A state panel on immigrant policy released recommendations Monday that include in-state tuition eligibility and driving privileges for illegal immigrants, as well as the creation of a commission on New Americans.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who convened the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy last August, said Monday he agrees that illegal immigrants, especially those brought to the U.S. as children and attending local schools, should be able to pay in-state tuition at the state's public colleges...
On the slightly better side of things, Corzine opposes the driver's licenses part. The link also has poll results, and they don't look too good for supporters of illegal immigration: only 33% support even limited drivers licenses, and only 20% support in-state tuition for illegal aliens (32% favor it for the children of illegal aliens; that shouldn't be an issue except as yet another indication of the problems with automatically granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens).
On the even worse side of things:
The governor also is urging a reexamination of an immigration directive from the New Jersey's Attorney General ordering police to notify immigration authorities when they arrest someone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. He's also backing moratorium on federal immigration raids in the state, which he says often tear mixed-status families apart.
Republican state senators respond here. The list of those on the panel is here: state.nj.us/publicadvocate/home/immigrantpanelmembers.html
Looking into the rest is left as an exercise, but Janice Fine is a Rutgers professor who's also a Senior Fellow for Organizing and Policy at the Center for Community Change. Shai Goldstein is/was a lawyer who runs the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network. He's a former Anti Defamation League leader who "helped establish mandatory diversity training for the New Jersey State Police".
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