Tag Archive: immigration

You wanna go out and get coffee today?

So, I’m headed out to coffee in Lambertville today – because the coffee-focused website Sprudge is awesome. They saw the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) out front defending refugee and immigrant families, and they – who are non-partisan, not political and really just obsessed…
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Driving Chris Crazy

New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) is an organization that says it “aims to create a New Jersey with a robust economy, where opportunity and prosperity are widely shared.” One of the ways the organization proposes to share the opportunity and…
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Christie faces a rocky return to NJ

Our editor Rosi Efthim said about Gov. Christie, “Despite his protestations to the contrary, he has no moral and ethical core. It makes shifts in positioning look facile.” Nonetheless, soon he will return to NJ, at least for while. A Monmouth poll found his job rating stands at 36% approve to 58% disapprove. Even Republican office holders are distancing themselves from Christie including Assemblyman Sam Fiocci (R-1), and Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro who said, “Don’t start blaming us for his issues.” So Christie will come back to face a host of unresolved matters and ill-will from many quarters with baggage that contradicts what he previously said, exposes his lack of an ethical core, makes it hard for him to explain his flip-flops, and difficult to govern.

Below is a sampling on such subjects as Planned Parenthood, marijuana, immigration, common core, teacher pensions, guns, taxes & budget:

  • Planned Parenthood – Each time he vetoed their funding he said the reason was that “costs were duplicative and the State could not afford it.” A few months ago he said “I’m pro-life, – the first governor to ever speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the Statehouse,” and boasted that he “vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times” to much applause. In South Carolina he vowed to defund Planned Parenthood nationally if elected.

  • Common Core – Flip-flopping his way, he once was a vocal proponent of the standards but on the campaign trail has said Common Core is simply not working.” He is now hiding behind an appointed study commission.

  • Teachers’ pension – While in 2009 he claimed he would protect their pension, he has failed to contribute the agreed upon amounts. In New Hampshire he asserted the nation’s teachers unions need a “punch in the face.”

  • Guns – Moving to the right from his 2009 position, he recently affirmed his opposition of new gun control laws in an interview on CNBC. A bipartisan bill (A4218), languishing on his desk, would give NJ courts and police greater authority to enforce current state gun laws, but so far Christie has refused to say whether he will sign or veto it. In Iowa he ripped into a gun rights activist.

  • Gov. Christie: Another great proposal

    If elected (a big “if”), Christie said yesterday, “he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way Fed Ex tracks packages. So his plan is to reduce immigrants to the status of a package. Demeaning maybe?

    Christie added that “he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system.” Embed a GPS chip or use an ankle bracelet? Both can be easily discarded. How to track down 12 million non-citizen immigrants? How much would be the cost? Who else might be able to access the location of an immigrant? All U. S. government agencies? Stalkers? Scammers?

    A natural next step would be to expand the program to perceived enemies of the government – one which would gain National Security Agency’s (NSA) immediate and enthusiastic support. Rally protesters could quickly have a bracelet installed. All Muslims could be ordered to report to a local department of health to have a chip inserted. Union officials would be required to have both a chip and a bracelet. People who own guns, of course, would mostly be excluded.  

    Although there are some problems with your proposal, the fact that it is coming from you must make it a great idea. Once you have relinquished your quest for the presidency, you will undoubtedly be welcomed back by New Jerseyans impressed with this forward-looking initiative and eager to implement it here.

    “Moderate” Lance Votes to Deport Dreamers

    Promoted by Rosi, who also lives in NJ-7.

    Well, if Democrats in the 7th district were looking for a way to beat Leonard Lance before the next redistricting, they may have gotten a boost this week when Lance voted with the Republican majority to reverse President Barack Obama’s decision not to deport adults brought here without documentation as children.

    These so-called “Dreamers” include college graduates, professionals, skilled laborers, husbands, wives, parents and other full participants in American society who for no fault of their own do not have permission to work in the United States.  Many of them do not speak the language of the country they came from, and many do not even remember living anywhere else.  

    Another “hold your nose” vote to avert a government shutdown

    Update Sun. 8:30 am: The Omnibus 2015 federal spending bill passed the Senate Saturday night 56 to 40 averting a government shutdown. Both Senators Menendez and Booker joined progressives and others and voted against the bill. Sen. Booker said the bill would roll back regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act, compromise truck safety, and interfere with the rights of Washington, D.C. residents to change their marijuana laws. Sen. Menendez said, “The rollback of critical Wall Street reform provisions puts taxpayers on the hook to bail Wall Street out again. Moreover, this last-minute add-on – a poison pill written by large financial institutions – sets the table for more attacks on the protections I fought to put in place following the financial collapse.”

    Not so long ago the NJ legislature used to have an annual Christmas tree bill which was sprung upon the membership and laden with all sorts of holiday goodies inserted by individual legislators. This week in the House of Representatives with little more than two days to review the bill, leadership sprung their $1.1 trillion Christmas tree bill to fund the government next year and avert a federal shutdown.

    The bill narrowly passed 219 votes to 206. Many Republicans did not like the bill for the generic reason that it calls for “too much government spending,” and because the act does not explicitly block President Barack Obama from implementing his Executive Order on immigration. Republicans voted 162 in favor and 67 against.  Many Democrats did not like the bill because it weakens Dodd-Frank consumer legislation and because it increases substantially the amount donors can contribute to political parties. Democrats voted 57 in favor and 139 against.

    The House Speaker Republican John Boehner never had enough Republican votes to pass the bill, so he relied on support from Democrats. The White House vigorously lobbied Democrats for passage as did Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out and voted against it. Five of our NJ Democrats refused to “hold their nose” and vote for it and instead voted against it.  

    Obama Executive Order Immigration Roundup

    Rally Today: Labor, Community, Electeds Support Obama’s Administrative Action

    When: 12:30pm

    Where: In front of Grace Church, 950 Broad Street, Newark (next to the Federal Building)

    Who: 32BJ of SEIU, with local officials including Eddie Osborne (Newark Council), Zaida Polanco (Passaic Council), Rolando Lavarro Jr. (Jersey City Council President), local faith leaders, Analilia Mejia (NJ Working Families Alliance)

    Wind of the Spirit (Immigrant Resource Center)

    32BJ, representing 10,000 workers in New Jersey, is one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country.

  • President Obama speech: Full text & video.

  • Menendez and Booker respond to Obama’s speech – here and here.

    On the jump page: NJPP on how many New Jerseyans will be affected, a roundup of what we’re reading, and two more actions.