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In New Jersey, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate is Also Using Trump Anti-Immigrant Tactics

For evidence of the toxic influence that Donald Trump (and Republicans who are willing to abide by him) have had on the national discourse, look no further than this year’s two gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. In Virginia, Republican Ed Gillespie has made national news for race-baiting, immigrant-demonizing attack ads that conflate Democrat … Continue reading »

Advocates Descend on New Jersey to show Support for Immigrant Families

Activists and advocates with the organization Make the Road New Jersey have responded to Donald Trump’s mass deportation blueprints by organizing a rally outside the Elizabeth Detention Center, where elected officials, labor leaders, and clergy members joined immigrants in a show of solidarity and resistance. Hundreds of people from surrounding states including New York, Pennsylvania, … Continue reading »

This Tax Day, A Reminder that Implementing Immigration Executive Action Policies Would Be Good for New Jersey

Unfortunately, Out of State Lawsuit Keeping NJ From Reaping the Benefits This year, the deadline for filing federal income taxes arrives on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the U.S. v Texas immigration case. Tax Day is a reminder that for the good of our tax base, our overall economy, … Continue reading »

Christie Embraces the #TrumpEffect: Ready To Block Driver's Licenses to New Jersey Immigrants

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Legislature moved forward with a bill that would grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act (A4425), would grant driver’s licenses to undocumented resident in New Jersey who are able to provide a variety of documented to the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, pay … Continue reading »

BREAKING: Agreement Reached. NJ DREAM Act Passed, Governor Christie to Sign

Big development in New Jersey today. Congrats to the DREAMers who made it happen. From NJ.com:  Students who grew up in New Jersey but are in the country illegally will soon be able to pay in-state tuition at its public colleges and universities. After weeks of feuding between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats who … Continue reading »

Washington Post to Chris Christie: Support New Jersey Tuition Equality, Already

Just before his reelection last month, New Jersey Governor and likely 2016 contender Chris Christie appeared to embrace tuition equality for his state’s undocumented students, saying: I believe every child should be given the opportunity to reach their God-given potential…that’s a moral requirement. We need to get to work in the state legislature, on things … Continue reading »

Narrow Margin in Virginia Signals Asian and Latino Influence, Virginia DREAM Act and GOP Fate Hang in the Balance

Cross-posted from Latino Decisions: Latino Decisions election eve polling shows 66% of Hispanics and 63% of Asian Americans voted for Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe. More specifically, an estimated 95,500 Hispanic and 51,000 Asian-Americans voted in the Virginia election, meaning that Asian and Hispanic voters provided a combined 95,160 votes for McAuliffe, contributing heavily to his slim 56,494 victory … Continue reading »

Polling & Election Results Show Anti-Immigrant Candidates Face Long Odds Given Demographic Realities

Virginia and New Jersey Offer Clear Lesson for National GOP in 2014 and Beyond on Immigration An election-eve poll of extremely likely Latino and Asian voters in Virginia, conducted by Latino Decisions and sponsored by America’s Voice and People For the American Way (PFAW), shows that what candidates say and do on immigration has a … Continue reading »

Election Day Lessons in NJ & VA – Latino & Asian Voters Prepared to Reward or Punish GOP on Immigration

For a Republican Party that is deciding whether to embrace or reject immigration reform this year, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia show how two different models of Republican engagement on immigration can lead to two wildly different outcomes. In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is poised to coast to re-election and … Continue reading »

A Tale of Two Candidates: Pro-Immigrant Chris Christie Gains Ground With Latino Voters; Anti-Immigrant Ken Cuccinelli Not So Much

The gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia offer two different models for the national Republican Party on immigration reform and outreach to Latino voters.  Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is pro-immigrant and doing well.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) is anti-immigrant and heading towards defeat.  The results should speak loudly to a Republican Party that … Continue reading »