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The Governor and the Marine

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Andrew Tahmooressi

Andrew Tahmooressi

Governor Chris Christie is going to Mexico in September, Save Jerseyans. Some say it’s part of his bid to run for president in 2016. We’ll see.

Immigration remains the topic de jour; the Governor’s people say he’s going to discuss trade relations. That being said, I hope he keeps in mind there’s a decorated US Marine by the name of Andrew Tahmooressi languishing in a Mexican prison.

While he visits, I would love to see the Governor privately ask the Mexican president to find a way to pardon and release him. In fact, I hope he already has that planned.


Unaccompanied Central American Children Showing Up In Freehold

By Art Gallagher |

welcome chalk drawing childBetween 5 and 10 Central American children, ages 11-16, who have crossed our borders without adults have found their way to Freehold Borough, according to a statement by Rita Dentino, Director of Casa Freehold, an immigrants rights organization that helps newly arrived immigrants integrate into the community.

Dentino said that more children are arriving everyday, according to a report in the Sentinal.

State Senator Jennifer Beck issued a statement today saying she is working with federal and state officials to secure funding to deal with the situation and to evaluate New Jersey’s legal options and obligations.

Continue Reading…

Immigration Madness: Both Sides Stuck On Stupid

By Joe Schilp | Joe’s Blog

illegal immigrationThe lead sentence in a New York Times report on July 25, 2014,states:  “The vast majority of unaccompanied migrant children arriving in the United States from Central America this year have been released to relatives in states with large, established Central American populations.”

If you read just that sentence, the Times makes it seem as though almost all of these kids – who the Times refuses to call illegal, or even “undocumented” – are simply coming to be reunited with their family and that this is exactly what is happening, but this report is extremely deceiving.  For one, the Times is reporting on information released by Team Obama’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which, if you continue to read the times article, admits that the “numbers do not include those children who are sent to long-term shelters.”


When the DREAM Becomes a Nightmare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Border wall brownsvile illegal immigrationGovernor Chris Christie is as effective a speaker on the issues of taxes, entitlement reform and school choice as you’ll ever find, Save Jerseyans. Plain spoken but substantively on-point; the clarity with which he speaks makes apolitical Americans want to get up and follow him and good faith dissenters concede the logic of his argument.

The so-called “YouTube moments” concerning ^^ are what we remember and, at least until Sandy and Bridgegate, they’re what defined his brand. Just as often, however, Chris Christie talks like what he is by training: a lawyer. And I don’t mean that in a disparaging way (I am one!). All the same, it can get him into trouble.

Immigration comes to mind as a prominent example.


#IllegalImmigration protests took place this weekend all over the country

By Alyssa Lafage | News Ninja

America’s southern border is under attack in a way that we have never experienced before. At the direction of President Obama, the federal government has refused to enforce current immigration law and in turn has allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the United States.

Americans are rightly and understandably fed up.

In an effort to take a stand against the mismanagement of our southern border and to bring awareness to the situation, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) and Overpasses for America joined together to organize “National Days Of Protest Against Immigration Reform Amnesty & The illegal immigration surge.”

On July 18-19 more than 321 protests took place nationwide at state capitals, on overpasses, outside the offices of amnesty supporting lawmakers, and at locations where the Obama is attempting to bus and house illegal aliens.

CLICK HERE for a full listing of all the protests that took place.


The Cost of New Jersey’s “Undocumented”

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Border wall brownsvile illegal immigrationThe media is focusing on the human cost of events transpiring at our southern border, Save Jerseyans. There’s another cost which they rarely discussed.

New York has earmarked $4.9 million in giving legal assistance to foreign-born New York residents facing deportation, providing lawyers for low-income immigrants detained by federal authorities.

It’s joined a host of other U.S. cities including New Haven, Connecticut, Asbury Park, New Jersey, San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland and Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C., where a local identification card will serve all the documentation that’s needed to open a bank account, sign a lease, or even get a library card.

