New Rules For NJ Police When Dealing With Immigrants Causes Controversy

December 05, 2018 - 5:36 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There’s a new set of rules on the way for police departments in New Jersey when dealing with illegal immigrants.

The Immigration Trust Directive requires all departments train their officers to rewrite their procedures to comply with new guidelines introduce by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Nov. 29.

All departments must have their officers trained by a March 15 deadline.

The rules now make it clear how and when officers can ask people about their immigration status and limit when police can work with federal immigration agents.

The new rules mandate police cannot ask immigration status unless it’s relevant to a crime. They also cannot help ICE with investigations and law enforcement agencies have to help unauthorized immigrants apply for visas.

However, ICE officials have said they are unhappy with the new guidelines, which they say is creating a “state-sanctioned haven” for illegal immigrants. They also claim the guidelines make it harder for immigration agents to do their jobs.