that a routine traffic stop by local police will result in his or her deportation from this country,” Grewal said.
Officials with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency slammed the attorney general for rules they say will hinder ICE and undermine public safety.
“Ultimately, this directive shields certain criminal aliens, creating a state-sanctioned haven for those seeking to evade federal authorities, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people the New Jersey Attorney General is charged with protecting,” said Matthew Albence, an ICE deputy director. Continue reading