In a staggering release today the New Jersey Department of the Treasury announced that it has allocated $2.1 million in supplemental funding to help provide legal representation for illegal immigrants facing detention and deportation following through on Murphy’s budget initiative. Under the finalized grant agreement with the Treasury, legal representation will be administered through a consortium of providers. As the principal contractor, Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) will be allocated $925,000 for direct representation services to eligible immigrants. An additional $925,000 will be sub-granted to American Friends Service Committee for its direct representation services, and $125,000 will be sub-granted to each of the law school clinics at Rutgers University and Seton Hall University for representation services.
As we discussed just last Wednesday in December Attorney General Grewal will be laying out sanctuary rules limiting New Jersey’s cooperation with ICE. Now Murphy is following through on his promise to provide $2.1 million in funding for legal representation for illegal immigrants. And we the tax payers of New Jersey get to pay for it.
Let us not forget the key piece of that phrase. “Illegal”. Those immigrants facing detention and deportation have broken the law. They are here illegally. They are facing adjudication in the legal system because they are criminals who broke the law. There are legal avenues to U.S. citizenship. Sneaking over the border or staying past the expiration of a visa are not legal paths to citizenship. These illegal immigrants have not been vetted and cannot work legally in the United States. Those who employ them are also breaking the law.
On an average day there are 18,894 inmates in New Jersey’s adult state prison system (based on 2016 numbers from the NJ Dept. of Corrections). My assumption is that most of these inmates are American citizens and probably even New Jersey residents. Is Murphy going to provide legal representation for them next or is this just another opportunity to pursue his tax payer funded battle against the Trump administration?
Murphy said “Families who came to New Jersey for a better life do not deserve to be torn apart by the federal government’s cruel and discriminatory policies”. Governor isn’t that what happens when someone breaks the law? Families are torn apart every single day across this country when a member of that family breaks the law and is adjudicated in a court of law. Those who are in this country illegally have broken the law and deserve to be sentenced as allowed by law.
We cannot allow open borders and we cannot allow immigrants to come to America without vetting. In Europe with it’s open borders the years 2014 to 2016 saw more than 20 fatal terrorist attacks – more than all previous years combined and the highest rate of attack plots per year. In 2017 a total of 62 people were killed in ten completed terror attacks in Europe and an additional 33 plots were thwarted. The safety and security of New Jersey should be the Governor’s highest priority.
Those in New Jersey illegally are breaking federal immigration law. If Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal believe that New Jersey’s law enforcement officers do not need to enforce federal immigration laws they should realize that their blocking the federal government from enforcing the law – and even providing state funding for those facing penalty for breaking those laws is outrageous!
I do not want my tax dollars going to pay for the criminal defense of illegal immigrants and I’d be willing to bet that most New Jersey tax payers feel the same!
Are you mad yet New Jersey? Are we ready to vote these people out of office before it’s too late?