Thuggish ICE agency threatens New Jersey with more raids over new pro-immigrant directive
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is threatening the state of New Jersey with increased raids and arrests over new pro-immigrant policy, using the exact same wording from its threat to the state of California last year, also over pro-immigrant policy.
“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites,” the thuggish agency threatened regarding New Jersey state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s new directive banning local police collaboration with ICE operations, “which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests.”
Last year, a venomous statement from the former acting ICE director used the same wording: “ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests.” Mass deportation officials recycling threats is about as green as we can expect the Trump administration to get.
New Jersey leaders, thankfully, aren’t budging—“we don’t respond to threats,” Grewal said—and following increased ICE arrests in the state, advocates are applauding the state’s move. Raids “created a climate of extraordinary fear,” Make the Road New Jersey’s Sara Cullaine told Think Progress. “People pulling their children out of schools, too afraid to be out in public. Afterwards came the big campaign to push our state to not aid in deportations.”
The new directive, Think Progress continues, “is the nation’s most comprehensive set of pro-immigrant law enforcement policies, going further than states like California.”