The building-services union 32BJ SEIU has denounced New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno as racist for a television ad accusing her opponent of supporting “criminal illegals.”
“I work hard cleaning offices and have worked full time for several years,” said Maximo Rodriquez, a Trenton-based 32BJ SEIU member. “What Kim Guadagno said about immigrants in her ‘sanctuary’ ad is wrong. We’re not criminals.”
The Republican ad claims that Democratic candidate Phil Murphy’s support for making New Jersey a “sanctuary state” to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation means he “would have the backs of deranged murderers” like the Peruvian “illegal alien and child rapist” who killed three college students in Newark in 2007.
Murphy pledged to make New Jersey ‘a sanctuary state’ in response to a question during the Oct. 10 debate about the roughly 22,000 ‘dreamers’ or immigrants who arrived in the US as children and are being threatened with deportation by Trump, who rode a wave of fear and racism to the White House.
Guadagno, a former Monmouth County sheriff, took video of Murphy saying he would have “the backs” of dreamers and combined it with footage of Jose Carranza, an undocumented immigrant from Peru with ties to the MS-13 gang who was convicted of killing three students in an execution-style shooting at a Newark schoolyard in 2007.
The ad claimed that Murphy would “have the backs of deranged murderers” like Carranza, based on his assertion that America should not deport immigrants who have been raised and educated in the US.
Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects about a million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. DACA was enacted through executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012.
“They’re every bit as American as my four kids,” Murphy said of the 22,000 Dreamers in New Jersey. “This one really offends me.”
“This ad is disgraceful,” said SEIU state director Kevin Brown. “It accuses undocumented immigrants of being criminals, murderers and drug dealers. It’s from the Christie/Trump playbook: pitting ‘us’ against ‘them.'”
The New Jersey Working Families Alliance accused Guadagno of “fanning the flames of racism” through the ad’s “attempt to dehumanize immigrants and cast them as violent criminals—because of the bad actions of one man.”
Murphy said the ad “knowingly distorted” his position on the issue of forcing local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws, which are considered a tangled mess that have required legislative action for decades.
Muslim Gold Star father Khizr Khan urged Garden State voters to support Murphy and Sheila Oliver during a visit to New Jersey on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
Khan was catapulted to national attention by a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention that resulted in a feud with President Donald Trump.
Also campaigning for Murphy in recent weeks were Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former vice presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore.
Without naming Guadagno, Murphy and Khan repeatedly linked the Republican candidate to Trump-style politics at a campaign event in Princeton.
“You have the support of the entire nation,” Khan said. “You’re voting for the goodness of America.”
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