After voting in July to file a federal lawsuit against Governor Murphy’s administration over the Immigrant Trust Directive that prohibits state, county and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with ICE in New Jersey the Ocean County Board of Freeholders filed the lawsuit against Attorney General Grewal and his office. The Board of Freeholders is seeking a declaration that Grewal’s Immigrant Trust Directive exceeds the lawful scope of his authority and is preempted by the federal government’s exclusive authority to regulate and enforce immigration laws. It also seeks a declaration that the attorney general lacks authority to regulate the county’s sharing of inmate information with law enforcement agencies.
New Jersey’s radical leftist Governor is at it again. Speaking to a group in Bloomfield Monday night Governor Murphy said he would sign a bill granting undocumented illegal immigrants drivers licenses if a bill crossed his desk calling it a “no brainer.” “It’s a no-brainer. I’m frustrated that it’s not on my desk. I encourage you to call your Assembly person, your Senator, and ask him why it is stuck and not on the Governor’s desk because I will sign it” Murphy told a group inside Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield. The bill would give driver licenses to an estimated 400,000 undocumented illegal immigrants in New Jersey.
Eleven days ago we reported that New Jersey had joined a lawsuit against the trump Administration over the President’s public charge immigration rule. At the time we pointed out that New Jersey had been involved in seven law suits against the U.S. government and/or the Trump Administration in seven months and asked the question when will Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal stop using our tax dollars in their political war against Washington? Yesterday we were given our answer when New Jersey joined the eighth lawsuit against Washington in seven months.
Unfortunately we find ourselves reporting far too often that New Jersey has joined a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. In February New Jersey joined a lawsuit filed against the Trump Administration to block the President’s emergency declaration to build a wall at our southern border. In March New Jersey joined a lawsuit over a regulatory opinion issued by the Trump administration regarding online gaming. In April New Jersey joined a lawsuit over the Administration’s decision to ease restrictions on power plants. In June New Jersey joined a lawsuit against the Trump Administration regarding children being separated from their illegal immigrant parents at the southern border. In July New Jersey joined a lawsuit claiming that the federal government does not adequately regulate asbestos. Also in July New Jersey sued the IRS and Treasury Department over the SALT deduction cap. This week New Jersey has joined a lawsuit against the trump administration over the President’s public charge immigration rule (a change that will save American tax payers $2.27 billion a year in public assistance to immigrants). That is seven lawsuits against the government in seven months begging the question when will Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal stop using our tax dollars in their political war against Washington?
Governor Murphy and his appointed Attorney General Grewal announced on Wednesday that New Jersey has joined New York and Connecticut in filing a federal lawsuit against the IRS over the $10,000 SALT deduction cap. “We’re challenging that rule as unlawful, as a violation of our federal tax code, and we’re asking the federal court in New York to strike it down,” Grewal said. When you dig into it this is just another example of Murphy using our tax resources in his war against the Trump Administration
Multiple news outlets have reported that ICE is preparing for raids across the country this weekend, including in New Jersey, with the goal of arresting illegal immigrants. In a stunning statement New Jersey Governor Murphy has again demonstrated to New jersey’s legal tax paying citizens that they are not his priority.
Earlier this week we reported that Murphy and Grewal were not happy that New Jersey sheriffs are ignoring their Immigrant Trust Directive. Grewal’s office, who is sworn to enforce the law, threatened New Jersey law enforcement officers who are performing their sworn duty by arresting legal immigrants who are breaking the law. Many applauded the Monmouth and Cape May County sheriffs and called on other New Jersey counties to follow suit. It sounds like Ocean County’s Board of Freeholders is following their leads and voted to sue the Murphy Administration over the Immigrant Trust Directive stating “NJ is either part of the US or it’s not”.
Back in November Attorney General Grewal released the 11-page Immigrant Trust Directive Included in the new rules New Jersey law enforcement officers cannot cooperate with ICE, turn illegal immigrants over to federal law enforcement officers for deportation or ask the immigration status of any individual unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation. ICE is not to be provided access to state or local law enforcement resources including equipment, office space, databases or property. It turns out that not all of New Jersey’s law enforcement leaders share Murphy and Grewal’s sanctuary dream.
Late last year when Attorney General Grewal released his sanctuary rules ICE responded with a threat of more immigration raids in New Jersey. A representative of the ICE office in Newark told NBC News at the time that ICE raids will “likely increase” as a result of the directive. “The probability is that at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations, which already exist, will likely increase due to the fact that ICE will no longer have cooperation related to immigration enforcement,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul added “the highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws, we must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations.” That appears to be exactly what’s happening as ICE recently announced it had arrested 123 immigrants during a month long operation in New Jersey.
I have found myself angry many times over the past 13-months since since Governor Murphy took office. There may not have been a time when I was more angry then this morning when I learned that New Jersey is 1 of 16 states that joined a lawsuit filed Monday against President Trump to block his emergency declaration to build the wall. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal who was appointed by Murphy said in a Tweet “The only emergency today is a President who refuses to adhere to the rule of law”. This of course coming from the AG who released his Immigrant Trust Directive last year making New Jersey a sanctuary state, refusing to cooperate with ICE and defying federal immigration law. Murphy even budged $2.1 million for the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation (monies to fight the federal government in its efforts to enforce federal law).