Assemblyman Parker Space wanted there to be no doubt as to how he and his legislative colleagues feel about Governor Phil Murphy’s attempt to strip Sussex County citizens of the right to vote on the important issue of Sanctuary State status for Sussex County. “It is left-wing b.s. pure and simple.”
“Sheriff Mike Strada is right to stand up to Governor Murphy and the leftists who run his administration. We support him 100%.”
A plain-spoken farmer and family businessman, Assemblyman Space said to forget what the all the smooth-talking lawyers have to say about this. “It is a matter of American principles,” Space said. “The property taxpayers of Sussex County pay for the operations of the Sheriff’s office… they pay for the Sheriff and all his officers… they have the absolute right to instruct him on how they want him to deal with Murphy’s Sanctuary State b.s.”
“The county’s taxpayers have the right to tell the county Sheriff to follow federal law because they pay the county Sheriff. If Governor Murphy wants to dictate to the Sheriff then let’s send him the bill for the Sheriff and we’ll all enjoy a property tax cut.”
Assemblyman Space noted some important facts about the debate over illegal immigration:
(1) In its most recent report on illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that illegal immigration costs New Jersey taxpayers over $3 billion every year, which is close to 10% of our state’s entire budget.
(2) The State budget which was recently enacted spends $2.1 million for an “Office of Immigrant Protection.” Assemblyman Space and his colleagues opposed the budget and introduced legislation prohibiting public funding for it (A4033).
(3) Going even further, Governor Murphy and State Democrat leadership also passed legislation, which we opposed, to give illegals financial aid for college (S699). And most recently, the Murphy Administration announced that they were looking into providing driver’s licenses to illegal residents.
Assemblyman Space noted that he and his colleagues have introduced the following legislation:
S-305/A-949 Bars companies which hire illegal aliens from public contracts, grants, loans, or tax incentives for seven years.
S-528/A-172 "New Jersey Jobs Protection Act;" requires E-verification of employment.
S-168/A-497 Requires proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain certain benefits.
S-2506/A-233 Requires certain contractors to verify work authorization of newly hired employees.
S-541/A-2640 Prohibits municipal ordinance to create sanctuary city; Establishes State and local employee ethics violation upon noncompliance with federal immigration enforcement request.
“Clearly, if we are ever to get things back on the right track, we must pass these types of reform measures. It’s important that local, state, and federal law enforcement work together to strictly enforce the immigration laws that are already in place. If we do not address the problem of illegal immigration, New Jersey will never succeed in getting government spending under control.”
“Finally, we oppose all forms of amnesty for illegal immigrants as well as supporting measures to prevent our state from becoming a destination for terrorists posing as refugees looking to harm our families and neighbors. This is a critical issue and we will not waiver in our beliefs.”
Assemblyman Space shares an office with District 24 colleagues Assemblyman Hal Wirths and Senator Steve Oroho. Space is the Republican State Committeeman for Sussex County. His wife, Jill Space, was a Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention supporting Donald Trump.