Public hospitals are already legally obligated to provide healthcare to anyone who requests it. If an ‘undocumented’ immigrant can’t pay for these services, then the taxpayers who support the hospital indirectly subsidize their care. It doesn’t end there. States are moving towards permitting illegal immigrants to obtain a legal drivers license that’s functionally the same as an American citizen’s drivers license. But is it really a “privilege” if you don’t have to pay for it?


Eric Cantor Beat Eric Cantor

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor

It’s tempting to blame Eric Cantor’s shocking political demise on Tea Party-driven anti-immigration reform angst, Save Jerseyans, but if we were truly witnessing a wave of some sort, then Lindsey Graham (who Rush Limbaugh nicknamed “Gramnasty”) would be headed for a big law firm after Tuesday night’s results, too, but he’s not. And Steve Lonegan would be holding a press conference outside of Aimee Belgard’s campaign headquarters tomorrow morning…. but he’s not. Same goes for David Larsen. And Matt Bevin for that matter.

So what’s the “x” factor?

There isn’t one. I know, I know, complicated answers are hard for TV analysts, radio hosts, demagogues, spin masters and fundraisers to manipulate for their own ends. But the truth is what it is and I don’t see the utility in glossing over it; it also wouldn’t be fair to David Brat who, having won a race where he had only $230,000 to Cantor’s $5.7 million, he must’ve done something right. Right? Still…


License to Steal

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

licenseEach New Jersey household is already paying roughly $800 extra per year for illegal immigration, and that estimate preceded the N.J. DREAM Act.

Now Trenton Democrats want to pad the bill a little more (and swell their base’s ranks) by handing out driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. They’ve introduced A2135 to do just that.


Dancer’s DREAM Act Follow Up

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Illegal Immigration SignIn light of the N.J. Dream Act’s enactment, Save Jerseyans, Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth), who voted against the controversial legislationwants to guarantee that all New Jersey students register with the Military Selective Service.

“Now that Gov. Christie has signed a law allowing undocumented students to attend our public colleges at the in-state tuition rate, it makes sense to remind them, and all applicants, of their legal responsibilities,” said Dancer in a press release. “If you are a male between 18 and 25 and living in the country, you must register with military selective service. That’s the law.”


Webber vs. the Dream Act

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The ceremonial signing may’ve been postponed today, Save Jerseyans, but New Jersey’s Dream Act (S2479) is already the law of the land. Regrettably.

It’s worth revisiting why this law sucks on the eve of a media frenzy over the upcoming bipartisan lovefest. In case you missed it, here’s Asm. Jay Webber’s floor speech during the Assembly portion of the debate:

Part 1:

Part 2:

N.J. DREAM Act Roll Call

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

State House TrentonThis is self-explanatory, Save Jerseyans, but it’s not exactly pretty; you can also click here to read Governor Christie’s conditional veto.

Bottom line… we’ve got a LOT of work to do:

Senate - Yes {28}  No {7}  Not Voting {5} (Concurrence)

Addiego, Dawn Marie – Yes
Allen, Diane B. – Yes
Bateman, Christopher – Yes
Beach, James – Yes
Beck, Jennifer – Not Voting


Post-CV Dream Act Passes Both Chambers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ImmigrationAn update from under the Dome:

The DREAM Act now only needs Chris Christie’s signature to become law, Save Jerseyans.

Initially,  a late decision was made Thursday afternoon to table the measure before a final floor vote to block an attempt by Scott Rumana (R-Passaic) to amend the measure…

Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the measure. The Senate (27-7) and Assembly (50-26-1) subsequently approved Governor Christie’s changes.

One day my DREAM Act — alleviating New Jerseyans’ tax burden — will come to pass. Until then, everything Trenton does just seems to piss off Moody’s, make my life more expensive, and drive more of my friends to North Carolina. Everyone under the Dome needs to wake up from their fantasy; the rest of us are stuck in a nightmare of their creation…


Christie Set to Veto DREAM Act v.1

Compromise Reportedly Developing Contingent Upon Dem Acceptance of Conditional Veto Terms

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

Christie and Stack at Hispanic Day Parade

Updated 12:01 p.m.

