Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden quietly extended the County’s 287 (g) agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on March 8, 2019, apparently in defiance of the Murphy Administration’s Sanctuary State Policies as implemented by State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s Immigration Trust Directive.
Golden’s agreement with ICE, and that of Cape May County Sheriff Robert A. Nolan, were reported last night by NJ.com.
287 (g) agreements empower local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws and to cooperate with ICE officers.
The Attorney General’s Office was not aware that Monmouth and Cape May Counties extended their agreements with ICE until they learned as much from a reporter, according to strongly worded letters to Golden and Nolan from Veronica Allende, the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice in the Attorney General’s Office. NJ.com published Allende’s letters. Her letter to Golden is posted here.SHERIFF-ICE-LETTERS 070819
Allende said, in her letter, that Attorney General Grewal would issue a directive on August 9, 2019 prohibiting officers in Monmouth County from exercising their authority under the 287(g) agreement.
Golden told MMM that he received Allende’s letter and that he and his staff are working on a response including the gathering of information requested.
There is precedent of local officials successfully defying Grewal. Last July, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop unilaterally directed his City’s municipal prosecutors not to pursue cases of marijuana possession. Grewal responded forcefully, declaring that Jersey City did not have the power to decriminalize marijuana possession. Within days, Grewal reversed himself and issued a statewide moratorium on marijuana possession prosecutions.