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Anthony Gallo, a Republican candidate for Middlesex County sheriff, took to social media to blast NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal for chastising Monmouth and Cape May county sheriffs over their cooperation with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
According to NJ.com, Grewal issued a directive designed to limit state and local authorities’ interactions with ICE to strictly criminal matters. The AG’s office says that undocumented immigrants would be less inclined to be useful witnesses or report crimes to police if they could not determine whether or not they were ICE and risk deportation. Critics have responded that such policies make New Jersey into a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigration.
Gallo, in a Facebook post, called for Grewal’s own arrest, accusing him of “harboring ‘criminal’ illegal aliens” and expressed his surprise that of 21 NJ counties, 19 “have been releasing these ‘Criminals’ into our backyards with our Families.” He called for the removal of Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott “who listens to this Criminal Attorney General and not the People of Middlesex County.” Gallo charged that “NO politician or appointed official has the right to tell a sitting Sheriff who is elected by the People what to do. Only the people can do that at the ballot box.”