9th District Delegation Opposes State Tuition Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants

Apr 11, 2018

Sen. Christopher J. Connors of the state’s 9th Legislative District recently voted against a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for state tuition assistance. Both Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, also 9th District lawmakers, announced their intention to vote no if the Assembly considers the measure.

As a district press release explains, the legislators are “fulfilling their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law” by standing in opposition to the legislation.

Following the state Senate’s passage of S-699, the delegation released a joint statement, noting, “There is a general consensus that New Jersey does not provide sufficient tuition aid to legal taxpaying residents but now, somehow, Trenton can find the money to give to people who are in our country illegally to pay for college?

“Rewarding persons for breaking the law disenfranchises law-abiding citizens. It’s no wonder people are leaving the state in droves, that is, of course, except for the illegal aliens coming to New Jersey where, as a sanctuary state in the making, they are entitled to government benefits.”

Connors, Rumpf and Gove believe establishing New Jersey as a sanctuary state “undermines the rule of law” and “exacerbates the state’s very serious and pressing fiscal problems.”

“For this very reason, our delegation vehemently opposed and voted against the state law that provides in-state tuition for illegal aliens signed by former Gov. Chris Christie,” the trio stated.

They added, “Politics – not sound public policy – is the sole driving force behind pro-illegal immigration, whether it’s tuition aid or providing driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. ... Regardless, the rule of law matters greatly to our constituents, whose interests we will continue to represent by opposing policies that turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.” —J.K.H.

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