Ducey rejects ‘sanctuary city’ status


BRICK TOWNSHIP — The Township Committee may consider passing a resolution opposing Gov. Phil Murphy’s declaration of New Jersey as a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants.

The idea to introduce the resolution was brought unannounced to the rest of the council by sole Republican Councilman Jim Fozman, who asked to have a resolution he had brought with him added to the council meeting agenda. 

Mr. Fozman’s resolution was neither added to the agenda nor voted on, since resolutions are typically brought to the township attorney, via the township administration or the council committee, Township Attorney Kevin Starkey explained. 

However, Mr. Fozman’s proposal did stir up conversation among council members and the mayor on the issue of immigration.

“To me, [Brick] is definitely not a sanctuary city and will not be. You have to follow federal law, that’s what the laws are for, the law of the land,” Mayor John Ducey, a Democrat, said.

The resolution opposes Gov. Murphy, who allocated $2.1 million to fund legal services for undocumented immigrants, including $125,000 to Rutgers and Seton Hall law schools. 

Additionally, Gov. Murphy signed a bill in 2018 allowing undocumented immigrants to qualify for collegiate state aid.

Additionally, Mr. Fozman’s resolution opposes Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s Directive No. 2018-6, also known as the “Immigrant Trust Directive,” which went into effect in March of this year and which limits “the types of voluntary assistance that [New Jersey law enforcement officers] officers may provide to federal civil immigration authorities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” according to a release from the Attorney General’s Office.

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