Many Hispanics are only buying essential goods and are cutting back on spending because they are worried about harassment by immigration or law enforcement officials, according to a CNBC report, which sites large retailers, advocacy organizations, and research firms. And… Read more
New Jersey has the fifth-largest immigration court caseload in the nation, according to NJ Spotlight, with 31,000 people from every New Jersey county and more than 90 percent of municipalities have cases pending in immigration court, new data shows. In… Read more
President Trump wants to cut the legal immigration in half over a 10-year span, creating a “merit-based system” that caters to green card applicants who speak English and have technical skills. It would eliminate the diversity lottery visa, reduce the… Read more
Just a stone’s throw from Camden, one of America’s most distressed towns, lies Cherry Hill – an affluent suburb of Philadelphia and home to the South Jersey Democratic political machine. For all intents and purposes, it is a one-party town,… Read more
A Metuchen resident, a 16-year New Jersey resident, husband, and father of a citizen 13-year-old, was deported to his native Indonesia yesterday. It the latest tragedy stemming from the Trump administration, which has made it a priority to remove otherwise law-abiding… Read more
“The people’s power will always be stronger than the people in power.” — Carimer Andujar Some good news from the immigrant rights front today as Carimer Andujar, the Rutgers chemical engineering student and immigrants rights activist, who faced possible detention, gave… Read more
Before Trump, “federal agents never slipped into court to make arrests,” but we’re increasingly seeing federal agents making arrests inside courthouses, according to a recent report from WNYC. This concerned NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who asked Homeland… Read more
With considerably more money being spent on Democratic Assembly candidates than Republicans, there is the possibility of adding to the Democratic majority in the State Assembly. However, it won’t be easy. Incumbents have raised almost five times as much as challengers…. Read more
A lot has been said, both here at Blue Jersey and in the traditional media, about the recent Congressional redistricting – and more specifically with an eye on the new Fifth and Ninth Districts. Here in the Fifth, where I (still) live, the District is better in terms of the ability to beat radical right winger Scott Garrett, but the District is still a fairly Republican district. Where things are very interesting in terms of just how serious the New Jersey Democratic Party is, not to mention the national Democratic Party, lies right here in Bergen County.
When Rep. Steve Rothman decided to run against Rep. Bill Pascrell in the Ninth as opposed to running against Garrett, my thought on the bigger picture is that there will be a lot of money spent on a Democratic Primary (assuming there is one) that could have been much better spent knocking down one of the worst Representatives in the truest sense of the word “representative” in that Garrett does not represent the best interest of most of his constituents.
I believe that creating jobs and helping the economy grow should be America’s top priority. Unfortunately, the Republicans in Congress don’t seem to agree. It’s been 205 days since Republicans took control of the House and in that time Speaker Boehner has not posted any legislation to help put America back to work. In fact, the Republicans have devoted themselves to budget cuts that hurt working families and to protecting tax cuts for the wealthy, tax breaks for Big Oil and tax loopholes for companies that send jobs overseas.
I am working with my Democratic colleagues to advance an economic plan we call “Make It In America.” This is a multi-part plan that help rebuild the manufacturing base in America with good jobs and companies that will contribute to long-term economic growth.
To highlight the Make It In America agenda I visited Seimens in Piscataway yesterday to showcase a manufacturing success story. Siemens has brought jobs back from China to a facility that combines manufacturing, Research and Development and marketing. Watch the video below to find out more about my trip to Seimens and the Make It In America agenda.