In 2017, amidst increasingly racist and xenophobic rhetoric from the Trump administration, New Jersey saw a 42% increase in ICE arrests compared to previous years. NJAIJ and member organizations fought for the Attorney General's Immigrant Trust Directive in 2018, a set of comprehensive guidelines for law enforcement on how to interact with immigrant communities and limiting their involvement in civil immigration enforcement.

Over time NJAIJ has used learnings from this directive to fight for the Values Act, a bill that would codify the best of these initial protections into law and expand them so that no person should fear detention or deportation as a consequence of standing up for their rights or seeking services and support.

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