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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Murphy for Governor).

Murphy sends letter to Biden in support of Ukrainian refugees

Governor says state is ‘willing and ready’ to accept those fleeing war with Russia

By Joey Fox, March 02 2022 4:35 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy sent a letter to President Joe Biden today professing his support for Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion, and stating that he would be prepared to host Ukrainian refugees in New Jersey should the opportunity present itself.

“Last year, we were proud to host Afghan allies and their families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” Murphy wrote. “Now, we will be proud to do our part in welcoming Ukrainian men, women, and children who have left their generational homes in the face of Russia’s cruel and illegitimate invasion of Ukraine.”

Murphy added that he hopes Biden will grant Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians already in the United States and allow Ukrainian DACA recipients and student visa holders to be protected from deportation.

“We are a state built on the contributions of those who came here in search of safe harbor after leaving desperate situations, and we will extend a warm and sincere welcome to Ukrainians displaced by this senseless invasion,” he wrote. “We stand willing and ready to work with your administration to accept and admit Ukrainian refugees to our state.”

Last week, only a few hours before the invasion began, Murphy called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “bad, bad, bad dude” and said that the state was preparing in a number of ways for the coming conflict. Since the war started in earnest, the state legislature has taken action on two pieces of legislation, one that condemns Russian aggression and another that would prevent state entities from doing business with Russia.

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