By: Alex PappasNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has announced a plan to deport a million undocumented immigrants from New Jersey.
Christie says he would deport anyone who has been convicted of an aggravated felony, was in the country illegally or has been in the U.S. without authorization for at least three years.
He also plans to deport anyone with a criminal record, or is a felon or is on parole.
The plan will take effect on March 2.
According to a release from the New Jersey governor’s office, Christie’s plan would cost New Jersey taxpayers approximately $2.3 billion over five years.
According to Christie, the plan will help New Jersey recover from the effects of the economic recession that hit the state in the fall of 2015.
New Jersey’s population was roughly 3.5 million people at the beginning of this year.
The number of undocumented immigrants who reside in the state has grown to nearly 4 million people.
According the release, Christie said he wants to focus on removing those with criminal records, and those who have been in New Jersey without authorization since the start of the year.
Christie said that he will deport immigrants who have served time in prison, as well as anyone who was convicted of felony or misdemeanor offenses, as long as they did not have a job.
He said that this will help make New Jersey the “sanctuary state.”
Christie also said that his plan will “stop the spread of crime” by deporting undocumented immigrants without proper documentation, and that this would be done with “the utmost care.”
As of January 2018, New Jersey has an estimated population of 2.5 billion people, according to the latest census.
The state’s population will likely increase in the coming years, and the plan may push that number to 3.6 billion by the year 2050.