State Bars Cops From Assisting ICE, So ICE Vows To Launch Massive Raids

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that the Immigrant Trust Directive will help illegal aliens feel safer.

Trenton, NJ – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will be conducting even more large-scale arrests throughout the state, after the New Jersey attorney general issued a directive limiting the amount of assistance local police will be allowed to provide.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the implementation of the “Immigrant Trust Directive” on Thursday, WCAU reported.

"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, according to the Asbury Park Patch.

Grewal referred to illegal immigrant communities as the state’s most vulnerable residents,” and said they had been pushed “deeper into the shadows” due to the “culture of fear” that has allegedly been created by President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

By limiting local law enforcement’s ability to hold illegal aliens accountable, they will be able to “feel safe” around police, which could increase trust, Grewal reasoned.

Under the directive, which goes into effect on Mar. 15, 2019, New Jersey law enforcement officers will be prohibited from stopping, searching, or detaining individuals solely based on their immigration status, the Asbury Park Patch reported.

They also are forbidden from participating in ICE operations, can no longer provide them with information, office space, or other law enforcement resources, and may not allow ICE to interview an arrested person unless the suspect has been told they have a right to an attorney.

"We know from experience that individuals are far less likely to report a crime to the local police if they fear that the responding officer will turn them over to federal immigration authorities," Grewal said. "That fear makes it more difficult for officers to solve crimes and bring suspects to justice."

The attorney general said the directive was intended to “draw a clear distinction between local police and federal civil immigration authorities,” the Asbury Park Patch reported.

ICE immediately condemned the directive, arguing that it will compromise citizens’ safety by shielding criminals, WCAU reported.

"The New Jersey Attorney General's decision to further limit law enforcement's ability to cooperate with ICE undermines public safety and hinders ICE from performing its federally-mandated mission," ICE Deputy Director Matthew Albence said in a statement, according to the news outlet.

"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 NJ Attorney General is charged with protecting," Albence argued.

ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul said that the state should expect large-scale arrests and worksite enforcement operations “due to the face that ICE ERO will no longer have the cooperation of the jails related to immigration enforcement,” WCAU reported.

"[ICE’s] highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws,” Dabul said. “We must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations."

An estimated 500,000 illegal aliens are currently living in New Jersey, according to the news outlet.

Using state and local police, Grewal’s office has created informative videos in Spanish, Creole, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, and other languages to explain the Immigrant Trust Directive to illegal alien communities, NJ.com reported.

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sturnman22
sturnman22

For the 100th time, they are illegal aliens operating outside the parameters of the legal immigrant policies and law.

LEO0301
LEO0301

""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" There is only one problem with this logic. The people he is referring to are breaking the law so it is impossible for them to be "law abiding" citizens.

DannyWmo
DannyWmo

If they are here illegally, then they have already committed a crime. So they would not count as a "law abiding resident" as they are neither a resident nor law abiding. And when one of these illegal immigrants that the State of New Jersey has chosen to harbor, commits a crime resulting in the the loss of life, the State of New Jersey should be sued and held criminally negligent as well.

Fdlore1
Fdlore1

These liberals open their mouths and show their ignorance! “Illegal” aliens are breaking the law, therefore genius, they’re not law abiding! If NJ has over 500,000 illegal aliens, we better make sure this caravan is stopped!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"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,"

Hey Dummy, they are ILLEGAL aliens, not residents.

Roadking05
Roadking05

If they are here illegally, then please explain how they are law abiding residents?

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

California did the same and ICE stepped up workplace and residential raids. This resulted in not just the apprehension of criminal aliens but others who were undocumented but in the wrong place at the wrong time. This will backfire on NJ too.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

These communities who fail to assist federal officers from doing their jobs should be barred from requesting federal assistance. Oh, wait! That is exactly what the Federal Government is trying to do but the liberal snowflake courts keep blocking them.

Old Fokker
Old Fokker

I think that 'Aiding and Abetting' anyone illegal, would put a certain AG in jail. Not to mention his oath of Office has been violated, on a couple counts.

JohnPaul340
JohnPaul340

They are not law abiding residents. They are ILLEGAL ALIENS! Get it right dummy.

MOSES62
MOSES62

Is this guy on "the pipe " how in God's name do these people get elected ?

rltnspd
rltnspd

If these Aliens are ILLEGAL, than they are NOT law abiding. What kind of crap law is this?

