ment added that the governor “sup- census, noting that the results will be two years, which will expand servic-
Governor: Licenses for ports allowing all resident children used to distribute more than $300 bil- es to low-income residents, Gov. Jon
illegals ‘problematic’ in New Jersey the opportunity to lion dollars in federal funds each year S. Corzine announced last week.
attend college at the in-state to states and communities. “These funds will ensure that “The ability to
Gov. Jon S.Corzine last week used the [tuition] rate.” Some of the other rec- The funds are critical for sup- New Jersey’s health care safety net
word “problematic” when responding ommendations in the report include porting hospitals, schools, trans- remains strong during this economic appreciate the arts is
to the idea of allowing illegal immi- creating a commission to oversee portation and social services, crisis,” he said. “As more New Jersey going to come as
grants to get driver’s licenses, or so- immigrant issues; and establishing Corzine said. Census results also are residents lose their health insurance, little consolation to a
called “driver privilege cards.” guidelines to help define how the used to apportion seats in the U.S. they will turn to our community
Corzine’s statement came in state will communicate with those House of Representatives and to health centers for care. It is reassur- child who doesn’t
response to a report by the Governor’s with limited English proficiency. redraw the boundaries of state leg- ing to know that the federal govern- receive adequate
Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immi- The Blue Ribbon Panel on islative districts, congressional dis- ment is a true health care partner." health coverage,
grant Policy, which recommended Immigrant Policy, headed by Public tricts and some voting districts. The state’s network of 20 com-
driver’s licenses for the undocument- Advocate Ronald Chen, was created Standing with leaders of the munity health centers — with a total doesn’t have a safe
ed and in-state college rates for for- in August 2007. The panel examined State League of Municipalities, of 91 sites — provides primary and place to grow up or
eign-born New Jersey students. areas important to New Jersey’s Corzine announced a one-year preventive health care to patients doesn’t get a
“There are some recommenda- immigrant population, including countdown to the 2010 Census. The who are either uninsured, enrolled
tions, no matter how well inten- education, citizenship status, civil U.S. Census Bureau will begin its in FamilyCare or recipients of Med- proper education.”
tioned, that cannot be accomplished rights, fair housing, health care, lan- decennial nationwide headcount icaid and Medicare. More than
without a comprehensive policy at guage proficiency, and employment April 1. – Scott Goldstein 300,000 patients received care in State Sen. Joseph F.
the federal level, and drivers’ licenses and work force training. – Scott Goldstein community health centers last year.
for the undocumented is one of “These expansion dollars will
them,” he said. “This is a tremendous-
Health centers to get help to increase services, open