Gov. Chris Christie Kicks Off 2014 with New Jersey DREAM Act

Assistant Director of Communications

January 7, 2014

Signing Highlights Positive Steps, and Need for Federal Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hosted a ceremonial bill signing for the New Jersey DREAM Act legislation he signed into law late last month. The bill extends in-state tuition to undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. as children and meet certain other qualifications.

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, met this morning with Gov. Christie and attended the ceremony. “Today makes clear that immigration reform is possible,” Salguero said. “A Republican governor and a Democratic legislature in New Jersey sent a message to Washington: Bipartisan immigration reform can happen. Close to 8 million Hispanic evangelicals are praying that Congress follows New Jersey’s courageous example.”   

“It is very encouraging to see the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association taking such an important step toward commonsense immigration reform,” added Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Gov. Christie has shown a great deal of leadership on this issue over the past year, and we applaud his efforts.”