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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano 10th District
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May 19, 2020
Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Blast Bill to Provide Coronavirus Aid for Undocumented Immigrants

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10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are blasting legislation which would provide up to $1,000 in aid to certain undocumented immigrants.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano blasted legislation to provide $35 million to undocumented immigrants, saying the money would be better used to help school districts that have been decimated by budget cuts. (Pixabay)

S-2480/A-4171, sponsored by Senator Ruiz and Assemblywoman Quijano, would establish a one-time payment program from the Department of Treasury totaling $35 million.  The lawmakers believe that the state cannot afford to pay undocumented immigrants money at a time when our state is facing severe fiscal challenges.

“For far too long New Jersey has catered to undocumented immigrants, and this potential legislation is no different. Our state is the epicenter of a pandemic which has taken a massive toll on our economy. The unemployment system is overwhelmed, and millions of residents are out of work. Small businesses are suffering and we simply don’t have the money to invest in the thousands of undocumented immigrants who reside in our state.

“Now, Governor Murphy is saying there may be more cuts to school funding because of the pandemic. Instead, take this $35 million and give it to the schools that have been decimated by the cuts and the residents of Toms River and Brick who have lost millions in funding already.

“First, we become a Sanctuary State, then we want to give drivers licenses and financial aid to undocumented immigrants. Now we want to give them all $1,000 each.  We say enough is enough.”

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