Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) today praised the members of the Sussex County Freeholder Board who voted last night for a resolution allowing the public to oppose the Murphy Administration’s “Sanctuary State” directive.
“I am proud of the supporters of this resolution for taking a strong stand against ‘Sanctuary State’ policies,” said Oroho. “Sussex County is the first to stand up and be counted in support of the enforcement of immigration laws.
“Parker, Hal, and I are leading the fight in the legislature for such things as E-verify and human trafficking prevention and fighting to stop drivers’ licenses for illegals,” said Oroho. “All levels of government need to join the fight and keep our border secure and our communities safe.”
The resolution will place a question on the ballot asking the voters whether or not they want to mandate that the Sheriff and his office obey federal immigration laws and ignore any state directives from unelected bureaucrats undermining federal immigration laws.
The “Sanctuary State” directive limits law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authorities and prohibits law enforcement officers from questioning anyone about their immigration status and aiding federal agencies in civil immigration matters. The directive also warns prosecutors to be mindful when bringing forward charges that may affect immigration status – even if the crimes are violent in nature.
“Steve, Hal, and I have long recognized that there needs to be a multi-prong approached to combatting illegal immigration – such as protecting American workers by enacting E-verify and punishing employers who continue to hire illegals and opposing policies that incentivize lawlessness,” said Space. “’Sanctuary State’ efforts do the direct opposite and will take tools away from law enforcement to combat gangs, drug cartels, and violent criminals.”
The lawmakers said that the directive discourages prosecutors from bringing charges on immigrants living in the country illegally as federal immigration officials have routinely made arrests in some county courthouses.
“This special treatment provides immunity instead of justice,” said Wirths. “And it will directly hurt our efforts to curtail human trafficking and illegal importation of narcotics, opioids and illegal firearms.”
Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased 30 percent between fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Deportations increased at a similar rate between Jan. 20, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2017. That's up 31 percent over the same time period a year earlier.
“Now Sussex County is taking a strong stand, and Steve, Parker, and I applaud the backers of the resolution for having the courage to do so,” Wirths added.
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