Brown Backs Grossman, AC Start-Ups, Immigration Is Complicated – Friday’s Roundup

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Brown Backs Grossman
For those of you wondering what your Republican state senator Chris Brown thought of GOP Congressional candidate Seth Grossman’s views on race, he’s A-OK with them, according to the New Jersey Globe. We asked Brown’s aide if this was correct… He didn’t get back to us before Roundup press time (stay tuned to our site and Twitter for any update). It’s been a long few weeks in local and national politics, so if you fancy a refresher: the national Republican party withdrew support for Grossman (but it took a while), and Bill Sprouse interviewed Grossman for Route 40 here.

AC Start-Ups
An axe-throwing company and a small brewery went before Atlantic City’s Planning Board yesterday, Bill Sprouse reports for Route 40. “I’ve been sitting on this board for a long time, and I looked forward to the day where there would be five applications, and four of them are new start-ups,” Ronald Jordan, a board member said. “That’s a great day for Atlantic City. It really, really is. We’re on the right track.”

Immigration says ICE notified 75 New Jersey businesses they will be audited to determine whether they are employing unauthorized immigrants or committing other labor violations. Obviously, that should be a big deal in South Jersey, where everyone from healthcare providers to farmers to landscapers to casinos employ immigrants.

Consider, for a minute, this scenario: ICE fines your business and moves to deport a star employee. You think ICE was incorrect – your employee was authorized, or you recently submitted their still-pending visa application. What can you do? You could try to contest the ICE action. You would have to go to immigration court on your employee’s behalf. You discover there is a national backlog of more than 700,000 cases, some of which have been waiting a decade for a hearing. Right now in New Jersey there are 38,726 immigration cases pending. And for the kicker, New Jersey has the fifth-slowest immigration courts: an average case takes more than two years (825 days). And if you’re a business owner keeping your fingers crossed that ICE gets it right… sometimes ICE gets it wrong. Sometimes, really wrong.

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