Third Circuit Allows NJ to Restrict Police Cooperation with Immigration Officials

August 17, 2021

The Attorney General of New Jersey’s ban on providing information to federal agencies is upheld by a federal court.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, affirmed former New Jersey Attorney General Gubrir Grewal’s 2018 decision to limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration agents on Monday.

The order, which was first issued in 2018 and then updated a year later, prevented counties and law enforcement from sharing personal information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities, such as Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. The Attorney General also prohibited law enforcement agencies from providing other assistance to federal government personnel, such as database access or office space, for the purpose of implementing federal immigration laws. Finally, the instruction made it illegal for federal immigration agents to visit inmates unless they signed written authorization papers.