Incoming New Jersey Governor Wants to Create an Entire Agency to Protect Illegal Immigrants

Newly inaugurated New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy plans to establish the Garden State as a bastion of far-left policies, including a first-of-its-kind government agency devoted exclusively to protecting the rights of legal and illegal immigrants alike.

Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs financier who was swept into office on the back of former Gov. Chris Christie’s historically low approval ratings, told The Washington Post he plans to operationalize the sentiment behind the “sanctuary” movement by establishing an Office of Immigrant Defensive Protection.

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While a number of Democratically controlled states have adopted an official policy of non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Murphy is seeking to outdo his progressive counterparts by devoting an entire agency to help immigrants navigate the federal immigration bureaucracy.

“It would be a place where everybody could call with questions about their status,” Murphy told The Washington Post. “Our guess is it’s going to be legal services-oriented. One remarkable thing, and you probably have seen this, the rumors that swirl around communities are extraordinary, and it’s literally hard to get, particularly if you’re undocumented, the right answer to your question. That’s when people go back into the shadows.”

Murphy believes he can capitalize on the backlash to Christie’s fiscally conservative approach, establishing New Jersey as a testing ground for a progressive movement that’s gained traction with young voters nationally.

In addition to transforming New Jersey into a “welcoming” state—a term he prefers to “sanctuary”—Murphy plans to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, mandate a $15 minimum wage, and institute a millionaire tax.

“This state, under the current leadership, has gotten into the belief that if I give something to you, it comes at my expense,” Murphy said. “That’s a myth. Raising the minimum wage does not take from growth, it adds to growth. Earned sick leave gives workers a lot more confidence and adds to their participation in the economy. Equal pay for equal work isn’t, ‘Here, I’ll give this to you.’ It’s confidence, it’s participation.”

He plans to accomplish all of that while wielding the power of the state to counter President Donald Trump’s agenda.

“We’re going to stand our ground on anything we find unacceptable, and unfortunately that list is long, whether it’s immigration policy, it’s offshore drilling, or it’s an awful tax plan,” Murphy said. “We’re not going to compromise on American values and our constitution over here just to get a deal over here. That won’t happen.”

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New York Attorney General Has Filed 100 Acts of Resistance Against Trump

The New York attorney general has transformed his office into a bastion of the resistance movement by taking 100 legal or administrative actions against the Trump administration this year.

Eric Schneiderman’s legal team sued the Federal Communications Commission over its rollback of net neutrality regulations, challenged each successive version of the travel ban in court, and filed innumerable amicus briefs and formal letters challenging the perceived gutting of consumer finance protections and civil rights.

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“We try and protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm,” Schneiderman told The New York Times in a recent interview. “The biggest threat to New Yorkers right now is the federal government, so we’re responding to it.”

Though other state attorneys general have taken to challenging President Donald Trump in court, Schneiderman has taken a particularly aggressive stance, bolstering his political capital in a virulently anti-Trump state.

Enmity between the pair goes back a long way, beginning in earnest when Schneiderman spearheaded the investigation into fraudulent practices at Trump University in 2014. Since that time, Trump has referred to the attorney general as a “total lightweight,” a “total loser,” and “the nation’s worst AG.” Trump has also suggested Schneiderman should submit to a drug test because the attorney general “cannot be a cokehead.” Trump reached a settlement in the Trump University case in 2016.

Schneiderman’s office has maintained a rapid pace, challenging the administration at every turn. Most recently, New York joined 14 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency “for failing to meet the Clean Air Act’s statutory deadline” on air pollutant levels. The state also recently sued the administration for refusing to pay for a 17-year-old illegal immigrant’s abortion.

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FBI Agent Calls Trump an ‘Idiot’ in Text to Fellow Special Counsel Investigator

FBI agent Peter Strzok referred to President Donald Trump as an “idiot” in a series of texts exchanged with then-fellow special counsel investigator Lisa Page during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I just saw my first Bernie Sander[s] bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car,” Page, now a senior FBI lawyer, wrote in a message to Strzok, released by the Department of Justic Tuesday night.

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“He’s an idiot like Trump. Figure they cancel each other out,” Strzok replied.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released 375 of Strzok’s Trump-related text messages to the House Intelligence Committee. The communications span over a year, from Aug. 16, 2015, to Dec. 1, 2016. Rosenstein is scheduled to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday

Strzok, who was dismissed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in the early summer after DOJ officials learned he sent messages to a colleague mocking Trump, also referred to the president as a “loathsome human” and said, “God, Hillary [Clinton] should win 100,000,000 – 0,” in a string of March 2016 texts text messages obtained by USA Today.

Page’s detail on Mueller’s team concluded before the text messages were unearthed during an Office of the Inspector General inquiry into political bias on the special counsel.

The pair also disparaged House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Page said she hoped Ryan “fails and crashes in a blaze of glory,” to which Strzok responded, “[the GOP] needs to pull their head out of that a–. Shows no sign of occurring any time soon.”

Strzok, who also helped lead the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, softened former FBI Director James Comey’s description of her behavior from “grossly negligent”—a term that carries legal weight—to “extremely careless.”

Fox News reported in early December that the wife of a Department of Justice attorney was once employed by Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the Steele dossier, which amounted to a compilation of unverified salacious claims about Trump’s ties to Russia.

The report led Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, to call for a special counsel to examine bias among Mueller’s investigators. Additionally, conservatives have demanded a special prosecutor to examine Comey’s decision to forego pursuing criminal charges against Clinton.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who ordered federal prosecutors to look into Republican lawmakers’ calls for a special counsel, said Strzok’s anti-Trump communications “would raise serious questions of public trust” if proven to be true in a Dec. 2 statement.

“We will ensure that anyone who works on any investigation in the Department of Justice does so objectively and free from bias or favoritism,” Sessions said.

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