The Department of Justice is suing New Jersey and its top executives for passing a law that allegedly obstructs federal immigration enforcement.
The law prohibits state officials from providing federal officials with key information they say they need to make sure illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in the U.S. are prosecuted and possibly deported. That information includes a detainee's immigration status and scheduled release date.
The Justice Department claims that New Jersey's decision to obstruct federal immigration enforcement is unlawful under the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which states that federal laws have priority over state laws.
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