Phil Murphy Sowing the Seeds of Sanctuary Statehood in the Garden State



Newly inaugurated New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy plans to follow in the footsteps of California’s Jerry Brown and Washington State’s Jay Inslee by leading the state toward sanctuary status.

Murphy recently told The Washington Post of his goal to create an Office of Immigrant Defensive Protection, a state agency charged protecting the rights of all immigrants – legal and illegal.

“It would be a place where everybody could call with questions about their status,” Murphy said. “Our guess is it’s going to be legal-services-oriented. One remarkable thing, and you probably have seen this, the rumors that swirl around communities are extraordinary, and it’s literally hard to get, particularly if you’re undocumented, the right answer to your question. That’s when people go back into the shadows.”

The idea of committing taxpayer funds to the legal defense of a group of individuals who have broken U.S. immigration laws might seem counterintuitive, but Murphy would not be the first to adopt a foolish policy.

In 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent $10 million to create “the nation’s first legal defense fund to ensure all immigrants, regardless of residency status, have access to representation.” Cuomo’s justification is that legal resources are needed “for immigrants threatened by recent changes in immigration policies.”

As a candidate, the former Goldman Sachs financier promised  illegal immigrants he would provide them with state IDs, driver’s licenses and legal help to evade immigration enforcement officials.

And, he said, illegal immigrants would have access to college financial aid – “not just in-state tuition.”

While he says he prefers “welcoming” to “sanctuary” as terms to characterize his policies, there is no confusion about where he stands on immigration and public safety.

To ensure his sanctuary policies would be defended if challenged in the courts, Murphy appointed Gurbir Grewal to serve as attorney general. Grewal would be “unafraid to join our fellow states in using the law” to “protect our immigrant communities and DREAMers from discrimination,” said Murphy shortly after his election.

The priority of Murphy and Grewal should be to protect residents from the criminal aliens, gangs and human traffickers, including the more than 100 foreign nationals were apprehended during a five-day operation that took place in several New Jersey counties in December.

Of those arrested during the operation, 88 percent were convicted criminals and 80 percent of them had prior felony convictions.

Perhaps Murphy forgot that his foremost priority is to protect and defend the rights of all New Jersey residents, not just the ones living in the Garden State illegally.

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3 Comments

  1. avatar

    COPIED!! VERY INTERESTING!! A MUST READ.
    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”. Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California ..

    Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

    Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

    Ready?

    Now pay attention….

    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for

    state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.

    Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.0 0 per year. Jose Illegal pays no

    taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or

    $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at

    a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per

    month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC and welfare. Jose Illegal still has

    $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has 9,631 .00.

    Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month,

    or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist

    insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.

    Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc..

    Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country

    every month..

    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

    Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same elementary school.

    Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches, while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.

    Now, when they reach college age, Joe Legal’s kids may not get into a State School and may not qualify for
    scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though Joe has been paying for State Schools through his taxes,

    while Jose Illegal’s kids “go to the head of the class” because they are a minority.

    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

    Do you get it, now?

    If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens… You are part of the problem

    It’s way PAST time to take a stand for America and America!

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