NJ immigration policy draws lawsuit from Justice Department

Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal are shown in Jersey City.
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UPDATED: 9:22 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state of New Jersey over immigration policy. 

New Jersey's policy bars law enforcement from asking for an individual's immigration status, unless it is tied to an investigation. It also prohibits sharing with ICE agents any release dates of those in custody. Grewal defends the policy, claiming it has improved trust and cooperation between the immigrant community and law enforcement.

Immigrant advocates are calling the suit an election-year ruse.