Posted on November 30, 2018

New Jersey Announces New Rules to Limit Police Cooperation with ICE

Associated Press, November 29, 2018

New Jersey announced new rules Thursday that will limit law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities.


Under New Jersey’s directive, police can’t question, search or arrest anyone based solely on suspected immigration status. They also can’t ask a person’s immigration status unless it’s necessary in investigating a serious offense.

Police also are barred from participating in civil immigration enforcement operations conducted by ICE. {snip}

Once a person is arrested, local law enforcement officers are prevented from allowing ICE to interview the person unless he or she has been advised of the right to a lawyer.

For detainees charged with serious crimes such as murder, rape, assault, arson or domestic violence, law enforcement and corrections officers can notify ICE of the suspect’s upcoming release but can continue to detain the suspect only until 11:59 p.m. on the day of notification.