The brand new legislation bars native and personal jails from “getting into into, renewing, or extending” detention agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It doesn’t terminate present ICE contracts.
The apply of contracting with the federal company to carry suspects awaiting deportation hearings might be extremely profitable for native governments, with some charging as a lot as as $120 a day per detainee, based on ICE’s 2018 funds.
Prisons in Bergen and Hudson counties nonetheless have remaining contracts, and a privately owned jail in Elizabeth only in the near past prolonged its contract till 2023, based on NJ Advance Media.
The governor — a Democrat up for reelection in November — was underneath strain from varied lobbyist and activist teams to push via the laws, together with the New Jersey ACLU.
“For a lot too lengthy, New Jersey has enabled and profited from ICE’s merciless immigration detention system that tears aside households and communities,” ACLU-NJ Coverage Director Sarah Fajardo mentioned in a press release Friday.
“With the signing of this invoice, New Jersey is taking a primary step in direction of ending its complicity within the mass detention of noncitizens.”
Murphy has simply returned from his extremely criticized journey to Italy and didn’t launch a press release in regards to the new invoice as of Friday evening.
State Senate Majority Chief and invoice sponsor Loretta Weinberg instructed NJ Advance Media on Friday that “county jails and different entities must be used to deal with individuals accused of actual crimes, to not arbitrarily maintain people who find themselves making an attempt to reside their lives and contribute like anybody else.”
“Many of those people are immigrants who’ve lived in New Jersey for years, enriching our communities, and strengthening native economies,” Weinberg mentioned. “It is a commonsense invoice and a humane one.”