ORDER NO. 78
WHEREAS, New Jersey ranks 3rd in the nation in the number
of its foreign-born residents as a percentage of the total State population;
WHEREAS, immigrants have historically contributed to the economic, social,
and civic fabric of this State and this nation; and
WHEREAS, immigrants face many challenges and obstacles on the path to
becoming fully productive and self-sufficient members of society; and
WHEREAS, New Jersey recognizes that the successful integration of its
immigrants as fully productive and self-sufficient members of society
is critical to the future economic and social well-being of the State;
WHEREAS, the federal government enacts immigration policy regarding the
terms and conditions for entry and work in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the states have the responsibility for the development and implementation
of policies that assist immigrants’ integration into society; and
WHEREAS, a progressive and holistic approach by the State towards immigrant
policy that leverages the skills and assets of its immigrants and directs
State resources in accelerating immigrant integration will benefit the
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the
Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
1. There is hereby established the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Advisory
Panel on Immigrant Policy (“Advisory Panel”).
2. All public members of the Advisory Panel shall be appointed by the
Governor and shall serve at his pleasure. The Governor shall select from
among all of the members the chair of the Advisory Panel. All public members
of the Advisory Panel shall serve without compensation.
3. The Advisory Panel shall consist of 27 members. The 18 public members
shall be broadly representative of the following subjects and constituencies:
civil rights, commerce, community-based organizations, education, faith-based
organizations, immigration advocacy, labor, and service providers. The
New Jersey Legislature’s African-American and Latino Caucuses shall
each select from their membership one member to serve on the Advisory
Panel. The Attorney General, the Commissioners of Children and Families,
Education, Health and Senior Services, Human Services, and Labor and Workforce
Development, and the Public Advocate or their designees shall serve as
ex-officio members of the Advisory Panel. Vacancies on the Advisory Panel
shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
4. The Advisory Panel shall organize as soon as practicable after the
appointment of a majority of its members.
5. The Advisory Panel shall be authorized to call upon any department,
office, division or agency of this State to supply it with any information,
personnel or other assistance available as the Advisory Panel deems necessary
to discharge its duties under this Order. Each department, office, division
or agency of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent
with law, to cooperate fully with the Advisory Panel within the limits
of its statutory authority and to furnish the Advisory Panel with such
assistance on as timely a basis as is necessary to accomplish the purposes
of this Order. The Advisory Panel may consult with experts or other knowledgeable
individuals in the public or private sector on any aspect of its mission.
The Department of the Public Advocate shall provide staff support to the
6. The Advisory Panel is charged with developing recommendations for a
comprehensive and strategic statewide approach to successfully integrate
the rapidly growing immigrant population in New Jersey.
7. The Advisory Panel shall develop recommendations on how the State can
better prepare immigrants to become fully productive and self-sufficient
members of society by addressing the need for greater access in the following
areas: civil rights, citizenship status, education, employment/workforce
training, fair housing, healthcare, language proficiency and other key
areas as identified by the Advisory Panel.
8. The Advisory Panel shall elicit input by conducting public hearings
to take testimony from individuals, community groups and other interested
parties and by arranging for those who are not able to testify in person
to forward their testimony by mail or by internet.
9. The Advisory Panel may report to the Governor from time to time and
shall issue a final report to the Governor no later than 15 months from
the date of the first organizational meeting. The final report shall include
the Advisory Panel’s recommendations, including whether a more permanent
body is necessary for the implementation of immigrant policy in the State
or whether another type of entity is more appropriate. The Advisory Panel
shall expire upon the issuance of its final report.
10. Any reports of the Advisory Panel shall be provided to the Legislature
and shall be made available to the public.
11. This Order shall take effect immediately.
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for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes For Mayor, Assemblyman Arnold Brown,
Allison Court, Englewood, NJ 07631