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Trenton NJ, New Jersey Attorney General Grewal has issued a statewide directive curtailing state and local police participation in Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement – “Immigrant Trust Directive” Designed to Promote Public Safety by Building Trust Between Police and Immigrant Communities.
In November 2018, the State of New Jersey issued new rules designed to strengthen trust between law enforcement officers and immigrant communities. The rules limit the types of assistance that New Jersey state and local law enforcement officers may provide to federal immigration authorities, including ICE.
For example, under the new rules, a New Jersey police officer may not stop, question, arrest, search, or detain an individual simply because the officer thinks that the individual might be undocumented. In addition, police officers cannot ask about an individual’s immigration status except in the rare cases when that information is relevant to a specific criminal investigation.
One of the purposes of the new rules is to ensure that all New Jersey residents, including immigrants, feel safe interacting with state and local police officers. These rules ensure that victims and witnesses can report crimes to law enforcement without fear that they will be turned over to federal immigration authorities .
According to Federal prosecutors two of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist hijackers used a public-access computer at a New Jersey state college library to buy tickets for the plane they helped hijack and crash into the Pentagon. Alhamzi and Almidhar were two of the five hijackers who helped seize American Airlines Flight 77, which took off from Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., and crashed into the Pentagon.
They were among a group of as may as six of the Sept. 11 hijackers who lived in Paterson NJ shortly before the attacks. Two others, Hani Hanjour, who would pilot the doomed plane, and Majed Moqed, bought their tickets from a Totowa travel agency, paying with a wad of cash after their debit card was rejected less than two weeks before the attacks.