NJ bans jails from contracting with ICE to hold immigration detainees

New Jersey jails are now banned from working with ICE to detain federal immigration suspects, under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy Friday.

The new law bars local and private jails from “entering into, renewing, or extending” detention agreements with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It does not terminate current ICE contracts.

The practice of contracting with the federal agency to hold suspects awaiting deportation hearings can be highly lucrative for local governments, with some charging as much as as $120 a day per detainee, according to ICE’s 2018 budget.

New Jersey is the fifth state to limit or ban such contracts, following California, Illinois, Washington and

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