Protests against Trump order continue in New Jersey
TRENTON -- New Jersey continued to react on Monday to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
About 1,000 people rallied on Newark Avenue in Jersey City against the ban, according to NJ.com, holding signs that included Trump's "You're fired" catchphrase from The Apprentice. Mayor Steven Fulop told the crowd, "We are going to resist this every step of the way," according to the report.
Fourteen student groups are rallying against the executive order at Rutgers University's Brower Commons in New Brunswick, on Tuesday at 5 p.m., in the Rutgers Solidarity #NoBanNoWall protest. Organizers want Rutgers president Robert Barchi to "publicly condemn the executive order as thinly-veiled Islamophobia, xenophobia, and fear mongering" and to reaffirm Rutgers' status as a "sanctuary school." The group wants Barchi to offer legal assistance for students unable to re-enter the country.
Additional protests are planned for Wednesday at Norman Samuels Plaza near Rutgers-Newark and NJIT's campus, and at Gould Park in Paterson, according to the immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New Jersey.
- U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) said Monday they and others are considering trying to defund the departments that are carrying out President Trump's executive order. The senators said the order is unconstitutional and could end up jeopardizing national security. Menendez said that when the federal budget is debated, "There may be challenges to defund the operation of any departments that would carry out the executive order."
- New Jersey's Republican delegation in Congress also weighed in on the order, with Reps. Frank LoBiondo, Rodney Frelinghuysen and Tom MacArthur essentially in agreement that the executive order was not well executed. MacArthur applauded Trump for acting and said he "deserves the chance to make our country safer and I will work in Congress to help the Administration settle on a long-term fix that protects our people and our values." Fourth District Rep. Chris Smith did not issue a comment.
- Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said the order was "hastily implemented," according to the Asbury Park Press. Gov. Chris Christie has not commented on the order.
- Bruce Springsteen commented on the weekend protests on stage during a concert in Australia on Monday. He tweeted "America is a nation of immigrants and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American."
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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