To the Editor
I have been a Dover resident for 30 years. During much of that time I worked in the Dover school district. Certainly I value education
I spoke to some friends recently who were present at El Primer Paso's Oct. 8 Fall Fiesta. How surprised I was to hear that one of the honored guests was Assemblyman Anthony Bucco. Are you aware that Assemblyman Bucco has repeatedly sponsored legislation that would prohibit both public and private colleges and universities in New Jersey from admitting undocumented students? This proposed bill, A390 in the 2014-15 session would penalize the institution up to $150,000 for each occurrence. Colleges would be required to keep citizenship documentation on every student, the president of the institution would be personally assessed 20 percent of the fine.
In addition to Assembyman Bucco's proposed bill, there is also the issue of New Jersey's Dream Act, which Gov. Christie signed into law December 2013. Anthony Bucco, Jr. voted against the Dream Act, which permits undocumented students to attend New Jersey colleges and pay in-state tuition. Although he represents the citizens of Dover and Morristown, he declined to join four fellow Republicans who ultimately voted in favor of this law. Thus, he declined to support his Republican governor on this issue of considerable importance to many of his constituents.