Instead of allocating it for property tax relief, Governor Phil Murphy and the Democrats in the Legislature took $2.1 million and handed it to immigration attorneys to help those illegally in New Jersey and facing deportation to stay. That’s right, illegal aliens who face court-ordered deportation can now fight it, courtesy of the New Jersey taxpayer.
And the first thing that those immigration attorneys did was to complain that it wasn’t enough! Hey ingrates… at least give a round of applause to Governor Murphy for doing what he promised to do. Even if you disagree with him, that’s something. But he did what you wanted and you still complain. Why is it that some people are never satisfied? It’s just bitch… bitch… bitch.
The immigration attorneys being funded by the money that should have gone to property tax relief for… seniors trying to keep out of foreclosure… the working poor… single moms trying their best to keep the kids fed and a roof over their heads… you know, all those folks nobody seems to care about anymore…
Well those immigration attorneys claimed that this money would only cover about 14 percent of what they were fixing to charge. Can you see these lawyers, all salivating around a pot of taxpayers’ money, thinking about how much they can trouser for “doing good” and “making the world a better place.” Don’t know how to break it to you, but sainthood is a poor person’s profession. How many Hoboken townhouses, Jersey City condos, or shore houses did Mother Theresa have?
You know what? We bet they already have some well-connected lawyer-lobbyist down in Trenton trying to get them even more of your money – the money that should have gone to property tax relief for a state with one of the highest foreclosure rates in America.
As for making the world a better place… well hold on there just a minute.
We’re always told – by groups like NAP, the Million Moe March, Show of the Hands, Gabriel’s BoBo, and the Multi-Rainbow Redaction Caucus – that America has the biggest murder rate of anywhere in the world. You all buy that, right?
Well the United Nations doesn’t buy it. No siree.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the global international homicide rate is 6.2 per 100,000. For the United States of America, it is 5.35 per 100,000.
Yep, we’re in 87th place as far as murder rates go… not #1 like some would have you believe. We do about the same as Greenland, a bit better than Ukraine and Argentina, not quite as good as Lithuania and Cuba. Sure, there is a whole lot of room for improvement until we become one of those countries (like Great Britain) where the cops don’t carry guns (although that is changing… fast).
But then look at the where our immigration is coming from and you’ll soon think twice about holding your breath waiting for the day the police go around with only a notepad for protection. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, 55% of those residing in America illegally are from Mexico (some of these are pass-throughs from other Central or South American nations). In second place is El Salvador. Third place goes to Guatemala. In fifth place is Honduras. In tenth place, the Dominican Republic.
Now here is where it gets scary. According to the United Nations, El Salvador and Honduras have the highest murder rates in the world – at 82.84 per 100,000 and 56.52 per 100,000 respectively. Guatemala’s murder rate is 27.26 per 100,000. Mexico has a murder rate nearly four times that of the United States – at 19.26 per 100,000. The Dominican Republic has a murder rate of 15.18 per 100,000.
Would our murder rate be significantly lower without the influx of young males from these high-murder rate countries? It is certainly something worthy of a thorough government study.
If it turns out, as some studies have suggested, that we are sustaining our murder rate on the basis of outside “talent” then the party or parties responsible should face hell to pay. Murder, rape, robbery, and violent assault are life altering experiences and we would do well to examine what policies could be negatively impacting the prevention of such crimes. Even property crimes like burglary cause severe emotion reactions and even mental disorders. According to the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 5.8 million violent victimizations and 17.1 million property victimizations for the latest year surveyed.
Crime and its causes cannot be brushed aside out of ideological convenience. It is a people issue – the need to feel safe and secure is a basic human need. Those advocating the headlong rush to prevent every illegal facing deportation from being sent home, just because it falls under the administration of President Donald Trump, would do well to consider the potential outcomes of such policies.
Kudos to Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-24) for thinking instead of emoting. In contrast to some cringe-worthy comments made by another Republican, Wirths told the Associated Press that the state’s already impoverished taxpayers couldn’t afford to send the money to lawyers to represent illegal aliens. Wirth’s has introduced legislation “barring taxpayer dollars from being used to assist (illegal) immigrants.”
We think we have a couple good ideas too. (1) Use the $2.1 million for property tax relief and have the Democrat State Committee collect the money needed to pay all those immigration lawyers from the fat campaign accounts collecting dust in banks all over the state. You want to do good… do good… with your own money. Don’t spend other people’s money and then bask in the reflected glory of it… while they get foreclosed on. And (2) according to media sources that rich guy we elected governor is worth several hundred million dollars. Let him put up the $2.1 million… he’d be a hero!