In New Jersey, Building Trust By Undermining Public Safety



Last Friday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal once again undermined public safety when he issued a directive ending the use of 287(g) agreements, which allow state and local law enforcement to be trained to carry out certain immigration enforcement duties.

The new directive actually revises – and makes worse — the 2018 Immigrant Trust Directive, a set of rules Grewal maintained would promote public safety by building trust between immigrants and local police. The Directive gives sheriffs in the two remaining counties with operating 287(g) programs one week to comply.

Through the eyes of Grewal, no part of his action to further limit ICE’s ability to detain and arrest criminal aliens “should be read to imply that New Jersey provides ‘sanctuary’ to those who commit crimes” in his state.

Grewal even shamelessly claimed that there is a “climate of fear” resulting in people being “afraid to come out and report information to the extent they might have it,” concerning the search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who has been missing for more than a week.

However, he did not mention the arrests a week prior of 54 criminal illegal immigrants who had been released from New Jersey jails before federal law enforcement could detain them. The criminal aliens came from 12 separate countries and were part of a nationwide enforcement effort which led to 1,300 arrests.

According to ICE, there were 158,581 arrests of aliens made in FY2018, 90 percent of whom had criminal convictions (66 percent) pending criminal charges (21 percent) or previously issued final orders of removal (3%). That represents an 11 percent increase over FY2017, which is one reason several sheriffs have criticized the attorney general’s actions.

The sheriffs of Monmouth and Cape May counties see Grewal’s absurd focus on “building trust” as a detriment to public safety and  renewed their agreements  with ICE in the last year. The commitment to cooperating with ICE resulted in a warning from the attorney general’s office because they had “failed” to notify them of the decision to extend the agreements.

Despite being the Garden State’s highest law enforcement authority, Grewal lacks any authority to ban the use of a federal program and his unconstitutional actions further undermine the rule of law.

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the attorney general’s decision not only puts law enforcement in a bind, but it also places in jeopardy in the safety of all communities, particularly immigrants.

“Law enforcement throughout Monmouth County never wants to be faced with a situation where a dangerous, undocumented immigrant is released from jail and poses a threat to a community. However, this sanctuary directive will make our communities less safe, since it places people in those communities at risk for increased violence,” he said in a statement.

Golden added that he fails to recall a directive ever issued “to ignore the laws of this country or state,” which was a sentiment shared by Cape May Sheriff Robert Nolan.

The 35-year veteran law enforcement officer said he’d never been told in his entire career “not to work with another law enforcement agency.” The county of Ocean, New Jersey has filed suit challenging the constitutionality of Grewal’s Immigrant Trust Directive and Cape May is planning to follow their lead.

Grewal’s latest directive adds to a growing number of actions officials in New Jersey are taking to protect criminal illegal immigrants at the expense of New Jersey residents and legal immigrants.

In May, New Jersey State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner issued a May 23 directive that would protect “the effectiveness of our system of justice” by ensuring courthouses are “viewed as a safe forum” for witnesses and “criminal defendants.”

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    LaNell Barrett on

    Just who, or who’s loved one(s), has to be the victim of a violent crime by an illegal alien to WAKE UP THE BLEEDING HEART DEMO WORLD?
    Who’s family members have to be, as so many of us ordinary folk have been, raped, maimed, killed in many ways by those who are here ILLEGALLY? Who fled their country of origin to come here and bring their own crime wave. And gangs. And drug trafficking. Etc, etc, etc.

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    It’s typical Alice in Wonderland logic. Removing criminal aliens and sending them back to where they came from is a far more effective strategy of protecting neighborhoods of any kind than working over time to put those criminals back on the streets. Anyone, citizen or illegal alien, is going to think twice before testifying against these criminals in court because they know there’s a good chance they will be back in those neighborhoods and prepared to take their revenge on those who testified. Yet more proof that the left cares more about criminals than American citizens.

    It’s the same mindset where liberals insist that “walls don’t work” when the border patrol says yes they do, because it slows down border crossers so that agents can get to the scene. Otherwise with no walls or barriers the illegals are across the border and well into the country before there’s time to react. Why are there walls and fences around schools? Because no one can ever climb or get over them? No, because in the time that it takes for someone to climb over, someone in authority is more able to get there. This is not complicated. The left simply doesn’t want any roadblocks for their open borders plans.

    A couple days ago Elizabeth Warren said that amnesty for all illegals here, and there are probably at least 20 million, would “raise wages for all workers”. Again, more nonsense on the face of it. We have had 30 years of wide open immigration, legal and illegal, and it was the incomes of the middle and working classes that fell markedly. The share of the economic pie by the super rich, the very people Warren and AOC complain about, has skyrocketed. In other words, we have had three decades of testing Warren’s theory and the facts, the actual figures, prove her wrong by a wide margin.

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