March 27, 2015

Watson Coleman: “It Is Disappointing…That Governor Christie Would Join Texas In A Transparently Partisan Legal Challenge.”


Washington, DC (March 27, 2015) ― Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), issued the following statement on Governor Christie’s decision to join an amicus brief in support of the Texas challenge of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration:

“The President’s executive actions on immigration aren't just sound policy, they are also backed by more than half a century of precedent. Every President since Eisenhower has used his executive authority to address immigration issues. President Obama’s executive actions are, at their core, an attempt  to fill the gap left by House Republicans’ refusal to bring bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform legislation up for a vote.

“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Governor Christie would join Texas in a transparently partisan legal challenge. This is just another example of the Governor putting his political ambitions ahead of the interests of New Jersey residents. More than 200,000 children and parents in New Jersey would directly benefit from the ability to learn, work, and contribute here in the U.S. It seems that Christie would rather join Republican fear mongering than encourage his GOP colleagues to address immigration head on, depriving these individuals of their chance to earn the American Dream.”