New Jersey Just Got More Dangerous After Governor Murphy Signs Bill Barring Jails From Working With ICE

Criminal illegal immigration suspects will now be let go into local communities


New Jersey jails are now banned from working with ICE to detain federal immigration suspects, under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The new law bars local and private jails from “entering into, renewing, or extending” detention agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It does not terminate current ICE contracts.

The practice of contracting with the federal agency to hold suspects awaiting deportation hearings can be highly lucrative for local governments, with some charging as much as as $120 a day per detainee, according to ICE’s 2018 budget.

New Jersey is the fifth state to limit or ban such contracts, following California, Illinois, Washington and Maryland.

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