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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Jersey’s Boom in Illegal Immigrants

Times have changed since 2004 when federal agents launched massive raids on illegal aliens at an apartment complex in Hightstown. “One Spanish-language newspaper recently dubbed Hightstown the "Paradise Town" of New Jersey.”

Hightstown has enacted a no-questions-asked policy on immigration status and is now considered a “sanctuary city”. The borough, with a population of 5,300, “allows its undocumented residents to officially interact with local police and access city services without fear of being reported to federal authorities”.

One illegal immigrant at the complex where the raids were staged called on the police recently to help place a family member in alcohol rehabilitation; others have reported domestic abuse, extortion, theft and other crimes. Some are calling the town's pro-immigrant mayor for advice on City Hall weddings and landlord troubles. Hightstown has added services aimed at immigrants.
Hightstown Mayor Robert Patten, a Republican, is under the impression his community would be a ghost-town without illegal immigrants, while Governor Jon Corzine is spending taxpayer money to build affordable housing. New Jersey’s illegal immigrant population, estimated at close to 1 million, has apparently already discovered plenty of affordable housing in places like "Paradise Town".

Blue Jersey’s ‘Hopeful’ sees Hightstown’s “sanctuary city” policies as providing “A Better Approach to Immigration” than communities actively working with federal law enforcement to reduce problems associated with illegal immigrants. “The result: Crimes are reported, and the town is flourishing.” From the sounds of it, Hightstown is flourishing with crime. We fail to see how turning a blind eye to immigration status s is a better approach, assuming the valid reasons for our immigration laws and the public‘s desire to see them enforced.

Illegal immigration in New Jersey has grown so dramatically in size and impact that the League of Municipalities recently formed a task force to study the cost to municipalities of providing education, law enforcement, health care and other services to illegal immigrants. Readers may remember our post about “One Loud Councilperson's Opinion” after voters rejected Hightstown’s school budget for the second straight year. If there’s an advantage to illegal immigration for legal residents and taxpayers, we’ve yet to hear it.

Fausta writes, “Hightstown is subverting the principle of the rule of law”. “The message is clear: the immigrants are taught that the law applies to someone else.” “Having, supporting and countenancing a group of people whose entire existence is predicated on evading the rule of law” is “erosive to our society”.

It’s also expensive, especially for a state that’s basically bankrupt. Steven A. Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies said, "You're also talking about a group of people who often work off-the-books but are getting access to expensive city services. It's not fair to everyone else paying the bill."

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At 2:58 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

Immigration would have a field day in Fairview at six o'clock in the morning!

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ICE should come to Hackettstown around 6am. Plenty of "immigrants" riding their bikes to work, not to mention groups of them waiting for work on Main St.

The Town passed an ordinance last year requiring landlords to pay $120 per unit. The reason...so that the building inspector can check rental units for code enforcement. I've dish out the cash and haven't seen a building inspector yet.

The Town Council is stupidly overlooking the real problem, illegal immigration is slowly turning the town into another "Dover".

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Jason said...

I am curious to know when the legal citizens will grow tired of ignoring ILLEGAL immigrants of this country and the way they [politicians] "CHOOSE" which laws to break or ignore.

They are called ILLEGAL, just as it is ILLEGAL to speed, steal, rob, murder, not pay taxes, etc.

The immigration of other countries has very little tolerance for ILLEGAL entry and I am confused with why it is [the enforcement of] looked upon with horror.

CA and NJ politicians do not want to miss out on the potential votes of ILLEAGALS, wait, they can not vote!

At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron askes, if illegals smoke pot will they go to jail?

At 5:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work and live in dover , new jersey . I know for a fact that my
employer hires immigrants with-out papers. Being a legal resident and a
legal worker in dover , this is very disturbing . not only for that reason
, but because the town of dover is doing nothing about the influx of
illegals and the companies hiring them. I cant imagine why the town just
turns the other way , when it is obvious the illegals are reaching
substantial quantities. which can be seen on a daily basis right on
blackwell street , every corner is occupied with 5-6-7 latinos waiting for
work . They wouldnt be there if they didnt know they could be picked up by
either landscaping or construction companies looking for cheap paying
labor. Also they wouldnt be applying to my company on a daily basis ,
without the knowledge or possibility of working without proper
documents. what can be done? when will it be done? what are the laws concerning
this matter? i will be glad to give you my employers name
anonymously , if i knew there would be action taken!!!! bobby12668@yahoo.com

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think we shouldn't call anybody an illegal immigrint i mean this country is full of different races so we shouldn't do this. If anybody isn't doing something wrong leave them alone....but if they are deport them.

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