State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Immigration

Rich Pezzullo: Opposes pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants

As the great-grandson of immigrants from Italy and Ireland who came legally to this country, Rich opposes proposals to give amnesty and eventually citizenship to as many as eleven million illegal aliens. He believes we would be better served if we used a system where immigrants were sponsored, and did not become a drain on taxpayers, and wants to make English our official language. Rich Pezzullo believes that the border should be secured.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Senate campaign website Jan 1, 2018

Ray Lesniak: No in-state tuition for unlawful immigrants

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: No.

Q: Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from New Jersey high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities in New Jersey?

A: Yes.

Lesniak adds, "a yes or no response is virtually meaningless as a response to many of these questions.

Source: Vote Smart 2017-2018 New Jersey Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2017

Kim Guadagno: Against sanctuary state

Guadagno's running mate, Carlos Rendo, blasted Murphy's plan to make New Jersey a sanctuary state, describing it as an unfair policy to police officers working to lock up criminals who are undocumented immigrants. "We're going to release criminals from jail after these gentlemen--these men and women--work day and night to put them in there, and they get convicted and then they get released?" Rendo said. "How is that reasonable? How is that good policy?"
Source: The Observer on 2017 New Jersey governor race Aug 23, 2017

Seth Kaper-Dale: Fought deportation splitting families

Seth has fought to keep families together who are facing the deportation of a parent. This has resulted in crafting legislation and finding sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as state resolutions of support. This work culminated in 11 months of extending Sanctuary to 9 fathers, with the end result being Enforcement and Removal Operations eventually backing off and extending Stays of Removal to these fathers.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Governor website Aug 8, 2017

Joe Rullo: Eliminate sanctuary cities across NJ

Illegal immigration destroyed the Landscaping industry for legal businesses following the laws, and is just as devastating to NJ jobs. It's difficult to compete with a business not paying payroll taxes, employee comp, and not following the same rules. All the jobs lost are directly proportional to NJ unemployment. Just ask business owners following the rules. Ask the employees unemployed or underemployed. Imagine the losses to employee comp insurance revenue and state income taxes. The impact on rates for businesses following the law!

Our police are overburdened with hands virtually tied because NJ is a sanctuary state. Out of state license plates and DMV fraud are the law of the land. As Governor I will implement E- Verify for all employees working in NJ and work with President Trump to eliminate sanctuary cities across NJ. Everyone must follow the same rules in business and follow the law. Our veterans will of NJ will be first priority in NJ hospitals not illegal immigrants.

Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 17, 2017

Steve Fulop: More outreach to involve immigrants in civic life

Q: Your parents emigrated from Romania, and your grandparents survived the Holocaust. How does their experience affect you?

A: I'm certainly more conscious of immigrant experience. I've seen firsthand the challenges my parents, and family, have experienced with regards to culture and civic involvement. My family was involved politically in that they were active voters, but not otherwise. That's consistent with a lot of immigrant communities. To involve immigrant and first-generation communities in civic life, we have to do a lot more outreach. From my own family's standpoint, I can recognize how self-conscious my parents can be of the fact that they're immigrants, have an accent, come from a different place. They're very aware of it even when others don't seem to care. I think that's the experience of a lot of immigrants as well.

Source: The Forward on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race Sep 5, 2016

Jeff Bell: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Bell: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Murray Sabrin: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Sabrin: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Christie Todd Whitman: NJ should be compensated for costs associated with illegals

NJ alleges that "as a direct result of the federal government's failure to control its borders, NJ is improperly forced to bear the financial and administrative costs of imprisonment of illegal aliens who are convicted of crimes, [as well as the] costs of education of illegal aliens." These costs for 1994 are approximately $50.5 million for incarceration and $162 million for education. NJ seeks a declaratory judgment that it has a right to reimbursement from the federal government.
Source: State of New Jersey & Gov. Whitman in 91 F.3d 463 Jul 29, 1996

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Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
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Gov.George Pataki(NY)
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Donald Trump(NY)
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Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
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