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.
I am not a fan of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and probably would not know the name Joe Giudice if it were not for his legal issues. What I do know that Guidice was set to be released from prison on March 14, 2019 but is being held on an immigration detainer as his appeal on his deportation order makes it’s way through the court system. That appeal process could take up to a year. This leaves me wondering why we have not heard from Murphy, Menendez, Booker or other New Jersey Democrats on the Joe Guidice case. Guidice has been in the U.S. for 45-years and has a wife and children in New Jersey. Murphy has allotted $2.1 million for the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation in New Jersey. Why are New Jersey Democrats not stepping in to help Guidice?
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).
A couple of weeks ago a study showed that New Jersey is the #1 state in the country that people leave. New Jersey just came in first again and again in a category that is not good for New Jerseyans. Yesterday NJ 101.5 radio reported on an ATTOM Data Solutions study showing New Jersey’s rate of foreclosure was the highest among all 50 states and D.C. in 2018.
In a stunning announcement New York Governor Andrew Cuomo granted pardons to 22 criminal immigrants facing deportation and commuted the sentences of 7 more currently in prison on Monday. This after Cuomo pardoned 8 criminal immigrants who faced deportation this past summer. Those who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted had been convicted of crimes ranging from murder, possession of a weapon, sale of a controlled substance, robbery, possession of stolen property, larceny, assault, arson and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
We had anticipated a slow week here at the Informed Conservative Blog due to the Christmas holiday and Governor Murphy and his family traveling to Tanzania. This week the Democratic lead federal government shut down continued, Murphy’s health insurance individual mandate takes effect in two days, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo showed us that he too suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome, Murphy’s social media feeds were on a frenzy touting his “accomplishments” during his first year in office and Murphy and AG Grewal continue to put the lives of police officers in danger with their sanctuary rules for New Jersey.
Today Governor Murphy highlighted his accomplishments from his first year in office live on YouTube from the St. James A.M.E Church in Newark. What Murphy considers “accomplishments” most New Jerseyans I talk to consider further degradation of our state. Our Governor appears to take every opportunity he can to get his face on video. I often wonder if he wants to be Governor or a social media celebrity. I found it telling that no members of the legislature joined Murphy for his self promoting year in review speech. Murphy did a good job playing to his Newark audience. I lost count how many times he said “people of color”.
ICE arrested 105 immigrants in 16 New Jersey counties in a 5 day period recently. According to ICE about 80% of them had prior criminal convictions. Several of them are wanted by Interpol for crimes in their home countries. Some of those arrested had reentered the U.S. illegally after being deported and several were members of gangs including MS-13. This ICE operation proves that Murphy and Grewal’s sanctuary rules are protecting criminals and making New Jersey less safe.
According to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies 63% of non U.S. citizens are on welfare programs as compared to 35% of native households . That equates to over 4.6 million immigrant households on welfare programs in the U.S. The number grows to 70% percent for those in the U.S. for 10 years or longer, The data was analyzed from 2014 census numbers. The data includes illegal immigrants, long-term temporary visitors like guest workers and permanent residents who have not naturalized. The study found that about half of immigrants on welfare programs are in the U.S. illegally.
ICE has responded to the new sanctuary rules by New Jersey’s Attorney General with a threat of more immigration raids in New Jersey. ICE says it has no choice but to conduct more arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites in New Jersey. A representative of the ICE office in Newark told NBC News 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 the cooperation of the jails 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.” Attorney General Grewal has not responded.