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Congressman Smith: Reports that he voted against the wall are inaccurate

In a phone interview with MMM this morning, Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ 4, said that published reports by New Jersey Globe and SaveJersey claiming that he voted with Democrats to reopen the federal government without funding a wall for our southern border are incomplete and inaccurate.

“I am a strong supporter of securing our southern border, including the wall–I voted for $5.7 billion for the wall in December-– and have been throughout my career,” Smith said.  “The bill I voted for yesterday, H J Res 1, would fund the only Department of Homeland Security and only until February 9.”

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Posted: January 4th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Will Donald Trump’s rise in Republican presidential race fade?

assetContent (39)TRENTON — Donald Trump, the outspoken billionaire who caused many critics to scoff when he announced last month he was running for president, has quickly become a focal point in the crowded race for the 2016 Republican nomination. His controversial comments have flooded media coverage. His fellow candidates constantly field questions about him. And this week,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Donald Trump | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Overcrowding crisis: Should N.J overrule voters, approve $33M school expansion?

FREEHOLD — The sign that hangs above the door says “library.” But students at Park Avenue Elementary School don’t come here to check out books. The room has been overtaken, repurposed into seven miniature and makeshift classrooms partitioned only by thin, 6-foot temporary dividers. Students learning English as their second language sit between those dividers, meeting… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Freehold, Immigration, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Conservative Republicans Resist Boehner’s Plan to Avoid Budget Fight


U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference in Washington September 9, 2014. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference in Washington September 9, 2014. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans on Wednesday resisted a plan to avert a budget fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration order, raising the likelihood that the spending struggle in Congress could last right up to the Dec. 11 deadline for a government shutdown. Tea Party lawmakers stood firm against House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Amnesty, Fiscal Cliff, Government Shutdown, Immigration, Obama, Obama Administration | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Five Questions After Obama’s Immigration Speech


assetContentPresident Obama has laid out his immigration executive order. He’s delivered his webcast announcing his speech. He’s delivered his primetime speech and, on Friday, he flies to Las Vegas to give another speech and sign the order. It’s a journey just to get it out the door. So now what? We don’t know what the political… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Five Questions After Obama’s Immigration Speech

Obama immigration order draws split GOP response from possible candidates


BOCA RATON, Fla — . President Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration is exposing different approaches in the Republican Party, evident Wednesday as six potential candidates for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination differed in how they would ease the nation’s immigration crisis. Appearing at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, the six possible candidates were… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Barack Obama | Tags: , , , | 17 Comments »

Would an Obama immigration order be on firm legal ground?


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is about to flex his muscles on immigration; perhaps, skeptics believe, past the breaking point. As chief of the executive branch, Obama enjoys considerable authority to act on his own in certain areas, including national security and immigration. His predecessors, Republicans and Democrats alike, have employed similar powers. But as the… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Immigration | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Unaccompanied Central American Children Showing Up In Freehold

Read this update: CASA FREEHOLD DIRECTOR: There is no influx on Central American Youth in Freehold

Senator Jennifer Beck working with federal officials and Governor to handle the crisis

10547427_10203042180510060_8402511199330115770_nBetween 5 and 10 Central American children, ages 11-16, who have crossed our borders without adults have found their way to Freehold Borough, according to a statement by Rita Dentino, Director of Casa Freehold, an immigrants rights organization that helps newly arrived immigrants integrate into the community.

Dentino said that more children are arriving everyday, according to a report in the Sentinal.

State Senator Jennifer Beck issued a statement today saying she is working with federal and state officials to secure funding to deal with the situation and to evaluate New Jersey’s legal options and obligations.

“This is an issue with far ranging implications that is being experienced all across the country. I am working closely with federal representatives and the Governor’s Office to fully understand our legal options and obligations. I am hopeful that money will come from the federal government as part of an overall response to this issue. There are real humanitarian, fiscal and capacity concerns so all decisions must be fully vetted. I will continue to communicate openly with local officials to keep all appraised of our progress.”

Published reports indicate that over 1,500 Central American children have arrived in New Jersey.  The federal government operates only one 10 bed facility in the State, and none of the children are housed there.

Dentino told the Sentinal that she would be contacting DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services) to begin the process of finding the children guardians.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Freehold, Immigration, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County, News | Tags: , , , , , | 29 Comments »

Pandering Pallone Lies About U.S. Soccer Team To Boost Amnesty

New Jersey’s truth challenged Congressman Frank Pallone took to twitter last evening to garner support of the Amnesty Bill he’s sponsoring in the House of Representatives.

Pallone lie re World cup

Thanks to the folks at Twitchy who researched the World Cup players that Pallone dubbed as immigrants:

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Posted: June 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, 2014 Elections, Amnesty, Frank Pallone, Immigration | Tags: , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Christie to Dreamers: You are an inspiration

Governor Chris Christie held a ceremonial signing of the Dream Act, legislation that gives the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s state colleges and universities, this morning in Union City.

The following videos are excerpted from his remarks.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Education, Immigration | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Christie to Dreamers: You are an inspiration