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New Jersey Policy Perspective
November 2018

Working with ICE: A Costly Choice for New Jersey
By Erika Nava

After peaking in 2009, ICE detainers in New Jersey steadily declined through 2015, but they are increasing under the Trump administration. From 2016 to 2017, ICE’s issuance of detainers has increased by 87.5 percent in New Jersey, compared to 40 percent nationally. New Jersey has voluntarily honored these detainer requests, or “immigration holds,” at least 63 percent of the time,compared to 54 percent nationwide. By honoring detainers, New Jersey allows ICE to use local resources, without bearing any of the cost, to imprison people without due process. In many cases immigrants are held without any charges pending. These detainers come with a significant cost - both social and in real dollars to New Jersey......[Citing TRAC data and research].

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