As predicted, Save Jerseyans, New Jersey Democrats are forcing Governor Chris Christie’s hand on New Jersey’s latest version of the DREAM Act.

The Tuition Equality Act legislation (A-4225/S-2749) is expected to pass a full Assembly floor vote later today (Thursday), sending the controversial measure directly to the Governor’s desk at a time when the presidential aspirant is touting his ability to win Hispanic votes in “blue” territory, going so far as to host his inaugural ball on Ellis Island.

Sources confirm that it is likely to earn a conditional veto, likely with an accompanying message: “no me gusta” financial aid, too. further reports, however, that the Governor will sign a bill without financial aid provisions if the legislature accepts the conditions attached to his veto, something which they’re apparently willing to do.

Christie has repeatedly said since Election Day that he would not sign off on a bill that included financial aid language in addition to access for in-state tuition rates.


Dems Forcing Christie DREAM Veto

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ImmigrationThe consequences of the New Jersey Republican Party’s disastrous legislative cycle are starting to take their toll, Save Jerseyans.

Trenton Democrats are eagerly pursuing potential scandals and policy conflicts to hurt Chris Christie’s chance of becoming president. Their no-weaker-for-the-wear caucus feels emboldened for having survived the “wave” that never arrived.

Next up? Passing an Assembly version of the DREAM Act that they know the Governor has to veto


Christie Inaugural Set for Ellis Island

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ellis_Island_in_1905Talk about optics overload!

We learned today that the location of Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration celebration will be none other than historic Ellis Island, Save Jerseyans.

“Today, Ellis Island stands as a symbol of the hope, freedom, and promise of opportunity afforded by our state and our nation and continues to be a powerful connection for millions of Americans to their family history,” the Inaugural Committee, headed by Bill Palatucci and Todd Christie, shared in its email announcement. “Estimates suggest that nearly half of all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one ancestor who was one of the more than 12 million individuals who passed through Ellis Island during its operation as a federal immigration station. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument shared by New Jersey and New York.”

Given the Governor’s presidential prospects and his controversial recent forays into immigration politics, the choice of Ellis Island to begin his second term can’t be seen as anything other than highly symbolic and carefully calculated to send a message. Christie captured a little better than half of the Hispanic vote in last month’s gubernatorial election.

Ellis Island has, at various times, served as an oyster bed harvesting hot spot, arsenal and, most famously, and immigration station. A nice little subplot to January’s big event is the often dormant but never settled issue of whether Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York or New Jersey territory. For one night at least, Save Jerseyans, it’s unambiguously within the borders of Christie Country.

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A Better DREAM: Taking On Big Academia

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

UniversityWhile New Jersey debates the so-called DREAM Act, Save Jerseyans, it’s worth considering whether we’re even debating the right thing.

Put another way: should we worry about subsidizing more over-priced degrees for more kids? Or should we start tackling the price gouging itself?

You can tell where I’m going with this post. We’re being robbed! Many of America’s top college and university have built endowments in excess of $1 billion. Rutgers University is actually at the “low” end of the major institution scale with only $684.6 million as of August 31st.

They spend plenty of cash, too; Rutgers University budgeted $3.6 billion for 2013–2014 academic year, or if you need a comparison for perspective’s sake, an amount equivalent to approximately 11% of our entire New Jersey FY2014 state budget. But some of it IS your money after all: $756 million in direct state aid and other fringe benefits.


DREAM Act Enabled By Fed Legal Quirk

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Illegal Immigration SignThe New Jersey DREAM Act would incentivize illegal immigration, Save Jerseyans. It’s also illegal in of itself under federal law. Or is it?

Plenty of readers are asking this question so I’ll try to clear the air a bit or at least demonstrate from where the fog originated.

Take a quick look at 8 USC § 1623:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.”