Sunday, August 26, 2007

Newsday reports on the way in which the recent murder of three college students has shaped the immigration debate in New Jersey. This story says that the legislature is unlikely to meet until after elections in November. Some proposals include:
_ Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Mercer, proposed requiring illegal immigrants to post full cash bail.

"When illegals commit crimes, they should be taken off our streets," Turner said.

_ Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, proposed requiring county prosecutors to notify federal authorities when an illegal alien is charged.

"It is a very basic concept that when a local law enforcement official is aware that an individual in their custody has violated a federal law, that they should notify the federal authorities," Bramnick said.

_ Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen, proposed requiring law enforcement to notify federal officials when an illegal alien is arrested for a felony.

"If the tragedies that recently occurred in Newark have taught us anything, it's that the current system is flawed," Sarlo said.

_ Assemblyman Richard Merkt, R-Morris said he will amend legislation he introduced in June 2006 prohibiting jails from releasing illegal aliens. He said he wants to revise the bill so it covers any arrested illegal alien.

"But I seriously doubt that the Democrats currently in charge of the state government in Trenton will take any action to correct the problem," Merkt said.