ATLANTIC CITY – Last night, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Hirsh Singh issued a fiery rebuke condemning Governor Phil Murphy for his hypocritical stance towards India’s newest immigration policy.
Last Friday, Murphy called for Indian officials to rescind their Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) regarding religious criteria. Singh’s scathing response comes on the heels of a new report that revealed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani had allegedly planned to attack the capital of New Delhi prior to being killed in a drone strike ordered by President Trump.
“India’s new citizenship law threatens its long and proud history as a secular and diverse democratic nation by establishing a religious test for migrants. As the largest democracy in the world, India could set an example for us all by abandoning this restrictive and intolerant policy,” Murphy said. “As one of the most diverse states in the nation, New Jersey, with its strong and vibrant Muslim community, is particularly affected by these global crises. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ It is time for all nations, including ours, to take firm and unequivocal stances against the narrow thinking that is fueling these divisions and embrace the world as it should be — tolerant, pluralistic, and interconnected.”Murphy labeled the Indian policy as “authoritarian,” drawing parallels to China’s forced labor camps and “crimes against humanity.”
New Jersey, under Governor Murphy’s administration, has become a safe haven for immigrants and one of America’s leading sanctuary states.
Singh, a 34-year-old Indian American, has made waves with his conservative Republican platform. An Atlantic City native, Singh is one of Governor Murphy’s most prominent and vocal critics.
“This is nothing more than a smear job targeting one of America’s greatest allies,” said Singh. “[Governor Murphy has] been waiting for his chance to attack the peaceful nation of India ever since their Prime Minister openly expressed support for President Trump.”
In September, Indian PM Narendra Modi appeared with President Trump at a rally in Texas, where he declared to over 50,000 supporters that Trump “has made America great again!”
“That’s what this is really about,” Singh continued. “Right out of the Democrat playbook. They can’t stand it when anyone has something good to say about our President. They blast President Trump for securing our borders, calling him a bigot. Now, [Murphy] is getting back at India simply for making their country safer for their citizens.
“This is about peace and sovereignty in our nations. If [Murphy] really cared like he claims, he’d start by fixing the problems we’ve got right here in New Jersey. Instead, he chooses to throw out empty platitudes and attacks one of the fastest-developing nations on Earth.”
In 2019 alone, India was hit by at least six separate terror attacks, claiming 78 lives. Over the past two decades, nearly 200 terror groups have been found operating in the world’s second-most populous nation. The new measure was first presented to the lower house on December 9th, where it was overwhelmingly approved in a 311 to 80 vote.
“Phil Murphy wants to pretend like this has always been his position,” says Singh. “The reality is nothing more than disingenuous pandering. He’s never taken issue with similar policies from the U.S. or the U.N. or the E.U. In fact, he’s even supported them in the past.
“He’s silent when it comes to Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Catholics, thousands of whom are targeted all over the world with no recourse. To put India on the same level as these truly oppressive regimes is nothing short of hypocrisy of the highest order.”