NJ immigration policy draws lawsuit from Justice Department

Mark Abrams
February 11, 2020 - 7:35 am
Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal are shown in Jersey City.

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UPDATED: 9:22 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state of New Jersey over immigration policy. 

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, targets a directive issued by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal more than a year ago, limiting law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents.

The Justice Department contends the federal government has the constitutional authority to enforce immigration laws, and the Garden State's policy impedes that. The feds want Grewal's directive scrapped.

New Jersey's policy bars law enforcement from asking for an individual's immigration status, unless it is tied to an investigation. It also prohibits sharing with ICE agents any release dates of those in custody.
 
Grewal defends the policy, claiming it has improved trust and cooperation between the immigrant community and law enforcement.

Immigrant advocates are calling the suit an election-year ruse.