Elizabeth mayor: Police officers won’t help immigration agents without judicial warrant

The Elizabeth mayor says police officers won't help immigration agents without a judicial warrant.

The Elizabeth mayor says police officers won't help immigration agents without a judicial warrant. (2/21/17)

ELIZABETH - The mayor of Elizabeth says that the city’s police officers will no longer help Immigration and Customs Enforcement without a judicial warrant.

ICE agents apparently made their first raid in the city last week and enlisted the police to help them.

Mayor Chris Bollwage says the agents came to Elizabeth Thursday with an administrative warrant to arrest a woman. When ICE agents knocked on a door looking for her, the family apparently refused to answer it. ICE called the Elizabeth police to assist. Bollwage says the family let the officers inside, but not the agents.

Bollwage says that the police force does not have the resources to assist in these types of raids and won’t do so unless officers are presented with a judicial warrant.

Immigration activist Sarah Cullinane says that ICE can make arrests with an administrative warrant, but it takes a judicial warrant to enter a home by force.

“It’s really important people know you do have rights. Even if you don't have lawful immigration status, you still have rights,” Cullinane says.

Immigration activists have been handing out fliers to let people know what to do if ICE comes to their door. The fliers warn people to refrain from opening their doors, remain silent and take pictures and video of a raid while it is happening. 

President Donald Trump says that his immigration policy is designed to get dangerous people who are in the country illegally out of the United States. But it has been met with some resistance.

New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski says that he is hoping to make New Jersey a sanctuary state.

“The federal government can’t insist, may not, under our Constitution, enforce its laws by using our police officers,” Wisniewski says.

ICE has called its arrests "targeted enforcement."  The Department of Homeland Security said officers had arrested 680 people last week based on the immigration orders, and that some had criminal backgrounds.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 1 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 2 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 3 New Jersey Weather Forecast
The event, which is only in its second 4 Central NJ brain tumor walked held in Asbury Park
A possible protest is taking shape among transit 5 Commuters threaten possible 'No Pay May' protest on NJ Transit

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

One day after delighting in a massive campaign-style Trump rallies supporters by renewing old promises, insults

After four tumultuous weeks of governing, President Donald Trump is out of the White House

A nationwide ‘Day without Immigrants’ hopes to highlight immigration concerns

Thousands of New Jersey residents may not show up to work Thursday as part of

Gov. Chris Christie vowed to veto any proposed Christie vows to veto proposed funds for sanctuary cities

Gov. Chris Christie says that he won’t supplement sanctuary cities with state money should they

New Jersey lawmakers say stripping funding from sanctuary Lawmakers: Stripping funding from sanctuary cities would be dangerous

Some New Jersey lawmakers say they are in a difficult position when it comes to

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.