UPDATED 5:56 PM PT – Saturday, August 21, 2021
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill barring correctional facilities from entering contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detail illegal immigrants. Under the legislation signed on Friday, private jails statewide have been banned from “entering into, renewing or extending” detention agreements with ICE.
“For far too long, New Jersey has enabled and profited from ICE’s cruel immigration detention system that tears apart families and communities,” said ACLU-NJ Policy Director Sarah Fajardo said in a statement.
Local governments have historically made large profits from detaining ICE suspects, earning as much as $120 per day from an inmate. Sources said Murphy, who is up for reelection this year, was pressured by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to halt the practice.