Streams

Newark Police Department Limits Cooperation With Federal Immigration Agency

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The police department in Newark, N.J., has decided to limit its cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

When an immigrant without legal status is arrested for a minor offense, such as shoplifting, the Newark Police Department says it will no longer honor a request from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to keep that immigrant in custody.

Newark’s Police Director says the department wants to enhance its partnership with the city's immigrant communities.

“All residents, regardless of their immigration status, are safe to cooperate with the police,” said Udi Ofer, the executive director of the ACLU of New Jersey, which advocated for this policy change.

New York, Chicago and New Orleans are among cities that have already adopted similar policies. The federal immigration agency says the limited cooperation policy undermines public safety.

Editors:

Julianne Welby

Tags:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [5]

pinkie1272

There goes the rest of the neighborhood. :(

Aug. 31 2013 11:25 AM

TO:I contributed to build freedom tower from Nyc (above)

You know my "friend", personal attacks are always considered to be a sign of weakness! If you want to contribute to the discussion at hand, please confine your comments to the issues, not to a personal attack on me!

Aug. 28 2013 09:05 AM
Mason from Ethereality

What? They want to "enhance its partnership with the city's immigrant communities." What kind of crap is that?

Sure, normal american citizens don't have to be indefinitely detained for a minor offense, but that's because they are held to more responsibilities as a citizen. We have absolutely no leverage over an illegal immigrant if we can't even detain them. I signed the social contract at birth,and they should too if they want the benefits of living within this land.

Aug. 26 2013 01:20 PM
Icontributedtobuildfreedomtower from Nyc

Alexander you are not smart!

Aug. 26 2013 12:27 PM
Alexander Smart from US

I have a question for THE ACLU. If I, as a legal American indulged in shop-lifting, would your Udi Ofer of the ACLU, come riding to my rescue? I doubt it! If I crossed the Mexican border in search of work, since I have been looking for work for over 3 years, I would be imprisoned indefinitely!

I say ACLU BACK OFF and help the American situation, not the Illegal Alien Situation at a time when more than 20 MILLION Americans can not find work!

AS to American Police, did any of you ever take an oath of office? I think that I'll refer you to Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio! Maybe ICE should arrest & detain YOU as a first step in detaining Illegal Alliens! I am a supporter of law enforscement who do their jobs!

Beware Newark law enforcement, Sheriff Joe may be heading up your way on my referral!

Aug. 25 2013 06:28 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored