Washington DC, During the fiscal year 2019 (FY19), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) effectively combated transnational criminal threats against the United States resulting in a record-breaking number of criminal arrests. HSI is the principal investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security with more than 9,800 employees, including over 6,700 special agents and 700 intelligence analysts, assigned to more than 210 cities throughout the U.S. as well as 78 offices in 52 countries. HSI investigates a multitude of crimes including: financial crimes, bulk cash smuggling, cybercrimes, exploitation of children and child sex tourism, weapons smuggling and export enforcement, trade crimes such as commercial fraud and intellectual property theft, human smuggling and trafficking, narcotics smuggling and trafficking, identity and benefit fraud, human rights violations, transnational gang activity, counterterrorism and visa security.
Trenton NJ, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced that New Jersey as of Tuesday resumed its role as the State Refugee Coordinator of the Refugee Resettlement Program.
The move restores the state’s oversight of this critical program that serves refugees and asylees resettling in New Jersey and provides assistance such as medical support, employment services and other social services to refugee families.
The announcement comes on the heels of Trump Administration plans to cut refugee admissions for the new federal fiscal year to 18,000 – an all-time low and down from the 111,000 ceiling just two years ago – and after it issued an executive order that would prohibit localities from resettling refugees without written consent from their state government.
Trenton NJ, Earlier this year, Governor Phil Murphy’s administration ordered local law enforcement officials to stop cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when detaining criminals who are also illegal immigrants.
Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested more than 50 illegal immigrants and issued wanted posters for several more who were intentionally released from prisons under the Governor’s Administration’s directive. Among those released were two men charged with domestic violence and a man arrested for alleged sexual assault on a minor child.
Paterson NJ, A Passaic County, New Jersey, man has been charged by indictment with kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and transporting her to Ohio, as well as with being in the United States illegally after previously being deported, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Juan Carlos Morales-Pedraza, 33, of Paterson, New Jersey, was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of kidnapping, one count of transportation of a minor, and one count of re-entry of removed aliens. He was arraigned today before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court and pleaded not guilty.
initially called for the arrest of Attorney General Grewal for harboring these criminal illegals
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Woodbridge NJ, As the Democratic machine attempts to maintain control of Middlesex County with dangerous sanctuary policies, Sheriff candidate Anthony Gallo continues to take the lead on no-sanctuary policies, as this has been a part of his initial platform. “This sanctuary state is what initiated me to get into the race for Sheriff in the first place. As the election moved forward, I initially called for the arrest of Attorney General Grewal for harboring these criminal illegals. Now, I see that Sheriffs in Monmouth, Cape May and Sussex are also resisting AG Grewal’s Immigrant directive. I have attended dozens of events throughout Middlesex County over the past 8 months and have spoken to thousands of people on the sanctuary state, it is my opinion that at least 80-90% do not want these criminals running around in their communities with their children. As soon as I mention my stance on this subject I immediately get “You got my vote”, even from many Democrats.
Ridgewood NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio condemned Governor Murphy’s sanctuary state policies that resulted in the release from county jail of an illegal immigrant who was arrested for sexual assault of a minor, despite a detainer request by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A directive from the Attorney General has prohibited local law enforcement agencies from working with federal immigration authorities.
Hackensack NJ, The Bergen County Republican candidates are applauding the Ocean County Freeholders for filing a federal lawsuit against the state Attorney General’s office. The lawsuit was filed in response to a statewide edict that severely limits cooperation between state law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities (ICE).
“Ocean County Freeholders are standing up to Gov. Murphy and the Attorney General to support law enforcement and protect the public. Sadly, we can only wish the Democrat Bergen County freeholders had such courage,” said BCRO Chairman Jack Zisa.
Glenn Rock NJ, Communities in this region, including Glen Rock are being targeted by thieves seeking out unlocked vehicles, garages and sheds. Some drivers will often leave the key fob in their vehicle when they park, leaving the vehicles vulnerable as thieves need only press a start button for ignition. These are the specific individuals who are being targeted. In the past 3 months 4 vehicles have been stolen from driveways in Glen Rock overnight. In all cases the owners left the key-fobs and other valuables in their vehicles. In addition, many have reported property stolen from their unlocked garages, sheds and vehicles. Most often this occurs on quiet side streets where the thieves were able to sneak onto the property in the dark, hiding in the shadows, checking for unlocked doors when no one is in sight.
Mahwah NJ, Frank T. Pallotta, candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, released the following statement in response to the report that Governor Phil Murphy’s tuition assistance program awarded $3.8 million in college aid to immigrants that were brought here illegally:
“At a time when our own citizens — including our veterans — are sick, struggling with crippling student loans, and sleeping in the streets, why are we looking to provide free healthcare, tuition, and housing to unauthorized immigrants? Josh Gottheimer fails to call out and stand up to members of his own party even as they push policies that will lead our country into fiscal ruin and harm our citizens.”
Sparta NJ, College students without legal status are receiving nearly $4 million in student aid to attend two-year and four-year schools, according to 2019 data released by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.
Assemblyman Hal Wirths said that is
outrageous, and taxpayers should be wholly benefitting from the fruits of their
Trenton NJ, Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) today followed up on their invitation to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to come before a public meeting of Sussex County taxpayers to explain the process behind the Murphy administration’s Sanctuary State directive. The directive, which is highly controversial, formed a major part of then-gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy’s political campaign in 2017. The political rhetoric from that campaign became a law enforcement directive after Murphy assumed office the following year.
“We want to know if this directive is about law enforcement or about politics,” Space said. “We want to know what the thinking was behind it and who was involved.”
Hackensack NJ, In accordance with an unfortunate edict enacted by Gov. Murphy’s administration, police in Atlantic County released an illegal alien this month who ran over and killed a 7-year-old boy and severely injured his 71-year-old grandmother.
The man accused of the killing — Jorge Rodriguez-Saldana, 30, was charged with third-degree causing a fatal crash and was issued a motor vehicle summons for being an unlicensed driver after the July 10 crash on White Horse Pike.
Rather than detain the man for federal ICE review authorities, the police following Gov. Murphy’s directive released him. According to Murphy’s edict local law enforcement is prohibited from cooperating with federal immigration officials.
Trenton NJ, This week, Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his Administration’s decision to direct local elected officials to impede federal immigration officials in their sworn duty to enforce federal immigration laws. Murphy’s Attorney General issued a strongly worded warning to two county Sheriffs, just weeks after a similarly stern-worded missive sought to prevent Sussex County voters from expressing their views on the State’s immigration and Sanctuary policies.
Paramus NJ, District 38 Candidates Kazimir & DiPiazza Statement on Governor Murphy & AG Grewal
“Phil Murphy and his Attorney General are committing an egregious overreach of their power. Their empty threats to our wonderful law enforcement community over its cooperation with Federal Law Enforcement authorities should immediately be checked by all of New Jersey’s citizens. The political theater out of Phil Murphy and the rest of the Trenton Democrats must come to an end in this year’s elections. When we go door to door and attend community events throughout our district, we hear an overwhelming outcry against sanctuary cities and for law enforcement. So, we ask Phil Murphy, his Attorney General and all of the Trenton Democrats; why do you blatantly ignore the people you are elected to represent?”
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