ICE has responded to the new sanctuary rules by New Jersey’s Attorney General with a threat of more immigration raids in New Jersey. ICE says it has no choice but to conduct more arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites in New Jersey. A representative of the ICE office in Newark told NBC News that ICE raids will “likely increase” as a result of the directive. “The probability is that at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations, which already exist, will likely increase due to the fact that ICE will no longer have the cooperation of the jails related to immigration enforcement,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul added “the highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws, we must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations.” Attorney General Grewal has not responded.
A November 23, 2018 editorial in the Asbury Park Press makes strong points for the legislature to hold off on advancing a marijuana bill until legitimate concerns that have been raised about legalization have been answered. By now a bill has already passed legislative committee but it’s not too late to ensure that legislators take a close look at unanswered questions. While I continue to oppose a legalized marijuana bill in New Jersey I believe the legislature will pass some form of legislation and want to ensure that the legislature does it’s due diligence. Why rush a bill to meet a self-imposed timeline?