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Justice Department is filing suit against New Jersey over sanctuary policies

Posted: 7:54 PM, Feb 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-10 19:54:16-05
William Barr, attorney general

NEW JERSEY — The Justice Department is filing suit against the state of New Jersey and the county that is home to the city of Seattle over so-called sanctuary policies that hinder federal immigration officers.

Attorney General William Barr announced the lawsuits on Monday at the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in Washington.

The Justice Department’s lawsuit against New Jersey alleges that the state is violating federal law by prohibiting state and local law enforcement from sharing information about criminal suspects in the U.S. illegally.

In 2018, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the directive was "intended to draw a clear line between the responsibility of New Jersey’s 36,000 law enforcement officers to enforce state criminal laws and the responsibility of federal immigration authorities to enforce federal civil immigration law.”

The government is also suing over a policy that prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from using the King County International Airport for deportation flights.