Pennymae
Pennymae

No one is supposed to be above or exempt from the law, so why do we constantly allow this lawlessness to take place. It's time for the American people to hold elected officials accountable when they aid, support and commit criminal behavior. Since when do we get to pick a choose what laws we follow and how does the average American citizen get that privilege, because taxes sure are a P in the A...just sayin'

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

But we can’t deport potential Votes for the Democrats.

Maxholden
Maxholden

The AG 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,"! By definition an illegal immigrant is a criminal and not a law abiding resident! What part of this do they not understand?

angeleyes
angeleyes

make it so that it is not worth it to the employers (legal and illegal) to hire them, keep illegals off public dole, keep federal funding away until states/cities abide by law, arrest all illegals and put in jail/deport and make it not worthwhile for illegals to come and they will go away.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Being a non legal invader in this country makes you a FEDERAL offender......so by definition, they are not "law abiding" . Aiding and abetting a felon in the commission of a crime is a felony, in and of itself. Ipso facto the New Joisy AG is a federal felon and should be arrested.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

I know of no other country where I can just show up - illegally - and demand all my free stuff and live a far better life. The system, which has its problems, was designed as "merit-based" so "We The People" benefited from legal immigration. Now we are trying to support the whole damn world - as long as they vote for Democrats. The answer is simple. We need a National Citizenship ID Card that is required for employment or part of the Voter ID registration. No NCID/Voter ID - No Job, No Free Stuff, No Voting. I seem to remember getting a Military Draft Registration card which I was told I had to carry with me at all times. Somewhat the same for the Social Security Card. Now, no idea who is in our Country and we're issuing driver's license by whatever name they provide. Who is running this asylum? We deserve answers since we're paying for the consequences.

BTW - N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, you're an idiot.

Skidoo
Skidoo

ICE is spread too thin to be effective. I'd like to see them concentrate their efforts one state at a time. Clean out each state then move on.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Why isn't this AG being charged for aiding and abetting those who are breaking our laws?

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

So, let me understand what the AG is saying. If an illegal alien reports a crime and the suspect is also illegal, no investigation will be done since its sanctuary state. We done want to send any illegal back where they belong

GForce48
GForce48

Murphy and Grewal are doing their best to turn the State of New Jersey into a third world shithole! Glad we got out as soon as we were able to! We can't entrust our collective security to the hands of Dems/Libs. They do not worry about the safety and security of American citizens but rather work to ensure unfettered immigration continues. Illegals, "let'em in!" Drug dealers, "let'em in!" Human traffickers, "let'em in!" Criminals, "let'em in!" Terrorists, "let'em in!"

K9ndn
K9ndn

Typical liberal Yankees. Ok strip all federal funding! Period!

dsmarine
dsmarine

It is really hard to be law enforcement of any kind today. No country can defeat us on the battlefield, they have been and continue to attack from within!

Bld54
Bld54

Liberal sense: calling someone who is here illegally law abiding.

SAAM
SAAM

Now thats something you dont see often: the words "great state" and "New Jersey" in the same sentence.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Wait until New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal loses a family member to a MS-13 punk and maybe then he might see the light...

Dave In Arizona
Dave In Arizona

"New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that the Immigrant Trust Directive will help illegal aliens feel safer." Wonderful AG Grewal. Most happy the illegal aliens will be feeling safer, but what about the local LEGAL citizens? How safe will they feel?

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

The First thing I noticed was the lie that the AG was promoting. "Tonight, we held back-to-back meetings at public schools in #Paterson to discuss our latest efforts to build trust between NJ law enforcement & our immigrant communities." That wasn't a meeting to promote trust between NJ Law Enforcement and immigrants. It was a meeting to promote illegal immigrants living in New Jersey. When will people realize that they are being lied too?

Trefflek
Trefflek

"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

How can you be an illegal alien law breaker and law abiding citizen at the same time? Insanity

Wham bam thank mam
Wham bam thank mam

"New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that the Immigrant Trust Directive will help illegal aliens feel safer."

No he did not thats your interpretation of what he said, stop the lying narrative BLM.

PAC416
PAC416

The federal government should withhold federal law enforcement funds from all "sanctuary cities or states". They with held highway funds back in the 70s if a state didn’t lower the speed limit to 55mph and again in the 90s if a state didn’t enact a seatbelt law.