Kim Guadagno Proposes Sanctuary City Ban For New Jersey

West Long Branch, NJ – In response to Phil Murphy doubling down on his plan to create a sanctuary state, former Monmouth County Sheriff and 2017 gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno today backed a state law banning sanctuary cities in New Jersey and authorizing the governor to withhold funds from municipalities and cities that harbor violent criminals.
“By making New Jersey a sanctuary state, Phil Murphy is saying he would rather protect dangerous criminals and murderers like Jose Carranza than stand up for the law abiding people of New Jersey,” said Kim Guadagno. “As a former prosecutor and sheriff, I can tell you that Phil Murphy is seriously misguided and would make New Jerseyans less safe as governor with policies like this. If elected governor, I will pass a law to ban sanctuary cities so politicians can’t prevent law enforcement from turning violent and dangerous criminals over to federal immigration officials for deportation.”

“A governor’s number one responsibility is to keep New Jerseyans safe, and Phil Murphy is already failing that test,” saidCarlos Rendo. “A sanctuary state doesn’t protect immigrants; it protects the criminal element. Instead of being biased in favor of criminals, our governor must be on the side of the people and law enforcement officers who protect us everyday. Phil Murphy should abandon his promise to make New Jersey a sanctuary state.”

During a recent forum at the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, Phil Murphy stumbled over question about the case of Jose Carranza and sanctuary city policies in New Jersey. Phil Murphy was asked when police should notify the federal government and immigration authorities about crimes such as rape and drunk driving committed by illegal immigrants. He dodged, saying, “I’m not sure what the right point of notification is this is,” but then said, “My bias is going to be having their back.”

Carranza was previously charged with raping a 5-year-old before being convicted of shooting and killing three young college students execution style in Newark. He had a fake social security number and was in the country illegally from Peru.

During the gubernatorial debates, Phil Murphy called on making New Jersey a sanctuary state. Murphy last week doubled down during an interview with the Star Ledger, saying it should be up to local cities whether or not to cooperate with federal immigration officials if an undocumented immigrant is arrested for committing a crime.

Kim Guadagno’s proposed sanctuary city ban would do the following:

  • Block politicians from adopting sanctuary city policies in New Jersey.
  • Give the governor authority to withhold funding or issue fines to sanctuary cities harboring violent criminals.
  • Require law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and run background checks of criminals in New Jersey jails and prisons.


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