No increased ICE activity in New Jersey despite threats

The ICE roundups of unauthorized immigrants slated for deportation did not materialize over this past weekend, despite the president’s warnings.

Immigrant activist groups in New Jersey say they did not hear reports of increased activity over the weekend, but many groups are continuing to hold workshops to educate unauthorized immigrants about what to do if an agent knocks on their door.

Activists say announcing the actions ahead of time was meant to intimidate immigrant communities rather than signal actual enforcement.

In a statement, officials in ICE’s Newark office said they would not offer specific details on enforcement operations, but that they were prioritizing the removal of “unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”