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NJ County Fighting Limited Immigration Cooperation With Local Officers

A New Jersey sheriff is appealing the state's decision to block local law enforcement officers from acting as federal immigration officials.

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The Cape May County sheriff has been on an almost three-year-long journey with New Jersey over a Trump administration immigration policy. The administration allowed local officials to check the immigration status of some detainees who were arrested for offenses like traffic violations, effectively deputizing them as immigration officers. New Jersey enacted a policy to block that cooperation and prevent law enforcement officers from transferring undocumented detainees to federal immigration officials in some cases. A federal District Judge sided with the state and dismissed lawsuits against it last year, but the Cape May sheriff’s office has since appealed. NJ.com 

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