Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Feb. 5 Forum in Morristown

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will conduct its third public meeting of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s 2121 Community Policing Project — focused on the Attorney General’s Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias Crimes — on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5.Morris Prosecutor Community Outreach: Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias Crimes

The Prosecutor’s Office will be presenting jointly with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, which will host this event. It is anticipated that representatives of the Attorney General’s Office will participate in this program.

The event will run from 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

The program will highlight the recently issued New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Immigrant Trust Directive, as well as Bias Crimes and Incidents.

In 2018, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey limiting the types of voluntary assistance that their officers may provide to federal civil immigration authorities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office, the new rules were designed to strengthen trust between New Jersey law enforcement officers and the state’s diverse immigrant communities.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, “the directive is intended to draw a clear line between the responsibility of New Jersey’s 36,000 law enforcement officers to enforce state criminal laws and the responsibility of federal immigration authorities to enforce federal civil immigration law. The directive applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies, including police, prosecutors, county detectives, sheriff’s officers, and correction officers, and seeks to ensure that immigrants feel safe reporting crimes to New Jersey law enforcement officers.”

Attorney General Directive 2018-6, known as the “Immigrant Trust Directive,” provides that, except in limited circumstances, New Jersey’s law enforcement officers:Morris Prosecutor Community Outreach: Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias Crimes

  • Cannot stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status;
  • Cannot ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation;
  • Cannot participate in civil immigration enforcement operations conducted by ICE;
  • Cannot provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property, unless those resources are readily available to the public;
  • Cannot allow ICE to interview an individual arrested on a criminal charge unless that person is advised of his or her right to a lawyer.