TRENTON, N.J. — Even as calls for investigations into the administration continued on Monday, Governor Phil Murphy continued to prioritize a far-left ‘progressive’ agenda over the basic functions of government.
On Monday the New Jersey Department of the Treasury formally announced a $2.1 million supplemental funding allocation to assist illegal immigrants’ in obtaining legal representation. Murphy initially announced the allocation back during the FY2019 budget process.
“Families who came to New Jersey for a better life do not deserve to be torn apart by the federal government’s cruel and discriminatory policies,” said Governor Murphy. “Deportation is one of the harshest consequences an individual can face under U.S. law, yet most immigrants do not have the right to appointed counsel and many cannot afford an attorney. This funding will help provide critical legal representation to low-income residents who are detained and facing deportation in New Jersey and have no one to defend their rights.”
We now have details on how the tax dollars will be spent. Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) will receive $925,000 to provide direct representation services to eligible ‘resident’ immigrants. $925,000 more will be ‘sub-granted’ to the American Friends Service Committee in addition to $125,000 each for Rutgers University’s and Seton Hall University’s respective law school clinics.
In a separate but related move, the state attorney general’s office is expected to issue new guidelines any day now which will help formally make New Jersey a ‘sanctuary state,’ a key Murphy campaign promise.
Today’s announcement comes in the immediate aftermath of last Thursday’s epic failure by the Murphy Administration to prepare for a relatively minor storm which nevertheless left thousands stranded for hours on New Jersey roads. Murphy held a press conference afterwards and refused to take responsibility for any of it…
This clip is going to haunt @GovMurphy for a long, long time…
— Matt Rooney (@MattRooneyNJ) November 16, 2018
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