Standing up for NJ Law Enforcement
Recently, I joined local law enforcement and leaders to stand against the Trump administration’s efforts to take away public safety grants from New Jersey. The administration is doing this because many New Jersey communities have chosen to resist some of the most extreme immigration policies of the Justice Department. New Jersey is being denied a total of $5,871,599.
Local law enforcement is tasked with the difficult and often dangerous work of keeping our communities safe. They know the challenges they face and they know how best to address sensitive issues regarding immigration. I know that police in communities like New Brunswick and Asbury Park understand how to do their jobs and how to interact with immigrants without creating distrust. The last thing New Jersey law enforcement needs is an extreme and often incompetent Trump Justice Department telling them how to do their jobs.
Our communities deserve the funding from COPS and JAG grants because our state helps to fund them. We should not be punished for having policies on immigration that are practical, humane, and in the best interests of our state. That’s why I joined a bipartisan letter urging the Justice Department to end its embargo of $174 million in approved Byrne JAG funds earmarked for police departments throughout the country, arguing that the administration’s posture “jeopardizes [police departments’ ability] to maintain law and order and do their job effectively.”
I will do everything within my power to ensure that our first responders get the money they deserve.
Lastly, one of my privileges as a Member of Congress is to assist my constituents on a range of issues, whether it be to help with a federal agency, ordering a flag, or requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington DC. Please take a moment to visit my website at pallone.house.gov or stop by my offices in Long Branch, New Brunswick or Washington, DC to find out how I can serve you.
Congressman Frank Pallone