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Immigrant Rights Fellows Host Panel on Newark’s Non-Compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Holds

November 12, 2013 – 

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the Immigrant Rights Fellows at Rutgers School of Law–Newark will host a panel on the reasoning and implications behind Newark’s non-compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) holds. 

On July 24, 2013, Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio signed a policy refusing to honor requests from I.C.E. to detain suspects of minor criminal offenses. I.C.E. had asked law enforcement agencies across the country to hold an individual in custody on behalf of the federal immigration enforcement agency, even if the individual had posted bail. Newark law enforcement officials concluded that the initiative would clog the already crowded prison system. Opponents of the request also fear that compliance with the request would turn police officers into immigration enforcers and create distrust in the community.

The three panelists – Udi Ofer of the American Civil Liberties Union-New Jersey, Amy Gottlieb of the American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program, and Eugene Squeo of Saint Patrick’s Church – will discuss why the policy was implemented, what it means, and where Newark will go from here.

What:“A Brick City Victory: Newark Police Refuse to Honor I.C.E. Detainers” presented by the Immigrant Rights Fellows at Rutgers School of Law-Newark 
Who:Udi Ofer, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union-New Jersey
Amy Gottlieb ’96, Program Director, American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program
Eugene Squeo, Saint Patrick’s Chrich 
When:5:00 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013
Where:McCarter & English Lecture Hall (room 070), Rutgers School of Law–Newark