Get ready, President Trump. New Jersey's coming after you with a DACA-inspired lawsuit.
On Wednesday, during a press conference to welcome the state's first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient to the New Jersey Bar, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the Garden State will be filing a motion to join New York and 15 other states in a lawsuit aimed at President Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The lawsuit, New York v. Trump, is an attempt to combat any federal changes that could negatively impact "Dreamers" around the country, Murphy's office said.
"New Jersey will stand with our 22,000 Dreamers and not allow for the hypocrisy of the Trump administration's policies to strip away the rights of our residents," Murphy said. "Our participation in this lawsuit lets our Dreamers know that a road forward for them will always exist in New Jersey… President Trump and the administration need a clear message that we will continue to stand with our immigrant families."
By signing on to the lawsuit, New Jersey joins New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman initiated the lawsuit in September. (Read the full civil complaint here)
"This ceremony comes at a time of increasing uncertainty and chaos for our Dreamers," Murphy said. "But Dreamers… are just as American as anyone in this state and they should not feel like the federal government is working against them."
Murphy said that DACA recipients have "infinite potential" and it would be an enormous injustice to push them out of the only country they have ever known.
"If the Trump administration fails to take the necessary action to protect our Dreamers, it would prevent some of the best and brightest this country has to offer from living their dreams and contributing to our society," Murphy said.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who recently became the first Sikh-American AG in the history of the United States, said that his office will be joining other like-minded states on litigation to combat what they believe are "unlawful violations" of the rights of immigrants.
"We need to make sure that the protections afforded to DACA recipients are preserved," Grewal emphasized.
Murphy's office said in a news release that the lack of a federal decision on DACA program was one of the primary causes of the shutdown that halted federal government operations over the weekend.
Funny Phil Murphy didn't campaign on this issue. As a New Jersey voter myself, I wonder did it just slip his mind that he would be siding with non-citizen INVADERS? Or did he just conceal his true intentions until after the election. Well, he _is_ a Democrat and they are demonstrably dishonest politically.
In any case, let's be factually clear: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is ***NOT*** law. It was a ***POLICY*** crafted out of thin air by the Obama regime as to how the Executive Branch would interpret and apply immigration law to certain people.
Well . . . as easily as one President can craft something out of thin air, a subsequent President can do-away with it.
The State of NJ has no say in the matter. Neither do any of the other states involved in this bogus lawsuit. In fact, neither do the federal courts. The issue is an internal Executive Branch decision which courts have no say over. But more to the point: It is not the Trump Administration "doing this" to these grown children who came here illegally with their illegal alien parents . . . THE PARENTS DID THIS TO THE KIDS.
When the very FIRST action someone takes in coming to America is to break our laws, they should NEVER have a path to citizenship - ever.
These DACA kids (and their parents) are taking jobs away from actual American citizens. Their presence in NJ is causing rents to go up because the housing they occupy is then off the market to real Americans.
They use our limited water supplies; they contribute to trash volume, they bring their health issues to OUR hospitals and then expect US to pay their bill via Medicaid. No thanks.
I say DEPORT THEM ALL. Let the parents explain to their kids why they did this to them.
Let the kids make their ACTUAL birth country better from their American experience. Maybe if the countries these people came from improved, they wouldn't feel the need to invade OUR country.
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