Defending raids, Christie gives no assurances to undocumented immigrants in N.J.
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New Jersey: Gov. Christie on Sunday offered no assurances to immigrants in New Jersey who are in the United States illegally, as he defended recent immigration raids under President Trump’s administration that have netted some people without violent records.
Federal immigration officials arrested undocumented immigrants in at least six states last week, targeting known criminals. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told reporters Friday that 75 percent of the 160 people detained in the agency’s operation had felony convictions, while the rest had misdemeanors or were in the country illegally.
Christie on Sunday downplayed the recent deportation of a Phoenix mother of two who had been convicted years earlier of criminal impersonation after an immigration raid at her work site, saying that “things don’t always go perfectly.”
“But that will be the overwhelming minority in all this,” Christie said. “What people should focus on is what the president is trying to do, which is to keep a campaign promise on making sure that violent criminals who are here illegally are taken out of the country in order to make America’s streets safer.”
Asked on CNN about New Jersey cities taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants – host Jake Tapper noted information distributed by Princeton University – Christie said “it should be surprising to no one that institutions like Princeton University … are going to take a very progressive, liberal position toward this and will try to grandstand this.”
Christie, who has weighed in on Trump’s administration in several television interviews recently, was also asked about allegations that the president’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.
Noting that Flynn had initially denied talking to the ambassador about sanctions, but has since said he doesn’t remember, Christie said, “That’s a conversation he is going to need to have with the president and the vice president to clear that up.”
The governor, who was removed as Trump’s transition team chair after the election, would not say whether he would accept a job in the administration when his term in New Jersey ends in January 2018.