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March 24, 2021

Cooperation with ICE Deepens Racial and Economic Disparities in New Jersey
By Vineeta Kapahi

Immigration detainer requests are non-binding: law enforcement agencies have discretion over whether or not to honor them. Yet, law enforcement agencies in New Jersey generally comply with these requests and have only refused a very small portion, 6 percent or less each year, according to ICE’s records collected by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) through Freedom of Information Act requests. Consistent with ICE’s well-documented lack of transparency, TRAC notes that law enforcement agencies’ refusal to honor detainer requests is an optional field in ICE’s database and may not be reliably recorded.

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