Ending Cooperation with Warrantless ICE Detainer Requests

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency routinely issues warrantless immigration detainer requests to local jails asking them to hold individuals in their custody for up to 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) longer than they would otherwise be released because of suspected civil immigration offenses. Although these requests are not legally binding, New Jersey county jails have routinely honored them.

New Jersey county jails received nearly 6,000 such requests from ICE between October 2011 and August 2013. Two-thirds of those were lodged against individuals who had not been convicted of any offense.

On July 15th, 2014, the ACLU-NJ sent letters to every New Jersey county jail urging them to join the hundreds of jurisdictions around the country that adopted policies declining to honor these requests because they erode trust between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, jeopardize public safety, and pose significant constitutional concerns.

Below is an clickable map of New Jersey showing New Jersey county and municipal policies on warrantless ICE detainer requests. Please click on a county to see the information for that county. The map will be updated as new information becomes available.

honors warrantless detainer requests
honors warrantless detainer requests in limited situations
does not honor warrantless detainer requests

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