Sires: Trump ending DACA is ‘inhumane, devastating’ to families

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U.S. Rep Albio Sires (D-8) said President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program is ‘inhumane” and “devastating’ to families, later stating he had no issues with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy making New Jersey a sanctuary state.

“The president’s cruel, reprehensible position to end DACA, with a six-month delay, is inhumane and devastating to families and communities across the country,” Sires said at a press conference at the Jose Marti Freshman Academy in Union City this morning.

“President Trump’s actions target nearly a million hard-working, law abiding people who were brought here as young children who are growing up in the same playgrounds, schools and neighborhoods as our kids.”

The Congressman, who was born in Cuban and came to this country when he was 11,  continued that Murphy is committed to protecting the 22,000 DACA students in New Jersey, evidenced by his proposal to create an Office of Immigrant Protection if elected.

Sires further stated that Congress needs to work together on comprehensive immigration reform, noting that it would be beneficial to have a willing partner in New Jersey with Murphy as governor.

When Hudson County View asked if Sires supported Murphy’s idea to make New Jersey a sanctuary state, he said that he was in favor of the idea – which has been given a bad name by Trump’s administration.

“It has become, what Washington puts out, that somehow sanctuary is a bad word .. so when we have shown passion, and we show understanding, and when we show affection for these people, it doesn’t mean that those who are criminals shouldn’t be sent back,” Sires responded.

Immigration has recently become a hot topic in the governor’s race, particularly when Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Murphy’s Republican adversary, released a TV commercial that said her Democratic foe “will have the backs of deranged murderers,” claiming Murphy’s policies are too dangerous for New Jersey.

When asked about the commercial, Sires told Hudson County View that he wasn’t surprised since “fear is what sells to their base.”

This wasn’t the first time Hudson County leaders spoke out against Trump’s DACA repeal.

Back in August, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) gathered at New Jersey City University to speak in favor of DACA, claiming a repeal could cause the local economy to take a $1.5 billion hit.

Since then, Trump passed an executive order that would begin phasing out the program in six months, urging Congress to pass a replacement bill before then.  (h/t The New York Times.)

This morning in Union City, Sires was joined by State Senator (D-32)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack, Union City Commissioners Maryury Martinetti, Union City Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato and West New York Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez (D-7).

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  1. The American citizens/students marching obviously don’t know all the facts. Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.” and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.

    The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.) This is another falsehood told to the American people. Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not illegal alien its “Immigrant.” (like the lie there just ‘Kids”) there not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

    The GOAL, motivation (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the BILLIONS we spend on illegal aliens.

    “Some” of the costs associated with illegal immigration……Dollars and Blood.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student.

    *Now city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

    There is also an incredible public safety issues.

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