For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Contact: Johanna Calle, NJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)
Following reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined the Governors of Texas, South Dakota, and Louisiana in submitting an amicus brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing a stay of an injunction in Texas v. United States, the case filed by the State of Texas seeking to halt President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from last year providing relief from deportation to millions of immigrant families in the United States, the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice issues the following statement:
“Today, New Jersey families are ashamed of our Governor. Governor Christie’s support of this misguided lawsuit is further proof his political aspirations trump the needs and will of the people of New Jersey. New Jersey has the fourth largest immigrant population in the United States. Tearing parents from their U.S. citizen children does not represent the values that New Jerseyans hold dear. Yet, just as Gov. Christie struggles to gain traction in his presidential hopes, he chooses to move further to the right and take a shameful stand against DACA and DAPA.
This is a betrayal of our families, our communities, and of all New Jerseyans. Undocumented immigrants in New Jersey pay over $476 million in state and local taxes every year. President Obama’s immigration initiatives will give millions of immigrants living here a chance to contribute even more to our economy and society and live without fear of deportation. We are confident this lawsuit will fail and immigrant communities in New Jersey will thrive as the President’s action takes effect.”