Following through on their constitutional obligations to uphold the law, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove announced that they will oppose legislation that would provide state taxpayer dollars to sanctuary cities that lose federal funding in connection with White House executive orders.
Legislation (S-3007), which has been introduced and was scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate, would require the Department of Community Affairs Commissioner to establish a program to provide grant funding to a county or municipality that has had its federal grant funding denied or reduced based upon its status as a sanctuary jurisdiction.
We stand opposed to bill that would providing State funding to sanctuary cities in event of federal action https://t.co/WgXQdNyahz
— Connors, Rumpf, Gove (@9thDistrictNJ) March 8, 2017
The 9th District delegation issued the following statement upon being contacted by a significant number of constituents opposed to the legislation:
“For us, stopping illegal immigration has always been about the rule of law and protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. It’s disheartening to learn that, just as the federal government is taking action to address illegal immigration, representatives of sanctuary cities are taking advantage of the opportunity to get additional state aid on top of what they already receive.
“The hiring of illegal immigrants denies American workers employment opportunities and displaces legitimate businesses all while allowing for undocumented workers to be exploited as cheap labor. The government can’t continue to turn a blind eye to this any longer.
“A significant segment of our constituency considers immigration reform a top priority for our nation, increasingly so since the economic downturn nearly a decade ago. More concerning is New Jersey’s dismal record as state policies are more inviting to illegal immigrants than serving as a deterrent. By this we mean the enactment of a law to provide in-state tuition to these persons living in our country illegally and the introduction of legislation to provide driver’s licenses to these same individuals.
“Accordingly, our delegation opposes and pledges to vote against any legislation that supports financially and protects the status of sanctuary cities.”
On February 23, the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee held a hearing to discuss the Trump Administration’s executive orders on immigration and immigration enforcement. Assemblyman Rumpf, who serves on the committee, challenged testimony that recommended New Jersey refrain from enforcing minor drug offenses because it would cause alarm among the illegal immigrant community. The Assemblyman responded by emphasizing that all laws are to be enforced and enforced equally.