Nov 22 - Can N.J.'s immigrant 'sanctuary' cities survive under Trump?


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Nov 22 - Can N.J.'s immigrant 'sanctuary' cities survive under Trump?


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NEWARK — New Jersey cities that refuse to implement federal immigration enforcement may not be breaking the law, but they could be setting themselves up to face some serious consequences under president-elect Donald Trump's administration, immigration law experts say.

The responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws, experts say, falls to the federal government. Acts like detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants "are not up to individual cities to enforce," said Newark immigration lawyer Robert Frank.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was one of a flurry of "sanctuary city" mayors across the country this week who have said their municipalities would continue policies in place to protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation by federal immigration officials.

"We do not hold undocumented inmates in jail at the request of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless the detainer request is accompanied by a judge's order," Baraka said in the forceful statement.

"Despite the election of Donald Trump, we see no reason to change that policy."

Though Frank said the policies in place in sanctuary cities do not violate any laws, Trump could put policies in place that would attempt to "coerce" cities to comply with immigration requests, namely cutting the cities' federal funding or ability to access federal programs -- something the president-elect said during campaign season he might do.

But, experts say, any legal threat to the cities' policies would likely need to come from Congress, not from a presidential executive order.

Congress, Frank said, could "pass a law that could challenge these sanctuary cities."

But, it would be difficult for Trump to unilaterally impose rules to make states comply with federal immigration officials. That "ain't gunna work," said Michael Wildes, a high-profile New York immigration attorney and former New Jersey mayor.

In addition to Baraka, mayors from across the state – like Jersey City's Steven Fulop and Union City's Brian Stack – have echoed their commitments to the policies they currently have in place, even in the face of a potential battle with the White House. A spokesman for Baraka Wednesday said that the mayor is aware of the threat of losing federal funding, but "stands firm" in his position on the issue.

Wildes – a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in the election but represented Trump's wife, Melania, when her immigration status was called into question during the campaign – said he thinks Trump may back down from immigration-related claims made during the campaign, something Trump alluded to in a recent "60 Minutes" interview.

Either way, Wildes speculated, the issue is "going to come to a head in the coming months."

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