New Jersey Awarded $3.8 Million in Financial Aid to Illegal Aliens

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By TOM CICCOTTA

A local news report revealed that the state of New Jersey awarded $3.8 million in financial aid to illegal immigrants during the 2018-2019 school year.

According to a report from NJ.com, the state of New Jersey gave $3.8 million in financial aid to 749 illegal immigrant students in the last academic year. More than a quarter of the funding went to 328 illegal immigrants that attend Rutgers University.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law last year that allowed illegal immigrants to apply for financial aid. Prior to the signing, illegal immigrants were permitted to apply to pay in-state tuition at public universities but they were not eligible for financial aid.

Murphy, who supports the spending, hit back at Republican critics by arguing that giving financial aid to illegal immigrants is compatible with American values.

“I’d even invite any of those folks who have that attitude, beginning with our president, to come on into this room and allow me or any of us to say, ‘This is the United States of America,’” Murphy said at the time.

David J. Socolow, executive director of the state’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, defended the state’s decision to offer financial aid to illegal immigrants.

“This financial assistance offers these New Jersey students a life-changing opportunity,” Socolow said in a brief comment.“The successes of these first 513 students, who are now attending county colleges, state colleges and universities, and independent institutions around the state, will have a positive impact on countless additional lives.”

According to the report, there is currently no limit on the amount of illegal immigrant students that are permitted to receive financial aid from the state of New Jersey. State lawmakers forecast that they will spend approximately $5 million on financial aid for illegal immigrants each year.

 

 

Cops Push Back In BIG Way After Left Wing AG Threatens Them If They Cooperate With ICE

New Jersey Cops Push Back BIG Time Against Left-Wing AG Who Threatened Them If They Assist ICE Agents

By Jon Dougherty

Police officers and sheriffs are pushing back hard against the attorney general of New Jersey after the threatened to take legal action against anyone found to be assisting federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in apprehending illegal aliens in the state.

As reported by Law Enforcement Today, AG Gurbir Grewal singled out two sheriff’s offices this week for “failing to inform the state’s attorney general that they are helping federal immigration authorities capture and deport undocumented migrants.”

The site noted:

In the aggressive letters that Grewal’s office sent to the elected sheriffs in Monmouth and Cape May this week, officials claim the county sheriffs went directly against a directive that Grewal had issued which would aim to limit cooperation between New Jersey cops and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It’s called Law Enforcement Directive 2018-6, more often referred to as the “Immigrant Trust Directive”, and it bars local law enforcement agencies from voluntarily working with federal immigration officials.

Grewal’s office now says that working with federal officials in this capacity would “essentially deputize our state’s police officers to act like ICE agents.” Grewal says that the measure was supposed to build trust between the immigrant communities and law enforcement for reporting and helping with criminal investigations. He says cooperation with ICE can only continue if he decides it serves “a valid law enforcement purpose.”

Greater Lakewood news added that the AG accused the sheriff’s departments of working too closely with ICE. Last year, Sussex Sheriff Mike Strada “accused the AG of making New Jersey a sanctuary state,” the paper reported.

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— GreaterLakewood.com (@GreaterLakewood) July 9, 2019

The local news site also published images of the letters Grewel’s office sent to the departments.

Law Enforcement Today noted further that police agencies have sent letters to U.S. Attorney General William Barr protesting Grewel’s policy. Also, New Jersey citizens have petitioned to have the policy put to a statewide vote, but so far to no avail.

For his part, Grewel claims to have absolute authority over the actions of local police jurisdictions in the state by issuing his directive.

“Officials and residents may not instruct their law enforcement officers to ignore a law enforcement directive,” Grewal said following complaints about the measure.

More:

Grewal’s directive went into effect in March of 2019. NJ.com reported that at the time, sheriff’s offices in three New Jersey counties — Cape May, Monmouth and Salem — still had existing agreements with ICE under a program dubbed “287g,” which allows state and local law enforcement to “act as a force multiplier” for ICE. Several counties had earlier done away with the agreements, which in New Jersey mainly applied to officers in county jails.

21 states take part in the 287g program. Officials say it “allows ICE to actively engage criminal alien offenders while incarcerated in a secure and controlled environment.”

Just last week, Grewel bragged on Twitter about New Jersey working with “federal” and other partners to curb criminal activity.

That sounds rather hypocritical.

Law Enforcement Today added:

Hold on. 

Let’s get this straight. Law enforcement officers in New Jersey are doing their jobs by working with federal ICE agents to arrest and deport people who are actively breaking the law, and the attorney general, who is supposed to work alongside the criminal justice system to uphold the Constitution…is threatening them?

When did we decide which laws are important and which aren’t? How is living in the country illegally justified because a leader in your state suddenly decided to go against federal law enforcement agencies and declare the community one of sanctuary?

This is becoming far too popular of a trend.

This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.

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