After President Barack Obama held a press conference passing an executive order on immigration reform, bypassing Congress and protecting about 5.5 million people in the country illegally from deportation, State Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop voiced their support on the matter.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The President is doing the right thing by protecting these families and giving people with no criminal record the opportunity to work here legally, pay taxes and contribute to our society,” said Sacco, also the North Bergen mayor, in a prepared statement.
“Now it’s time for Congress to do its job by passing the bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform bill backed by Senator Robert Menendez that was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. Senate last year.
Fulop, also a Democrat, also praised Obama for taking “a major step in the right direction for millions of immigrant families,” while blasting Republicans in Congress.
“We support President Obama who has taken a major step in the right direction for millions of immigrant families and our country, while the Republican leadership in Congress has consistently failed to do what is right for America,” Fulop said in a written statement.
The Jersey City mayor also pointed to a few of the municipalities initiatives launched to help immigrants, such as an Office of Diversity of Inclusion that offers English and citizenship classes through city hall.