Amid intensifying concerns regarding the influx of illegal aliens violating our nation’s sovereign borders, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have formally requested the posting of several measures the delegation has sponsored to curtail illegal immigration into New Jersey.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove have called for action on bills they sponsor to curtail illegal immigration into New Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons/Makaristos)
Connors, Rumpf and Gove have sponsored the immigration reform measures for several consecutive legislative sessions.
In letters written to the chairpersons of the respective committees to which the 9th District delegation’s legislation have been referenced, Connors, Rumpf and Gove requested the following immigration reform policy initiatives be posted for a public hearing:
- S-191/A-747 (Connors/Rumpf & Gove): Excludes certain illegal aliens from workers’ compensation and temporary disability benefits.
- S-192/A-756 (Connors/Rumpf & Gove): Bars companies which hire illegal aliens from public contracts, grants, loans, or tax incentives for seven years.
- S-200/A-768 (Connors/Rumpf & Gove): Requires certification that persons directly or indirectly receiving State monies or privileges are not unauthorized aliens.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove explained the urgency in requesting the committee posting of their immigration reform legislation:
“Consistently, New Jersey ranks among the states with the most illegal aliens living within its borders, estimated to be as a many of 525,000 persons. In the absence of a federal immigration reform policy initiative, states are compelled to act on their own initiative to curtail the influx of illegal aliens.
“Porous national borders and an anemic national immigration policy continue to be of significant concern for many of our constituents. Since its founding, America has been a nation of laws. However, this founding principle of the rule of law has diminished with respect to fully committing to securing the sovereignty of our nation’s borders.
“Taxpayers stand to lose the most by the absence of immigration reform, which allows illegal aliens access to public benefits and resources to which they are not entitled. Resources for health care, education and law enforcement are already stretched to the limit impacting both the quality and costs for such services.
“Accordingly, we have introduced legislation that would bar businesses found to have knowingly hired illegal aliens, from receiving state contracts or tax incentives. The hiring of illegal aliens allows these individuals to be exploited as cheap labor while, at the same time, displaces legitimate businesses thereby denying legal residents employment opportunities. Taxpayers also get cheated when unscrupulous businesspersons pocket the taxes on wages that would otherwise be paid under legal circumstances.”