Think that NJ putting immigrants before residents isn’t costing you money? Think again.

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.

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ICE likely to increase immigration raids in New Jersey

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.

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Goodbye Garden State. Welcome to New Jersey. The Sanctuary State

We knew it was coming.  Murphy campaigned on making New Jersey a sanctuary state.  Just a couple of weeks ago Attorney General Grewal said he would hand down new sanctuary rules and directives on how New Jersey’s law enforcement agencies should interact with ICE.  At the time I asked why New Jersey’s Governor and Attorney General do not feel they have to enforce the law.  I also pointed out at the time that Murphy and Grewal’s refusal to cooperate with federal law enforcement to enforce immigration laws is costing the state $16 billion in federal funding.  Today is the day New Jersey became a sanctuary state.  Knowing it was coming doesn’t make my anger any less.

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Why do New Jersey’s Governor and Attorney General feel they don’t have to enforce the law?

Why is it that New Jersey’s Governor and top state law enforcement officer do not feel the need to comply with federal law?  We’ve had to stand by and watch Murphy and Grewal put a halt on marijuana prosecutions despite marijuana continuing both federally illegal and illegal in the State of New Jersey.  Now Murphy and Grewal appear to be following through on Murphy’s campaign promise to make New Jersey a sanctuary state while defying federal immigration laws and blocking federal law enforcement offers from doing their jobs.

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